Artichoke & Pine Nut Pesto

A simple pasta that is quick to throw together, yet is bursting with a ton of flavor from the marinated artichokes. Or, forget the pasta and spread this warm pesto (without the reserved pasta water) over crunchy baguettes slices for a great tasting appy!


Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over med-high heat. Once they start to brown, shake the pan frequently until all sides are golden. Toasting brings out their aromatic oils, making them so much more flavorful. ArtichokePestoPasta2

Using the reserved pasta water does two things – thins out the pesto into a more sauce-like consistency, as well it helps to thicken the sauce due to the starch that was cooked out of the pasta. Use as much of the water as you’d like, until you get the consistency you want. ArtichokePestoPasta3


Artichoke & Pine Nut Pesto

Marla Hingley
Use this versatile pesto as a pasta sauce, or omit the reserved pasta water and use to spread over a crusty baguette as an appy, or mix with some mayo and use as a condiment on sandwiches or burgers.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4


  • 1 cup marinated artichokes drained & quartered
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts toasted
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 Tbsp fresh tarragon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Boil pasta of your choice, and cook to al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining..
  • Add pine nuts and remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until you get the consistency you want. Use as little or as much olive oil as you like - adding the reserved pasta water will thin the pesto out into a sauce (if you don't use as much oil in the pesto, you may need to add more water).
  • Place pasta into a large skillet, and add pesto. Stir in enough pasta water until mixture loosens and a sauce is created. Gently heat until warmed throughout.


- In place of the marinated artichokes, you can use plain canned or frozen ones. You just may need to add more herbs and seasonings until you get the flavor you want.
- For Dairy-Free: replace parmesan with an equal amount of cooked quinoa. Stir in the quinoa after you've processed the rest of the ingredients, or you can pulse it a few times if you like in the food processor - whatever texture you like. The quinoa will add the volume to the pesto, then all you need to add is a bit more seasonings to replace the flavor lost from the cheese.
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  1. Looks delicious. I never thought of using artichokes before. great idea 🙂

  2. I cook for a granddaughter, who is allergic to almonds, lettuce, eggs, dairy and is also allergic to gluten. It is really a challenge to come up with any recipes that are tasty and appealing. Do you have any recipes for entree’s and desserts that might possibly work??

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