Toss together this simple sauce in a roasting pan and crank the heat. Boil the pasta. When the pasta is ready, your sauce is done. This recipe is for two.


  • 1/2 1-lb. package of brown rice linguini or spaghetti
  • A fistful of thin, baby spring asparagus, trimmed, sliced diagonal
  • 1 pint organic grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 leek, sliced thin
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, seeded, diced fine
  • 4 good sized cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon capers
  • 2 tablespoons dark or golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup fruity extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • A good pinch of hot red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley, if desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Bring a large pot of fresh salted water to a rolling boil.
  3. Meanwhile, throw all the sauce ingredients into a 10×13-inch roasting pan and stir to coat. Place the pan in the oven, near the top.
  4. Cook the pasta according to package directions, stirring every so often, until it is al dente.
  5. While the pasta is cooking, keep an eye on the sauce and stir it now and then. Do not overcook the asparagus – they are best tender-crisp.
  6. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  7. Pull the roasting pan out of the oven.
  8. Add the cooked pasta into the pan and toss gently to coat the strands with olive oil.
  9. Serve in warmed shallow bowls.

Cook time: 20 min

Yield: Serves 2