Balsamic Butter Pasta with Roasted Asparagus
1 lb fresh asparagus, green beans, or broccoli
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp brown sugar
1 lb your choice of pasta
4 T. butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, plus more for Serving
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Snap the tough ends off the asparugus and throw away. Cut the asparagus in 1 inch pieces,(if using green beans do the same and if using broccoli just into bite size pieces)Put the asparugus or whatever veg you are using on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and 3/4 tsp pepper. Roast in the oven till tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
While the asparugus roasts, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until the vinegar is reduced to about 3 T, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and an additional 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Remove from the heat.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. When done drain water. Return to pot and toss the pasta with the vinegar mixture and butter. Toss to combine well. add the asparagus (veggie of your choice) and the parmesan cheese and mix well. Serve immediately with more cheese. French bread and a green salad!!!