Venetian-style pasta

Venetian-style pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 2
A superhealthy pasta dish that will bring you a taste of Italy in under 20 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal568
  • fat15g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs97g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre7g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.74g
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  • 2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 200g pasta shapes



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  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 2 tbsp sultana
  • 4 tsp caper, drained and rinsed well



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nut
  • 140g spinach leaves



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  1. Start frying the onions in the oil in a non-stick frying pan – you’ll need to cook them for about 10 mins until they’re very soft. Meanwhile, boil the pasta.

  2. Stir the vinegar, sultanas, capers and most of the pine nuts into the soft onions with some seasoning, then cook for 1 min more to soften the sultanas. Stir in the spinach with a splash of pasta water. Drain the pasta, then toss with the onion mix – the spinach should wilt as you do. Divide between 2 bowls, scatter with the remaining pine nuts and serve.

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Comments (16)

pixelfixx's picture

Made to original, very nice. Might also try shredding some parma ham and swapping out the capers. Great salty-sweet balance with bursts of both throughout.

23brackenbury's picture

I made this a la Nigellissima...with 2 tbsp Marsala wine instead of the vinegar, two shallots (no onions), and a generous handful of chopped dill (no spinach).

salacious's picture

Followed the recipe but was very disappointed by the combination of taste. Was surprised that I didn't taste the capers. Would not attempt this again.

worcester74's picture

I lived in the Veneto region for 2 years and never came across a dish that's even remotely similar to this. I'm not sure if a real Venetian would laugh or be angry with someone when being presented this bizarre creation.

dara1687's picture

really tasty. didnt have any sultanas but i think i wudnt have used them anyway. a quick, easy, during the week dinner

chris777's picture

A nice easy friday night meal! ;-)

bobbymaru's picture

Surprisingly good. Was dubious as to combining sultanas and pasta, but all the different flavours worked great together.

bethocallaghan's picture

All the flavours work well together. Really enjoyed it - even the sultanas which I don't normally like.

kiisudankan's picture

1 red onion was enough I reckon but otherwise it was delicious

couchcook's picture

enjoyed this dish,I used beetroot leaves instead of spinach (because I had it in th garden) and it worked OK.

eleanormayo's picture

Really enjoyed this, I left out the sultanas (not a fan) and also chucked in some olives and artichoke hearts that were left over from some anti-pasti and some shredded basil. Will definitely do again.

dcoleman's picture

Really enjoyed this, a great alternative to standard tomato-based pasta sauces.

jenstan's picture

This was a lovely simple dish and delicious!

kirstienic's picture

We really liked this. My husband is not usually a fan of pasta dishes 'without sauce' but he had to change his mind on this one. I used apple balsamic vinegar which added a nice sweetness against the capers, and we had lots of chard in the garden so used the leaves of this rather than the spinach.

rjfuller25's picture

Quick and easy to make. The capers were too salty for my little ones though, so had to pick them out! Would make again but only add capers to the adult helpings.

tracyann's picture

Fantastic quick mid-week meal. The capers balanced out the sweetness of the red onion. My 4-year old chose this from the magazine and has declared it "his favourite pasta dish".

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