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Pasta Primavera with Roasted Veggies

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My Pasta Primavera is a staple during Spring; it celebrates the bounty of fresh, seasonal, and vibrant vegetables and is bursting with flavor!

It’s a light, refreshing pasta dish that is super easy to make. (Easy is always a must!)

It features a medley of red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, and yellow onion, all roasted to perfection. The roasting process caramelizes the vegetables, bringing out their natural sweetness and adding a super yummy depth of flavor.

The pasta and vegetables are tossed in a garlic herb butter that I would happily eat on its own; it’s that good.

bow tie pasta in a large white bowl with roasted veggies.

What is Pasta Primavera?

Primavera is an Italian phrase that means “Spring style,” and the culinary term refers to the use of fresh vegetables (raw or blanched) as garnishes for various dishes.

Pasta primavera is one of the most popular dishes prepared in this manner. It typically consists of pasta tossed or topped with diced or julienned cooked vegetables.

Some other recipes I love this Spring are my Best Egg Salad Sandwich, Garlic Herb Cheese Bread, and Lemon Blueberry Pancakes!

veggies and pasta in small glass dishes and bowls.

Ingredient Notes

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Pasta Primavera might seem like a hyper-seasonal dish, but this veggie-filled, vibrant pasta can be made almost year-round with various vegetables. Here is what you will need:

  • Pasta: I chose Farfalle (bow-tie pasta) for this recipe. However, you can use Penne, Fusilli, Linguine, or any spiral pasta.
  • Parmesan cheese: I use a pre-grated Parmesan for ease, but you can certainly use fresh!
  • Herbes de Provence: A versatile and aromatic spice commonly used in French cuisine & pairs wonderfully with these roasted veggies. The spice blend traditionally includes thyme, basil, rosemary, tarragon, savory, marjoram, oregano, bay leaf and dried lavender flowers.
  • Herb butter: You will need softened butter, lemon zest, garlic, fresh basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
garlic herb lemon butter in a mixing bowl.
  • Carrots: You will need to julienne your carrots, which means cutting them into thin, matchstick strips.
  • Zucchini: popular summer squash that can be found year-round in most supermarkets. Peak season is late Spring.
  • Yellow Squash: Another delicious summer squash great for adding color to pasta primavera and is high in vitamins A and C and niacin.
  • Bell Peppers: I love bell peppers’ sweet flavor and crisp, exceedingly juicy flesh. I prefer using red and yellow bell peppers in this dish, but you can use any of your favorites (green, purple, and brown are the other bell pepper colors!).
  • Asparagus: The optimum season for fresh asparagus is February-June, although it can be found year-round in most regions. When buying asparagus, choose firm, bright green stalks with tight tips.
  • Onion: I use yellow or white onions. When buying onions, choose ones that are heavy for their size with dry, papery skins with no signs of spotting or moistness. Be sure to avoid onions with soft spots.
  • Cherry tomatoes: I love adding cherry tomatoes to the pasta because they are bright in color and flavor. The cherry tomatoes aren’t roasted; they simply get tossed into the pasta and veggies.
veggies on a baking sheet.

How to Make Pasta Primavera

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Does Pasta Primavera Have a Sauce?

  • Most recipes toss the pasta and vegetables in a drizzle of olive oil, and some have a light Alfredo-type sauce.
  • You can also reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and add it to the pasta & veggies to loosen as desired.
  • This recipe uses garlic lemon herb butter to coat the vegetables. You can make a creamy cheese sauce by adding heavy cream, chicken broth, and Parmesan.
a close up image of bow tie pasta with roasted veggies and fresh basil on top.

Do you serve Pasta Primavera hot or cold?

  • You can serve this healthy pasta primavera hot or cold. I like it best hot.

Tips for Making Pasta Primavera

  • This recipe is a great way to eat all of the colorful vegetables and use what you have on hand. Plus, you can change up the vegetables! Use green beans, corn, mushrooms, fennel, garlic, spring onions, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, hearty greens, broccolini, and more.
  • Roast the veggies the day of, but do not roast them too long. You want them to hold up in the pasta.
  • Enjoy this dish as is (vegetarian), or add in a protein! Tofu, chicken, sausage, shrimp or beef.
  • Use whole wheat pasta or lentil pasta for pasta that is more rich in fiber.
  • When seasoning the vegetables, be generous with salt, pepper, and Herbes de Provence. It brings them to life!
pasta primaversa in a bowl.

