Make a luscious pasta dish with no cheese, cream or butter? Absolutely! The canned artichoke hearts get blended into a creamy sauce that's mixed with roasted red peppers, olives, capers and fresh herbs for a colorful dinner. This is an out-of-the-box, unexpected vegan pasta dish that will delight your family and be easy on the budget.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions for al dente.
Meanwhile, blend the drained artichoke hearts, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large high-sided skillet or braiser over medium heat. Add the roasted red peppers, olives, capers and red pepper flakes and sauté until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and a drizzle of oil if needed. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is slightly softened but not brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the blended artichoke hearts, then reduce the heat to low.
When the pasta is ready, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta and add it directly to the skillet with the artichoke sauce. Add about 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and toss together until the sauce and water become a cohesive creamy mixture, add more pasta water as needed. Turn off the heat. Add the basil and parsley, toss to combine and serve.
If you prefer to use fresh fettuccine, make sure to choose an eggless pasta to keep this dish vegan.