Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pasta with Adobo Cream Sauce

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    Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pasta with Adobo Cream Sauce |

    Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pasta with Adobo Cream Sauce |

    When you’re walking through a city, are there certain things that you like to avoid? Like big crowds or puddles of water or smokers? Or, do you try to dodge those grates on the sidewalk? Here in DC (and in NYC, too), there are always metal grates throughout the sidewalk and where it leads to, I don’t know. I just know they’re holey so if you’re wearing heels, you can’t walk on them, and a bunch of smoke spews out of them from time to time, and they also keep the homeless warm during the cold winters. The grates scare me. My biggest fear is to walk on one and have it collapse on me and me falling to my death in a black pit that god knows how far the drop is.

    Everyone I know always avoids them. We make it a point to avoid them and walk around them, even if that means we have to walk in a single line to get past the grates. It’s just scary, ya know? Some of the grates in DC are really dented, too, so who knows what kinda weight it can hold.

    Well, one of my biggest fears came to life the other day. Someone fell through one of these grates!! The guy fell 15 feet and suffered head and rib injuries. FIFTEEN FEET. That is a long long fall. I believe the guy is ok, but seriously, I’m never walking on those grates, ever!

    Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pasta with Adobo Cream Sauce |

    Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pasta with Adobo Cream Sauce |

    I created this pasta on a whim. I had bought chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and canned artichoke hearts while I was restocking the pantry and I knew I wanted to eventually use both in a dish. I hadn’t really thought about what exactly until one evening when we were home from work and starving. I opened up the pantry and saw the box of pasta, canned artichoke hearts, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Done. I’ll create something with that, but I also wanted some roasted element to this. Not something super overpowering, but something that would bring all the flavors together. I looked over in my little wooden bowl and saw an entire head of garlic just waiting to be roasted.

    And that is how this pasta dish came to be! It takes a bit of planning (although I definitely didn’t plan, haha) if you want to have some of the stuff prepped ahead of time (more specifically the roasting of the garlic).

    Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pasta with Adobo Cream Sauce

    Grab a large plate as you're going to want a huge helping of this roasted garlic and artichoke pasta with adobo cream sauce! If you like spicy foods, this is the dish for you! 
    Prep Time: 40 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 772kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 2 1/2 cups dried rotini pasta
    • 1 head garlic, roasted
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
    • 2 in chipotle peppers adobo sauce, chopped (more if you like more heat)
    • 1: 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
    • 1: 15 ounce can of artichoke hearts drained and cut in halves
    • 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste
    • 1/2 tsp pepper, more to taste
    • Parsley, for garnish


    • To roast garlic: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulbs but leave the individual skins on the cloves intact! Using a sharp knife, cut off 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic. Place the garlic heads on a sheet a foil, drizzle olive oil on top, sprinkle with a little salt, then wrap it up and place inside oven on the baking rack. Roast for 35-40 minutes. Allow the garlic to be cool enough so you can touch it and then squeeze the entire garlic bulb over a small bowl and all the individual cloves should squeeze right on out. Using the back of a fork, smash the roasted garlic cloves into a paste-like consistency. Set aside.
    • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook rotini pasta according to the instructions on the box. Once done cooking, drain and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.
    • In a large pot, over medium high heat, bring milk to a simmer then whisk in flour. Whisk for another 2-3 minutes to thicken. Stir in chipotle peppers, diced tomatoes, and roasted garlic. Whisk to incorporate and to make sure there are no big lumps (minus the diced tomatoes, of course), and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the artichoke hearts, salt, and pepper. If mixture is too thick, you can add some of the reserved pasta water, or you can omit it.
    • Add the cooked pasta to the pot, cut the heat, and stir until all is incorporated and combined.
    • Serve hot and sprinkle parsley on top for garnish (optional).


    Nutrition Facts
    Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pasta with Adobo Cream Sauce
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 772 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Carbohydrates 148g49%
    Fiber 11g44%
    Sugar 27g30%
    Protein 34g68%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • taylor @ taylormade says:

    ahhh, this looks absolutely delicious and has me craving pasta before 7 am! not normal. I would have never thought to use adobo chipotle peppers in pasta – what a great idea! I’ll definitely be trying this one.

