Spaghetti with curly endive & balsamic vinegar

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Spaghetti
4 eaches Garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoons Olive oil
1 each Head endive, trimmed & cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar, or to taste
\N \N Salt & pepper

Cook the spaghetti until it is *al dente*.

Meanwhile, saute 3 garlic cloves in about 2 tb oil then quickly saute the endive in this mixture. Add the vinegar, cook for a moment, then remove from the heat. Season with salt & pepper.

Drain the pasta, toss with the remaining garlic & oil, then serve each portion topped with a big spoonful of the sauted endive, adding extra vinegar if needed.

VARIATIONS: Add 6 oz cooked cannellini beans when you saute the endive & season with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes if desired.

Instead of endive, use 2 heads of radicchio or green & red Treviso lettuce. Follow the basic recipe above.

Marlena Spieler, "200+ Vegetarian Pasta Recipes" Submitted By JANIE BOURKE On 10-02-94

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