Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Balsamic Butter Pasta with Roasted Asparagus

So I found this gem of a recipe over at Mel's Kitchen cafe. I spotted it awhile ago and have had it bookmarked to try. Since asparagus was on sale here last week I decided to pick some up and finally give this recipe a try. Now if you don't like asparugus or it is a little pricey you can always use broccoli or fresh green beans. They would be just as good in this recipe. We love pasta and i have to say that I am more adventurous in that department than my hubby and kids. They are kind of boring and usually only like a red sauce or alfredo so when they claimed they really liked this I was excited!!! This dish is super easy and comes together fast. It is great for a weeknight meal when you are in a hurry and short on time. If you want a lighterish(I am sure I made that word up)and fast supper give this pasta a try!!!  

Balsamic Butter Pasta with Roasted Asparagus
Serves 4-6
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!!!

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