Penne with Artichoke Hearts

Penne with Artichoke Hearts Category Pasta 
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Ingredients And Procedures

9 ozs artichoke hearts, frozen -- defrosted

8 ozs fresh spinach -- washed

1 lb penne -- cooked al dente

1 sm onion -- thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic -- minced

3/4 tsp oregano

salt and pepper -- to taste 3/8 c dry white wine

3 tbsps lemon juice

3/4 c fat-free ricotta cheese

1 tbsp lemon zest -- grated

Slice about 2/3 of artichokes into small wedges; chop remainder into paste. Set aside. While pasta is cooking, saute onion and garlic in water until soft. Add oregano, salt and fresh-ground pepper. Reduce heat to low and stir in wine, lemon juice, spinach leaves (if desired) and reserved artichokes. Simmer, stirring, until spinach is wilted and all is heated through (1-3 minutes). Stir in ricotta. Drain pasta and add to sauce; remove from heat and add lemon zest just before serving.

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