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Penne with Dried Plums, Radicchio & Walnuts

The combination of sweet onions and dried plums is wonderful with radicchio and toasted walnuts in this winter pasta dish. Whole wheat penne adds fiber as well as flavor.

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Prep Time   10 minutes Cook Time   20 minutes Serves  6

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced onions
2 slices prosciutto, cut onto thin strips (optional)
1 1/2 cups halved, pitted dried plums (about 9 ounces)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 pound radicchio, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
4 cups whole wheat penne pasta, uncooked (3/4 pound)
Salt and black pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped toasted walnuts
Grated pecorino cheese, for garnish (optional)


Directions

In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, prosciutto (if using), dried plums and rosemary. cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until onions are soft and golden. Add radicchio and vinegar; cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until radicchio is wilted and slightly browned.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Add pasta to skillet; mix well, adding some of the reserved cooking water if pasta looks dry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve pasta in large bowl or in 6 individual pasta bowls. Sprinkle with walnuts and, if desired, with cheese.


Nutrition Facts

Calories
618
Cholesterol
4mg
% of Calories from Fat
44%
Total Fat
30g
Sodium
221mg
Carbohydrate
77g
Protein
15g
Fiber
13g
Potassium
745mg

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