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HEATHER MARIANNA THE BEAUTY GURU

HEATHER MARIANNA THE BEAUTY GURU

Its officially warm out, and when that happens I seem to eat lighter and healthier (probably because I am showing more skin and hitting the gym hard again). With this in mind, I wanted to share a recipe I love to make that is actually semi-healthy (as I use veggie pasta) and tastes great!

Artichoke Pasta and Lemon Butter Sauce
This artichoke pasta recipe is an easy, but elegant dinner option. It’s tossed in a rich, flavorful, lemon butter sauce and garnished with lots of fresh mint.

Ingredients
-8 roasted baby artichokes, halved or quartered (or 1 large artichoke and use the leaves)
-Lemon Butter Sauce (recipe below)
-8 ounces spaghetti or linguine pasta
-2 tablespoons chopped parsley
-¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
-Freshly ground black pepper
-½ cup reserved pasta water
-¼ cup pine nuts
-⅓ cup fresh mint leaves, for garnish
-Lemon wedges, for serving
-Pecorino cheese, for serving, optional

Instructions
-Steam or bake your artichokes with lemon and prepare the lemon butter sauce.
-Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions, or until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the starchy pasta water before draining.
-Drain and return the pasta back to the pot.
-Add the artichokes, lemon butter sauce, parsley, salt, and several grinds of pepper and toss to coat.
-If the pasta looks too dry, add the reserved pasta water, ¼ cup at a time, until lightly saucy.
-Portion into bowls and top with the pine nuts and mint leaves. Serve with lemon wedges and pecorino cheese, if desired.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce
This lemon garlic butter sauce is rich, flavorful, and SO easy to make! Serve it on pasta, couscous, roasted veggies, and more.

Ingredients
-¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
-1 garlic clove, grated
-¼ teaspoon sea salt
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-Freshly ground black pepper
-Parsley, for garnish
-Pinch red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
-Add the garlic and salt and cook for 1 minute.
-Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice.
-Season with freshly ground pepper and sprinkle with parsley and red pepper flakes, if using.
-Serve with steamed artichokes for dipping or toss with pasta.

Bon Appétit!

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