Balsamic Pasta Toss

We probably make balsamic pasta at least once a week. It’s an easy way to throw together leftovers for a complete, healthy meal. It’s more of an idea than a recipe – basically I just take whatever vegetables I have in the fridge, saute them in a little butter – then simmer in balsamic vinegar. Toss with some pasta, and top with Parmesan. Easy enough!

Balsamic Pasta Toss

Vegetables (If I plan ahead – my favorite combo of veggies to use is asparagus and mushrooms. We also love using zucchini, yellow squash, grape tomatoes, spinach and fresh basil. I am going to try it with some butternut squash, green beans and arugula later this week.)
Pasta – any kind: (I usually use bowties or penne, mostly because they are easier for the girls to eat)
Butter or Olive Oil (I usually use butter)
Balsamic Vinegar
Parmesan cheese – a must!

1. Heat just enough butter or olive oil in to coat saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute vegetables until desired tenderness, adding in a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 1-2 minutes before the vegetables are done.
2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.
3. Toss the vegetables and pasta together. Plate, and top with Parmesan.

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  1. says

    Leisha, I tried this tonight, it was really yum! What a brilliant idea to use balsamic vinegar- we usually toss pasta and veggies in olive oil and garlic and maybe basil with whatever veggies we have, but wow, I loved all your ideas for veggie combinations. I used yellow squash, mushrooms, red pepper and basil and of course added some garlic in, yum! I’m excited to try the mushroom and asparagus and I will definitely add in more veggies than I did this time, so good!

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