Preheat oven to 375F/ 190C. Put up a large potful of water to boil. Pour the oil into a 9x13-inch baking pan (preferably glass). Break up the onion chunks with your hands, add them to the oil, and stir them around a little so they get coated. Place the uncovered pan in the oven and roast for 5 minutes. When the water reaches a rapid boil, add the pasta and let it begin cooking while you continue roasting the vegetables. After the onions have been in the oven for about 5 minutes, stir in the asparagus and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spread everthing into a single layer, return the pan to the oven, and roast for 5 minutes longer. Drain the pasts as soon as it is al dente, and stir it into the panful of onions and asparagus. Add the 3 to 4 tablespoons vinegar, black pepper, and parmesan, and mix well. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top, and return the pan to the oven. Bake uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bread crumbs are brown and crisp. Serve hot, and pass around the pepper mill, extra parmesan and a cruet of additional balsamic vinegar, if desired. Yields 4 to 5 servings. Prep time 30 minutes. PER SERVING: 522 cals, 11.3 g fat, 19.4% "Al forno means oven-baked, and thats one of the wonderful features of this dish. The vegetables are cooked in a roasting pan right in the oven and cooked pasta gets added directly to the same pan. Cover, return the pan to the oven, then bring it directly to the table when its done. This is a great make-after-work dish, and the cleanup is minimal. *To make this for a crowd, bake two pans simultaneously. **The rigatoni can be cooked a day or two in advance, lightly oiled and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or you can boil it while you roast the vegetables, as indicated in the recipe. MENU: Potato Soup with Rosemary and Roasted Garlic; Yuppie Platter: A Warm Salad of Radicchio, Belgian Endive, and Goat Cheese; Rigatoni al Forno with Roasted Asparagus amd Onions; Lemon Cloud. Recipe by: Mollie Katzens Vegetable Heaven (1997)
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (552g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 93 (12%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 10.4g||14 %|
|Saturated Fat 2.5g||12 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.5g|
|Cholesterol 64.2mg||20 %|
|Sodium 1913.9mg||66 %|
|Potassium 988.6mg||26 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 146.3g||43 %|
|Dietary Fiber 11.8g||47 %|
|Sugars, other 134.5g|
|Protein 30.3g||43 %|
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Calories per serving: 794
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