Quick Farmer’s Market Pasta

Quick Farmer's Market Pasta
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
55 min
4 servings

This pasta is very fresh and light. A perfect summer meal.



cloves fresh garlic, peeled and finely sliced
pts cherry tomatoes, on the vine
cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
lb(s) penne pasta
Tbsp sugar
lb(s) loose pork sausage
- 3 small zucchini, sliced
can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered or 2 fresh globe artichokes, trimmed to the hearts and cut into quarters
cup freshly grated Parmesan
bunch fresh basil leaves


Step 1

In a large heavy sauté pan add the sliced garlic and the clusters of cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put the pan over low-medium heat on the stove top and cook slowly until the tomatoes are just about falling apart and their juices have been extracted into the olive oil forming a nice sauce, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Step 3

Reserve 2 to 3 clusters of roasted tomatoes for garnish. Discard the vine stems and purée or squash the remaining tomatoes in the pan, with a spoon, so you have nice chunky pieces of tomato in all the delicious tomato juice and olive oil. Stir in the sugar. This will be the sauce for the pasta.

Step 4

In a large sauté pan heat a 3-count of olive oil and sauté the loose pork sausage until brown and caramelized. Remove and set aside on a plate while you cook the zucchini. To the same pan add some more olive oil and sauté the zucchini until caramelized around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add the artichokes and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Add the sausage back to the pan and toss in pasta and the tomato sauce. Mix well over high heat to ensure everything is heated through and evenly coated. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter.

Step 5

To serve, sprinkle with Parmesan, basil leaves and top with a cluster of roasted cherry tomatoes.

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