Monday, September 27, 2010

Recipe: Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter

I make a lot of vegan food, but still occasionally make things that are shamelessly un-vegan. Like this amazing pasta recipe that I got from my father-in-law. There's no getting around the butter and parmesan cheese in this one, so don't try. Just go for it and enjoy it. This can be made in about twenty minutes start to finish. It is delicious.

Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter
Serves 4

1–1½ pounds asparagus (the more the better)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 pound penne
1/4 pound butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and put a large pot of salted water on to boil. While the oven heats and the water boils, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer until 3 tablespoons remain. Stir in the brown sugar. Remove from the heat. While the vinegar simmers, snap the tough ends off the asparagus and discard them. Cut the spears into 1-inch pieces. Put the asparagus on a baking sheet and toss with the oil and salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 10 minutes. Cook the penne in the pot of boiling, salted water until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the butter, vinegar, asparagus, Parmesan, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with additional Parmesan.


Lisa H. said...

this sounds so good right now.

Barry said...

I'm glad you posted the recipe. It was so good, I had to restrain myself from having thirds.

Gwen said...

so delicious! i just made this for lisa! haha!

J I L L A I R E said...

Maggie LOVES this and is always asking if we can have "brown pasta" for dinner. Too bad she doesn't love asparagus.

whitney blane said...

that looks so delicious! Now i have to decide between this and an egg tahini salad recipe i found for hard to choose!!

Gwen said...

just made this again, only i didn't have asparagus. it was still delicious...what beats pasta with loads of cheese and butter?