Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter Recipe

Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter Recipe

How To Make Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter

Roasted asparagus completes this simple pasta dish that’s tossed in a tangy mix of butter, vinegar, and sugar. Top with Parmesan to finish!

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 1lbasparagus
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 2tspsalt
  • ½tspfresh-ground black pepper
  • ½cupbalsamic vinegar,plus 2 tbsp
  • ½tspbrown sugar
  • 1lbpenne
  • ¼lbbutter
  • 1cupparmesan cheese,grated


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and discard them. Cut the spears into 1-inch pieces.

  3. Put the asparagus on a baking sheet and toss with the oil and ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes until tender.

  4. Meanwhile, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer until 3 tablespoons remain.

  5. Stir in the brown sugar and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Remove from the heat.

  6. Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling, salted water for about 13 minutes until just done.

  7. Drain the pasta and toss with the butter, vinegar, asparagus, Parmesan, and the remaining 1¾ teaspoons salt.

  8. Serve with additional Parmesan.


  • Calories: 852.60kcal
  • Fat: 37.83g
  • Saturated Fat: 21.49g
  • Trans Fat: 0.93g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.41g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.13g
  • Carbohydrates: 96.32g
  • Fiber: 6.10g
  • Sugar: 10.61g
  • Protein: 31.01g
  • Cholesterol: 86.23mg
  • Sodium: 763.48mg
  • Calcium: 508.70mg
  • Potassium: 564.05mg
  • Iron: 4.50mg
  • Vitamin A: 314.06µg
  • Vitamin C: 6.35mg
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