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Penne with Grilled Balsamic Vegetables

Serves 6
Time 45 min
Grilling vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and complements the tangy balsamic vinegar that ties this dish together. This all-purpose balsamic marinade can be used with any of your favorite vegetables, like zucchini and bell peppers, or even for meats like chicken breast and steak.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 1 small (1/2-pound) eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 3 portobello mushroom caps, halved
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 large fennel bulb, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped marjoram
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
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Method

Combine 1/4 cup oil, vinegar, mustard, half of the garlic and pepper in a large bowl and stir.

Add eggplant, onions, mushrooms, asparagus and fennel.

Toss to coat, cover and set aside for 4 hours at room temperature, tossing occasionally.

Remove vegetables from the marinade and discard marinade.

Prepare a grill for medium heat cooking.

Working in batches as needed, arrange marinated vegetables over the grill grates and cook, covered, until tender, about 5 to 8 minutes (depending on vegetable), flipping once or twice.

Transfer vegetables to a cutting board, and chop into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

For the pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Add pasta and cook until just tender, 12 to 14 minutes.

Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.

Add remaining oil and garlic and toss to combine.

Stir in marjoram, cheese, and reserved vegetables, and toss to combine.

Transfer to bowls or a large platter and serve.

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  • 1 small (1/2-pound) eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 3 portobello mushroom caps, halved
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 large fennel bulb, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped marjoram
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.