Balsamic Pasta Primavera

This became one of our favorite recipes last fall and we’ve made it several times since. It’s a great way to use up extra veggies and clean out the fridge at the same time. Plus, it’s delicious! The balsamic and roasted vegetables are a perfect flavor combo. My mom passed on this recipe to me and it’s quickly become a new favorite. Easy, healthy, delicious — holy trinity!
Balsamic Pasta Primavera
1 package whole-wheat penne pasta
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 pint grape tomatoes
1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
5 spears asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
Add pasta and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente; drain. In a bowl, toss squash, zucchini, carrot, red bell pepper, tomatoes, green beans, and asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning. Arrange vegetables on the baking sheet, and roast 15 minutes, until tender.
Heat remaining olive oil and butter in a large skillet. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook until tender. Mix in cooked pasta, lemon zest, basil, parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Gently toss and cook until heated through. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.
Toss with roasted vegetables and sprinkle with Romano cheese to serve.

~ by spontaneoustruth on January 24, 2012.

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