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The Best Balsamic Pasta Sauce

Balsamic pasta sauce is perfect for a light pasta loaded with vegetables. Add some herbs to give it even more flavor!


Between my vegetable garden, my CSA, and the farmer’s market, I constantly have a mix of vegetables in my house. Often these are veggies that I don’t eat often, or are new to me. When I’m not quite sure what to do with my haul, I whip up a quick pasta primavera and toss it with this delicious sauce. 

Tips for perfect Balsamic Pasta Sauce

  • Whisk vigorously. Whisking together the sauce helps it to emulsify, which enables it to evenly coat the pasta. 
  • Salt and pepper your finished dish. Balsamic and lemon add a lot of tanginess which can make salt taste stronger. Hold off on adding salt until the end. 
  • Add some herbs! I’ve added tons of different herbs to this, and they all have tasted lovely. Thyme, dill, and different varieties of basil are some of my favorites. 
  • Love garlic? Add more! But be aware that raw garlic can be quite spicy. If I’m serving this to my kid I usually won’t add more than 3 cloves.

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Yield: About 1/2 cup

Balsamic Pasta Sauce


This light sauce is perfect for veggie-loaded pastas.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1 clove raw garlic
  • 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons lemon juice)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Herbs, optional (see note above)


  1. Garlic: Mince garlic finely. 
  2. Lemon: Zest lemon and set zest aside. Squeeze juice.
  3. Mix it up: Vigorously whisk together the garlic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. 
  4. To serve: Toss pasta with the sauce off heat. Top with herbs and lemon zest.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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