Pasta Primavera

Are you ready for a refreshing pasta dish full of flavor and nutrients? Try our Pasta Primavera recipe from the Culinary Medicine team!

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera Ingredients

  • 8 oz. penne pasta, whole grain
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 oz. asparagus (about half a medium bunch), cut into 1.5 in. pieces
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchstick sized pieces
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided into 1 Tbsp. and .5 Tbsp.
  • ½ cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • Chopped basil
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian parsley, for garnish
  • Extra Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and pasta to boiling water. Cook for 11 minutes, or according to package instructions stirring occasionally. Drain well. Return to pot.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the asparagus, peppers, and broccoli. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the zucchini and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until vegetables are tender, but still crisp. Season vegetables with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the vegetables to a large plate or bowl.
  3. Place the skillet back on the stove. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and vegetable broth. Simmer until the broth reduces by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  4. Stir the peas into the pot with the pasta. Stir in the cooked vegetables. Pour the lemon cream sauce over the pasta and vegetables and stir until well combined. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and remaining tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Gently stir in the tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  5. Pour the Pasta Primavera into a large serving bowl or dish. Garnish with parsley, extra Parmesan cheese, and crushed red pepper flakes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts for Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera Nutrition Facts

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