Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter

Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter
Adapted from foodandwine.com
Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter

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PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from foodandwine.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    pound asparagus

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil

  • 2

    teaspoons salt

  • 1/2

    teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

  • 1/2

    cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2

    teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1

    pound penne

  • 1/4

    pound butter, cut into pieces

  • 1/3

    cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Directions

Heat the oven to 400°. 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 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 10 minutes. Advertisement Meanwhile, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer until 3 tablespoons remain. Stir in the brown sugar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from the heat. Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the butter, vinegar, asparagus, Parmesan, and the remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt. Serve with additional Parmesan. NOTES Variations: • Penne with Roasted Broccoli and Balsamic Butter When asparagus is not in season, cut 1 pound of broccoli into small spears for roasting. Toss them with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and roast for about 15 minutes. Continue with step 2. • Penne with Roasted Vegetables, Toasted Nuts, and Balsamic Butter Toss in 1/3 cup of toasted pine nuts, hazelnuts, or walnuts at the end with either asparagus or broccoli. SUGGESTED PAIRING Balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, and especially asparagus will be best served by a wine with plenty of acidity. Look for a Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France (made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes) or a Sauvignon Blanc from Italy.

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