Pasta with Roasted Sunchokes, Lemon, & Parsley

pasta with roasted sunchokes

I first tried sunchokes at a restaurant.  They were in a salad: raw, sliced thin, with escarole and lots of lemon and salt and pepper.  I don’t remember much else about the salad– I think it was pretty straightforward– other than that it was delicious, and that I was bummed when it was taken off the menu.  I sort of forgot about sunchokes until recently, when I tried them again at the farmers’ market.  A seller was offering samples of the vegetable– small chunks sautéed with fresh turmeric and some kind of herb which I forget (sage maybe?).  I decided to buy a bag and bring it home to the fridge, where it sat and sat.  And sat.  Weeks later–after the holiday madness– I pulled out the bag and hesitantly inspected the tubers, which, to my surprise and delight, looked exactly the same as when I had bought them.  Which is to say, like funky little ginger potato hybrids.  I wasn’t entirely sure as to how to prep them and while I remembered that the sunchoke I had sampled at the market was unpeeled, I decided I should probably do a little research.  I’m glad I did.  Yes, the skin is indeed technically edible, however, when I learned that the sunchoke, or Jerusalem artichoke, is also known as the “fartichoke,” I figured it best to err on the side of caution.  After scrubbing the sunchokes, I peeled off the skin, rinsed them again (to remove even more excess starch– or at least that was the idea), then patted them dry.  I roasted them until they were browned and a little crispy yet also meltingly tender.  Served over pasta with lemon and parsley, they made for a very tasty, very gratifying dinner.

pasta with roasted sunchokessunchokes, jerusalem artichokes

1 lb sunchokes, peeled, rinsed, and dried, cut into ¼” slices
3-4 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly smashed with a chef’s knife handle
1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
salt and pepper, to taste
½ lemon, the juice and zest
½ cup parsley, chopped
12 oz pasta (fusili, bowties, and gemelli are all good choices)

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, toss sunchoke slices with 1 tbsp olive oil, some salt and pepper, and garlic. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  • Let sunchokes roast for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until lightly browned. Then remove from oven and drizzle with the lemon juice.
  • While sunchokes are roasting, cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  • Combine the pasta and sunchokes, drizzle with a bit more olive oil, and sprinkle on the parsley and lemon zest.  Taste for seasonings.

Yield: About 4 servings

pasta with roasted sunchokes

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