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4.92 from 23 reviews

Pasta Primavera with Roasted Veggies

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
This delicious and easy-to-make Pasta Primavera recipe is studded with flavorful and seasonal roasted vegetables, garlic herb butter, and plenty of parmesan cheese. Switch up the pasta shape based on what you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pasta (farfalle/bowtie)
  • 3 large carrots, julienned
  • 2 small/medium zucchini, quartered
  • 2 small/medium yellow squash, quartered
  • 2 large bell peppers (red and yellow), sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus (medium to thick stalks), trimmed and cut on a diagonal
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated or finely shredded
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. herbes de provence
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

For the garlic herb butter:

  • 8 Tbsp. softened unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest (zest from ~1 lemon)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 450° F. Grab two baking sheets for the veggies. Cut up all of the veggies and line them on the baking sheets. Drizzle olive oil, salt, pepper and, Herbes de Provence all over the vegetables. Gently mix together. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
    3 large carrots, julienned, 2 small/medium zucchini, quartered, 2 small/medium yellow squash, quartered, 2 large bell peppers (red and yellow), sliced into matchsticks, 1 lb. fresh asparagus (medium to thick stalks), trimmed and cut on a diagonal, 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. herbes de provence, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper
  • Bring the water to boil for the pasta and cook the pasta al dente according to box directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
    1 lb. pasta (farfalle/bowtie)
  • Garlic herb butter: Add the softened butter, lemon zest, basil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper into a medium-sized bowl. Mix until incorporated using a hand mixer.
    8 Tbsp. softened unsalted butter, 1 Tbsp. lemon zest (zest from ~1 lemon), 2 cloves garlic, minced, 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, minced, 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced, salt and pepper, to taste
  • In a large serving bowl, mix the warm pasta with the roasted vegetables. Then add the cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and garlic herb butter.
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated or finely shredded
  • Toss until the pasta is coated evenly. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Storage: store in an air-tight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave or stovetop. You can add a splash of water to prevent it from drying out during reheating.
  • Recipe Inspired by Giada

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 465kcal (23%), Carbohydrates: 54g (18%), Protein: 15g (30%), Fat: 22g (34%), Saturated Fat: 11g (69%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 40mg (13%), Sodium: 470mg (20%), Potassium: 520mg (15%), Fiber: 6g (25%), Sugar: 7g (8%), Vitamin A: 6857IU (137%), Vitamin C: 66mg (80%), Calcium: 236mg (24%), Iron: 5mg (28%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Danika

My new pasta obsession 😍 So easy & delicious. This will be on repeat this spring & summer. 10 out of 10 stars!!

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Nancy J

I have made this three times for company. Perfect summer recipe with farmers market veggies. I searched online for “healthy pasta primavera” and then made it even healthier by using more olive oil on the pasta and cut the butter in half. I’m new to fresh pasta, which made it so special. I got lazier with each set of company and cut the veggies in unperfect squares and put them all in a bowl to toss with the herbs and olive oil before roasting. I added frozen and thawed, but uncooked peas as I tossed the roasted veggies. The roasted onions were my fav! Rave reviews from guests!

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Emily Bruno

This was so good. Will definitely be making on repeat this summer!

Lauren Grant

We love making big batches of salads for the week, and I made this one on Sunday. We are LOVING it! thank you!

Anna Kate Goshko

So good for summer! Definitely adding to the rotation!

Andrea Howe

I love pasta primavera and love your healthy spin on it!

Tiffany

I love pasta primavera! I can’t wait to try this version out for dinner!

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Priya Lakshminarayan

Love the idea of roasting the veggies first and then mixing it with pasta!

Lauren Nagel

Perfect side to go with our roast chicken, thanks.

Pavani

That is such a colorful and delicious looking pasta salad. Love the addition of roasted veggies – makes it so much more flavorful than raw veggies.