1) Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Add the sugar snap peas to the boiling water and set a timer for 3 minutes. While the peas cook, fill a medium bowl halfway with ice and then fill up with cold water. As soon as the timer goes off, remove the peas from the boiling water with a large slotted spoon and place into the ice bath for a couple of minutes to shock the peas and preserve their bright green color.
2) Bring the cooking water back to boiling and add the pasta, cooking according to the directions on the package.
3) While the pasta is cooking, cut the grape tomatoes in half with a sharp knife.
4) Drain the cooked pasta and pour into a large bowl to cool. While cooling, chop the marinated artichokes on a cutting board. Scrape the artichokes and marinade oil from the cutting board into the cooling pasta. It is good to keep some of the marinade from the artichokes to prevent the pasta from sticking and to add flavor. Repeat until all of the artichokes have been chopped and added to the pasta.
5) Add halved tomatoes, snap peas, spinach and cheese to the pasta mixture. Also add torn fresh basil, chopped fresh chives and/or chopped red onion if desired for more flavor, and toss together until well combined. Add some balsamic vinaigrette just prior to serving and toss. Add vinaigrette as the bowl empties as needed, but go easy on the dressing. Enjoy!
Balsamic vinaigrette Dressing Directions
1) Combine vinegar, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper together in a container with a lid. Put the lid on and shake vigorously.