1 lb. asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
salt & pepper to taste
1 lb. pasta
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
1/3 c. Parmesan, plus more for serving
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. In a medium sized bowl, toss the asparagus pieces with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Move to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain. Return to cooking pot.
While the pasta is cooking and the asparagus is baking, simmer the balsamic vinegar over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until it has reduced a little. Add in the brown sugar and a little more black pepper.
When the pasta is returned to the cooking pot, add in the butter. Pour the vinegar mixture over, then toss. Add in the baked asparagus and parmesan. You can add a little more salt if you desire. Toss again. Serve hot, with additional parmesan to each serving.
This recipe is quick, easy, and tasty!
Here's a link to the recipe I used: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/penne-with-roasted-asparagus-and-balsamic-butter/