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Penne al Balsamico

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Servings: 6
Recipe by Iole Aguero


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup basil chiffonade
  • 1/2 tsp red crushed pepper, or to taste
  • 3 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 28 oz peeled tomato, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp salt (sea salt if on a corn-free diet*)
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese*


  • Add olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Sauté sliced garlic, pine nuts, basil, and red crushed pepper until pine nuts are toasted. Deglaze the pan with balsamic vinegar and reduce. Add the crushed tomatoes, bring to boil and cook for five minutes.  
  • Toss with al dente penne; then add 1/2 cup (70g) grated Romano.

* Allergy notes: People following a corn-free diet should avoid iodized salt since it contains dextrose, which should be avoided by those allergic to corn. The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 491
  Calories from Fat 177 (36%)
(31%)Total Fat 20g
(18%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
(3%)Cholesterol 10mg
(8%)Sodium 199mg
(11%)Potassium 400mg
Total Carbohydrate 63g
(19%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(30%)Protein 15g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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