Recipe ~ Balsamic Penne with Asparagus

Balsamic Penne with Asparagus

We came up with this one out of necessity. You see, we were shopping at Trader Joe’s and swore we were running out of balsamic vinegar so we got a big old jug. Well, we were in fact running low on the bottle that we had open, but we had already bought a replacement a while back! Oops! So naturally we are trying to use some balsamic. I remember ordering a dish similar to this at an Italian restaurant around here so we decided to give something similar a shot.

Disclaimer: you should be a fan of balsamic vinegar if you are going to make this dish.

This recipe is completely vegetarian and is super healthy! The only photo you get is the one above, since we didn’t think to make it a post until after. It’s just so dang delicious that we had to share!

Recipe ~ Balsamic Penne with Asparagus

Recipe type: Entree
Author: Look Before Spending
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. pasta (any kind)
  • 1-1.5 lb asparagus (broccoli works great here too!)
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar (leave the 3/4 measuring cup about 1 tbsp shy of being full)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Begin by simmering the balsamic vinegar (turn on kitchen vents!)
  2. After about 5 minutes, preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  3. Cut 1-2 inches off of the ends of asparagus and place on a baking sheet
  4. pour olive oil over asparagus and hit with a dash of salt and pepper
  5. Boil water for pasta
  6. Right after you put the Asparagus into the oven, start cooking the pasta. Each should take around 10 minutes.
  7. Continue reducing the balsamic until there is about 3-4 tbsp left.
  8. If the pasta finishes before the balsamic, remove, strain and put back in pot.
  9. Add the butter to the pasta.
  10. Add the roasted asparagus to the butter and pasta
  11. When the balsamic is reduced, remove from head and stir while adding the brown sugar and a dash of black pepper
  12. Pour balsamic onto pasta with butter and asparagus and mix until everything is incorporated.
  13. Top with Parmesan cheese to taste
  14. That’s it!

There ya go! The key to this recipe is timing. You’ve got to start the balsamic reduction 5-10 before everything else. Keep the stove on medium low for the reduction and stir often. This recipe is absolutely delicious. Of course, if you like balsamic. If not, you may want to try something else.

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