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Pasta Primavera or "spring pasta" is the perfect easy dinner recipe that's healthy too! With a creamy parmesan sauce, penne pasta and fresh vegetables this dinner is a winner! tastesbetterfromscratch.com
Pasta Primavera
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This simple PASTA PRIMAVERA is bright, fresh, healthy, and ready on your table in 20 minutes. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Unit: clove, cup, pound, Tablespoon
Servings: 4
Calories: 631 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 1 pound penne pasta (or other pasta)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • An assortment of your favorite fresh veggies ,chopped (i.e. snap peas, broccolini, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, onion, asparagus, peas, spinach, cherry tomatoes)
For the sauce: 
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese ,or more, to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper ,to taste
  • fresh basil leaves , chopped (for garnish, if desired)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. 

  3. Add veggies, season them with a little salt and pepper, and saute for about 2-4 minutes, just until slightly tender. You don't want to cook them too long. Remove to a plate.

  4. Add butter to pan. Add chicken broth and cream and bring to a simmer. 

  5. Stir in cheese. Season with salt an pepper, to taste. If the sauce seems too thick, add more chicken broth, cream or water, to your liking. 

  6. Add cooked pasta and veggies to the pan and toss to combine. Top with fresh basil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Pasta Primavera
Amount Per Serving
Calories 631 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 387mg 16%
Potassium 318mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 86g 29%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 12.5%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 19.1%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.