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There are always a few ingredients that will always catch my eye when I see them in a recipe: bacon, browned butter, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. So when I came across this recipe with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes, with some sausage and pasta thrown in – I knew I wanted to try it. This was my idea of a perfect weeknight dinner. Easy and fast, and not too many ingredients. And the bonus is that the leftovers are just as good! (I sometimes find myself judging a recipe by how good the leftovers are!)

It’s funny to see how my tastes have changed over the years. We are a sauce loving family, but I have really learned to love these dishes that aren’t full of sauce. And believe me – you won’t miss a heavy sauce with all of the flavors going on in this pasta!!

Photo updated June 2012


Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

An easy pasta dish with sausage, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes.


  • 1/2 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced, 2 tablespoons of oil reserved
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • 8 oz. artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 8 oz. short cut pasta
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, cubed
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat the oil reserved from the tomatoes in a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook until brown, breaking up the meat into bite-size pieces with a fork, about 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a bowl. Add the artichokes and garlic to the same skillet, and saute over medium heat until the garlic is tender, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and sun-dried tomatoes. Boil over medium-high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta in boiling water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta (do not rinse). Add the pasta, sausage, Parmesan, basil, and parsley to the artichoke mixture. Toss until the sauce is almost absorbed by the pasta. Stir in the mozzarella. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve, passing the additional Parmesan cheese alongside.
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  4. adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride, who adapted it from Giada's Family Dinners


Original photo from 2011

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20 Responses to Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    This pasta look delicious! I LOVE the ingredients! Thanks!

  2. Kim says:

    Artichokes and pasta always get my attention too! Looks delicious.

  3. Tasha says:

    This is so something I would love- especially if it was made with chicken sausages. Then you'd have all my favorites in one perfect pasta dish!

  4. Holly says:

    I could totally go for some of this right now!!

  5. Joanne says:

    I actually LOVE dishes like this with lots of mix-ins and less sauce. It's fun not knowing what i'm going to get a bite of next!

  6. Kristen - Dine & Dish says:

    Will you come make this for dinner for me, please? I don't think I can go to bed until I have some of this. Looks delicious!

  7. Kristen - Dine & Dish says:

    Will you come make this for dinner for me, please? I don't think I can go to bed until I have some of this. Looks delicious!

  8. Jennifurla says:

    what a gorgeous meal, I love the ingredients list. This is my favorite sort of re-heated meal for work.

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That is a wonderfully comforting dish! Yummy.



  10. teresa says:

    i just love gorgeous pasta dishes like this, excellent flavors!

  11. Miss Meat and Potatoes says:

    Hard to beat sausage and pasta. This looks great! Thanks for sharing:)

  12. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    Aw too bad I don't live in Utah and couldn't watch your news segment! Hope it went great!

  13. ButterYum says:

    Yumm-o! I bet this would be great made with well seasoned ground beef too (lots of onions and garlic). Mmm, mmm, mmm.


  14. ButterYum says:

    Yumm-o! I bet this would be great made with well seasoned ground beef too (lots of onions and garlic). Mmm, mmm, mmm.


  15. scrambledhenfruit says:

    Lots of flavor here- a great easy meal!

  16. Emily says:

    Yum! This sounds like a good dinner to me. I love, love artichokes.

  17. grace says:

    sausage and sun-dried tomatoes are among my eye-catchers as well. delightful creation, deborah!

  18. beth says:

    i just made this dish and it was kind of a disaster! although it tasted good, i wouldn't recommend this to anyone. the mozzarella basically just turned into GLUE and was impossible to spoon and cleaning the pot i made it in is even MORE of a nightmare. ugh!!

  19. Deborah says:

    Beth – I'm sorry it didn't work out for you! I didn't have that problem at all, but I know recipes work out different for different people. Sorry!

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