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    You had me at garlic and artichoke. Pinned for later!!!

  • Tieghan says:

    This is my kind of pasta! The artichokes, roasted garlic and chipotle adobo cream sauce!?!? In love with this, Julie! So incredible! :)

  • Melanie @ says:

    I’m loving the sound of roasted garlic with artichokes and pasta. Looks fabulous!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Deliciousness! Love everything about this pasta dish and always have these ingredients on hand in the pantry. Another winning recipe, Julie! And, yes…avoid those grates. Yikes! Will be pinning during Pinterest peak time tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  • K. says:


    Will be making this, most certainly!

    • Julie says:

      Hope you make and enjoy it, K!

  • Erin | THe Law Students' Wife says:

    SCARY!! Talk about affirming your fears. I’m going to be extra cautions about the ones around here now!

  • HeatherChristo says:

    Oh man- another killer pasta dish!! The artichokes seal the deal for me :)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Nooooooooo are you serious?? Those grates freak me the heck out because I’m always afraid I’m going to fall into them but it actually happened?!

    Gah, can’t think about it. All I want to think about is eating a big bowl of this pasta!

  • Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg says:

    Artichokes and pasta, I’m in! I avoid those grates too. They are scary. :)

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Perfect pasta dinner, can’t wait to enjoy!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    This looks absolutely delicious, Julie! :)

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    Thats crazy that someone actually fell through the grates! SO SCARY and please avoid!

    This pasta with artichokes is rocking my world!

  • marla says:

    Well now I am certainly craving lunch!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Gorgeous plate of pasta, I love the roasted garlic and artichokes!

  • ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    This pasta is a serious dream boat, Julie!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    Wow, I can’t believe somebody actually fell through a grate! My falling right now consists of falling into a large bowl of this pasta!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Woah… talk about a bad day!! I’m pretty sure I avoid them too but we don’t really have them here. I think they’re mostly near sidewalks and stuff… which my town totally doesn’t have lol. That’s seriously scary though. But this pasta isn’t ;) mmmm pasta… carbs.

  • Stephanie says:

    Wow, I’ve never thought twice about walking over those grates, without or without heels on. (I learned how to walk over them with heels on a long time ago so I don’t get stuck.) But I’ve never seen or heard anyone fall down before! I use to scare people I knew by hopping on them, but I think I’ll be more careful now… Side story, I know someone who once saw someone get electrocuted stepping on a sewer cap/manhole cover. So I’ve stopped walking on those. =X

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Love this, Julie!

  • Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes says:

    Woah, does this pasta look god, Julie! I’m pretty sure adobo cream sauce makes the world go round and is the stuff that dreams are made of!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    Garlic and artichokes, hello mama!!! I always avoid the grates when im in nyc/dc!!! Hate them and that is so scary someone actually fell threw! Glad to hear they are okay!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This pasta dish is delectable! Oh goodness, I am drooling

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    Woah- this sounds so spicy and delicious. Spicy food has been giving me the worst heartburn lately but I also have been craving it so I’ve been suffering through it. This needs to be on our menu soon!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Gosh, those grates scare me too! So scary that someone actually fell!

    This pasta looks wonderful! You had me at garlic and then you mentioned that sauce!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    You totally got me on garlic and artichoke, definitely a must try recipe. And those grates sound scary! Glad that guy is ok, I can’t imagine if that happened to me.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Nice! I really like the use of the smoky chipotle chilies in adobo here!

  • Lynna says:

    I would be scare to walk on them too! & This dish looks delicious! I haven`t had a pasta dish in awhile and this is making me crave some!

  • Kelly Ray says:

    I made this last night…it was SO GOOD! I only had crushed tomatoes, not diced and I had the large can so I used the whole box of rotini and the whole can of crushed tomatoes. It came out a little like a tomato cream sauce and was FANTASTIC! I’d never roasted garlic before either. So good! This was the first recipe I’ve tried of yours…Thanks Julie!

    • Julie says:

      This makes me so happy to hear, Kelly! I hope you try many more recipes :)

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    YESYSYYESYES. (obviously I’m getting caught up on my reader)

    FEED meh.

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