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penne pasta with sliced chicken sausage, tomatoes, artichokes and lemon in a green bowl

Lemony Italian Chicken & Artichoke Pasta

This flavorful and easy lemony Italian Chicken Artichoke pasta cooks in the time it takes to boil the noodles with very little prep work.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword artichoke, chicken, easy, Italian, lemon, sausage, weeknight
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 385 kcal


  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces al fresco Pasta Night Mild Italian Style Chicken Sausage sliced into 1/4" coins
  • 14 ounces artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Thinly slice the shallots and red onion.

  2. Wash the tomatoes and slice them in half.

  3. Drain, rinse and coarsely chop the artichoke hearts.

  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. When the water boils, add 1 Tablespoon of salt and the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water to use in the sauce.

  5. While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.

  6. Saute the onions and shallots for 5 minutes, until softened.

  7. Add the sliced chicken sausage and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently and browning on all sides.

  8. Add the artichoke hearts to the pan and saute for 2 minutes.

  9. Next, add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes more, until the tomatoes begin to soften. Stir frequently.

  10. Add the reserved pasta water and fresh juice from 1/2 of a lemon to the saute pan, scraping up the browned bits.

  11. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss to coat with sauce.

  12. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add more freshly squeezed lemon juice, if preferred.

  13. Serve with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Lemony Italian Chicken & Artichoke Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 604mg26%
Potassium 226mg6%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 822IU16%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.