Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

I made this up, inspired by a recipe from Food and Wine. While this looks like a lot of vinegar, don't worry! By boiling it, the acidity goes away and a thick, semi-sweet/savory syrup is left.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil a large pot of water for pasta, cook according to package directions. Drain and toss with 3 T butter.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium-low heat. Boil, stirring constantly about 5-10 minutes or until balsamic has become the consistency of maple syrup. There should only be about 3-4 T left. Be careful not to burn,.
  3. Meanwhile, place 1 T of butter in a skillet with onions and salt and pepper to taste. Stir fry onions over medium heat until transparent. Add broccoli and mushrooms along with 1/3 cup water. Cook, stirring every now and then for about 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender and water has evaporated.
  4. Mix pasta, balsamic reduction, cooked veggies, raw spinach and cheese together. Serve and garnish with extra pepper and cheese.
Most Helpful

This is a super easy and very flavorful pasta dish! I used whole wheat fusilli instead of penne, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for a great recipe!

marky September 24, 2012