I’d like to introduce you to my very favorite pasta dish in the entire world, the Mediterranean Pasta Toss! Yes, that’s a huge claim. But I do love it so…even more than Alfredo. Which is saying a lot, cause I usually gravitate to the heart attack inducing sauces.
What makes this dish incredible is the balsamic vinegar and the sun dried tomatoes. I can’t really take credit for that part of the recipe – in fact, I totally stole it from an ex-boyfriend from long, long ago. Whose only redeeming quality, in all honesty, was this pasta. And over the years, I’ve tweaked it and made it better – and healthier.
The trick to making this dish lighter is simple…less pasta, more veggies. And loads of flavor from the balsamic vinegar, which totally makes you forget this dish is healthy. It is rich and decadent – with no meat or cream in sight!
By the way, this recipe is very flexible. Toss in whatever veggies float your boat. Make it vegan by omitting the cheese. Throw in some chicken if you need more protein. Switch out the penne with any other hearty pasta. Or omit the pasta entirely and it becomes gluten free! Sprinkle with parmesan instead of feta. Eat it directly out of the pan (I don’t judge).
Make this pasta. I bet you’ll fall in love too.