Garganelli Pasta with Asparagus, Artichokes, Pea Purée and Fava Beans
Garganelli Pasta with Asparagus, Artichokes, Pea Purée and Fava Beans

This Recipe

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Serves: 4
  • Start to Finish: under 1 hour
  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving:
Total Calories: 431kcal (22%)
  • 141mg (6%) Sodium
  • 74g Carbs
  • 16g Fiber
  • 8g (12%) Fat
  • 3g (13%) Saturated Fat
  • 7g Sugars
  • 20g Protein
  • 123mg (12%) Calcium
  • 6mg (36%) Iron
431kcal (22%)141mg (6%)74g16g8g (12%)7g20g3g (13%)

Try this tasty recipe is from Chef Victor Casanova at Culina restaurant in Los Angeles. (300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles;


  • 4 baby artichokes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Zest of two lemons
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves removed
  • 8 ounces garganelli pasta (or use penne)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen baby peas
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 cup fava beans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 stalks of asparagus, cut into 2-inch sections
  • 2 cups baby spinach



1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Cut tops off the artichokes and peel the stems. Toss with olive oil, lemon zest, and rosemary. Place in a roasting pan covered with aluminum foil and roast for 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente, about 11 minutes. Drain and set aside.
4. While pasta cooks, put peas in a small pot and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and immediately drain, reserving half the liquid. Transfer peas to a blender and process on high. Add tarragon and just enough of the reserved liquid to help peas purée smoothly.
5. Then, bring a small pot of water to a boil and add the fava beans. Cook for 20 seconds, then drain and set aside.
6. In a large skillet, add butter and ½ cup water. Bring to a simmer and add asparagus, roasted artichokes, and spinach. Bring to a boil, then add cooked pasta and fava beans. Add pea purée, stirring to coat the pasta. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 seconds. Divide among 4 plates and serve immediately.

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