Balsamic vinegar adds a hint of sweetness to this savory sauce. If the slight sweet-and-sour effect isn't to your taste, either omit the vinegar completely or use wine vinegar instead. The effect will be different, but no less delicious. Fast Weekday Pastas
Broccoli stems are a delicious vegetable in their own right. Peel the thick skin and then slice or cut the stems into pieces. If you're cooking them with the florets, either cut the stems into quite small pieces so they'll be done at the same time, or cook them for a few minutes before adding the florets.
With its tomato-and-vinegar based sauce, this pasta cries out for a light, tart Italian red such as Valpolicella. The wine's crisp cherry flavor will act as a perfect foil for this dish.