A close-up of the pasta primavera served in a pasta bowl.
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Easy Pasta Primavera Recipe

Our easy pasta primavera recipe can be summed up in just a few words. Fresh, seasonal vegetables tossed with zesty lemon juice, olive oil, and pasta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
None0 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian Inspired
Keyword: easy pasta primavera, easy pasta recipes, pasta primavera, pasta recipes, vegetable pasta, vegetarian pasta
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Kimberly

Ingredients

  • 8 Ounces Short Pasta (rigatoni, penne, etc.)
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Red Onion (or purple, thinly sliced)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (sliced)
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup Red Pepper (sliced)
  • 1 Cup Yellow Pepper (or orange, sliced)
  • 1/2 Cup Asparagus (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Squash (or zucchini, chopped)
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Broth (or reserved pasta water)
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese (divided)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until it reaches desired doneness. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water. Run pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process, then set aside.
  • In a large skillet (12-inches or larger), heat the olive oil over low-medium heat. Add the onions and carrots. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the they just begin to soften.
  • Next, add the broccoli and peppers. Continue to cook another 2-3 which using a spatula to mix the ingredients.
  • Add the squash, zucchini, and asparagus, and combine with previous ingredients. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Last, add the tomatoes and garlic. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, just long enough to soften and warm the tomatoes and bring out the flavor in the garlic.
  • Turn the heat to low, and add the cooked the noodles to the pan. Toss with vegetables to combine. Add the lemon juice, ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and add additional reserved pasta water if needed to add additional moisture.
  • Serve warm and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese.

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of about four (4) ounces of the finished pasta primavera. Actual calories will vary. The pasta dish can be stored in your fridge in a sealed container for up to three (3) days.

Nutrition

Serving: 4Ounces | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5510IU | Vitamin C: 82.1mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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