Vino & Veggies


Oooooomg. Dinner tonight = bliss. It’s been stamped. I freaking loved it. It was that good!

Balsamic & White Wine Roasted Vegetable Pasta



I started by making some Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli in the oven.

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While the veggies were roasting, I cooked some Ronzoni Smart Taste Penne Pasta.


I love this pasta because it’s got added fiber and calcium…


and 6 grams of protein per serving is bomb! Plus it tastes really good. :)

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While the pasta was cooking, I chopped up one onion with my Pampered Chef Quick Chop. Fun Fact: I actually LOVE to chop food with my favorite chef’s knife, but sometimes, you’ve got things to do…know what I mean?!

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I only needed ~1/8 of an onion for this recipe, but whenever I am chopping an onion, I process the whole thing and store whatever I don’t use in a freezer bag in the freezer. That way, the next time I need some chopped onion, it’s all ready to go!


Next I sautéed the onion and some salt & pepper in 2 teaspoons of olive oil, in a skillet on medium-low heat. Five minutes later, I added 2 chopped garlic cloves and stirred constantly, cooking for another minute or so.

Then I went around the pan twice with some Two Vines Sauvignon Blanc.

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This is your average white wine – but I dug it! You should never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink, as the flavor gets concentrated as it cooks. Therefore, a taste test was necessary. I obliged ;)


In addition to the wine, I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and 1 Tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Let this bubble away on low for about 3 minutes, or until it gets slightly thickened. Don’t be scared – cooking with white wine is a breeze!


By this time the pasta was just about cooked, so I swiped a little cup of the cooking water and hydrated some sun-dried tomatoes for a couple minutes.


Finally I drained the pasta and sun-dried tomatoes, and added it back to the pot with the roasted veggies and balsamic white wine sauce. Stir & serve!


I CANNOT express to you how much I love roasted brussels sprouts!! I could have eaten ALL of them!


The garlic, onion, white wine and balsamic vinegar combo was just insane. This light sauce was a terrific pairing with the crunchy, roasted veggies. Try this you guys! It’s no fail – promise!!!


Alrighty – got to jet – Ben and I are on BABY DUTY tonight! We’re babysitting Finn, so wish us…and him…luck!! :D


What’s your favorite kitchen item or gadget?

My mini food processor is quite high on my list!

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  1. Melanie 11.19.2009

    We have got to stop being so much alike! I had roasted brussels sprouts tossed with pasta last night! It was my first brussels sprouts experience since I was a kid – and, roasted, they were must better than I remembered! :) I’m very much looking forward to getting a PC food chopper from my sister for Christmas, but as for now, one of my favorite kitchen gadgets is probably my PC cheese grater (the hand crank kind).

  2. Evan Thomas 11.19.2009

    I would kill for a food processor. We have a mini pulser that doesn’t cut it. Maybe for Christmas.
    And that’s the pasta we always had at hoe. I agree it tastes great and the added nutrition is so comforting

  3. Wine always make food taste better ;)

  4. If my crock pot counts as a gadget it wins. If no I love my george foreman with removable plates. I use it all the time and it makes easy waffles.

  5. OMG that looks amazing!! I love the smart taste pasta :)
    Fave kitchen gadget has GOT to be my stick blender. I use it ALL the time!

  6. Bridget 11.19.2009

    I found your site recently after looking for running blogs in Iowa. I’m just an hour north of you and my hubby is a Northern Iowa alumni! I love your recipes and I too am obsessed with brussel sprouts. I’m writing to tell you that we grow them in our garden and they’re quite easy. If you have even a small patch of land you can easily grow a few plants and enjoy them all summer long. There are so many things that you like in terms of veggies that are so easy and cost efficient to grow. We have 5 acres so we have plenty of space but it’s not that difficult! I enjoy your blog thoroughly. My favorite kitchen gadget is more of a utensil–my large knife. It’s sharp and gets the job done!

  7. Anne K. 11.19.2009

    I LOVE roasted brussels sprouts, too! I made some brussies tonight and they were awesome ;) Yours look awesome with the pasta. My fave kicthen gadget is my electric tea kettle. It boils water SUPER fast for my tea!

  8. Christina 11.19.2009

    That looks delicious, even the brussel sprouts which I’m not usually a fan of!

  9. Gudrun 11.19.2009

    roasted Brussels Sprouts are a favorite in our house. In fact, when a veggie might be suspect with the kids, we roast them and the kids love it! Great idea for the pasta, will have to try that next time.

    Favorite Kitchen Gadgets? Microplaner and pressure cooker.

  10. Leianna 11.19.2009

    I love all my Pampered Chef stuff and miss it all because it’s all in boxes!
    Can’t wait to pull it all out and make this great recipe!

  11. BroccoliHut 11.20.2009

    Yum–broccoli AND brussels sprouts!
    Fave gadget=hand blender.

  12. katie 11.20.2009

    that is the perfect pasta meal! yum! have fun babysitting!

  13. Mikael 11.20.2009

    That pasta sounds and looks utterly amazing! =)

  14. Lele 11.21.2009

    I did not know you could keep chopped onion in the freezer! Great tip!

  15. Anna 01.07.2010

    OMG, that sounds so good… I love brussies AND broccoli… I’m going to make this recipe this weekend… thanks for sharing!

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