Healthy Pasta Primavera

Main Dishes  |  Published Mar 17, 2020  |  Updated Jul 31, 2020  |  By Tawnie

Creating this Healthy Pasta Primavera

A Healthy Pasta Primavera is a staple to have during Spring!

It’s a light and refreshing pasta dish that is super easy to make. It’s colorful and refreshing for the warmer Spring and Summer months.

My pasta primavera is different from the rest because this recipe calls for roasting the veggies and the pasta and vegetables are tossed in an herb butter.

I love pasta primavera can be so versatile as well, from the pasta to the types of veggies you want to toss in you have the freedom to make this your own delicious meal!

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 a garnish to various dishes.

Pasta Primavera is one of the most popular dishes prepared in this manner, which is typically pasta tossed or topped with diced or julienned cooked vegetables.

seasonal spring and summer vegetables on a baking sheet for healthy pasta primavera

Healthy Pasta Primavera Ingredients

  • Pasta Primavera might seem like a hyper-seasonal dish, but this veggie-filled, vibrant pasta can be made almost year round with a variety of vegetables. Here what is 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 most certainly use fresh!
  • Herbs 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.

For the veggies:

  • Carrots: You will need to julienne your carrots. This means the carrots need to be cut into thin, matchstick strips.
  • Zucchini: Such a popular summer squash but can be usually found year-round in most supermarkets. Peak season is during late Spring.
  • Yellow Squash: Another delicious summer squash great for adding color to pasta primavera and is high in vitamins A and C as well as niacin.
  • Bell Peppers: I love bell peppers sweet flavor and crisp, exceedingly juicy flesh. I prefer using red bell peppers and yellow bell peppers in this dish, however you can use any of your favorites (green, purple, and brown are the other bell pepper colors!)
bow tie noodles in a white bowl with veggies
  • Asparagus: The optimum season for fresh asparagus lasts from Feb-June, although you can find it in most regions year round. When buying asparagus, choose firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. Asparagus is a great source of vitamin A and has a fair source of iron and vitamins B and C.
  • Onion: I use a yellow or white onion. 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 and store in a cool, dry place with good air circulation for up to 2 months. Once cut, an onion should be tightly wrapped, refrigerated and used within 4 days.
  • Cherry tomatoes: I love adding these into the pasta because they are bright in color and have an excellent flavor. The cherry tomatoes aren’t roasted, they simply get tossed into the pasta and veggies.

For the herb butter:

  • Softened Butter
  • Lemon Zest
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
pasta in a big wooden bowl

How to Make Healthy Pasta Primavera

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.
  2. 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 Herbs de Provence all over the vegetables. Gently mix together. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  3. While those roast in the oven, bring the water to boil for your pasta and cook pasta according to box directions. Drain pasta.
  4. Next make the garlic herb butter. Pour the softened butter, lemon zest, basil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper into a medium sized bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until incorporated. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the pasta with the roasted vegetables. Then add in the cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and garlic herb butter. Toss until noodles are coated evenly. Serve and enjoy!
step by step photos of how to make healthy pasta primavera

Does Pasta Primavera Have a Sauce?

Most recipes toss the pasta and vegetables in a light drizzle of olive oil and some recipes have a light Alfredo type sauce.

You can also reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and add into the pasta & veggies to loosen as desired.

This recipe uses the garlic lemon herb butter to coat the vegetables. You can make a creamy cheese sauce by adding in heavy cream, chicken broth and Parmesan.

Do you serve Healthy Pasta Primavera hot or cold?

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

Tips for Making Healthy 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 and be sure not to 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 a whole wheat pasta or lentil pasta for a pasta that is more rich in fiber.
  • Be generous with the salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence when seasoning the vegetables. It really brings the veggies to life!
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Healthy Pasta Primavera

This delicious Healthy Pasta Primavera recipe is studded with flavorful and seasonal vegetables, Garlic Herb Butter and Parmesan cheese. Switch up the noodles based on what you have on hand.
4.89 from 17 reviews
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 447kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Pasta (Farfalle/bowtie)
  • 3 large carrots, julienned
  • 2 zucchini, quartered
  • 2 yellow squash, quartered
  • 2 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, sliced
  • 1 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Herbs de Provence
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

For the garlic herb butter:

  • 8 Tbsp. softened 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

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 Herbs de Provence all over the vegetables. Gently mix together. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • While those roast in the oven, bring the water to boil for your pasta and cook pasta according to box directions. Drain pasta.
  • Next make the garlic herb butter. Pour the softened butter, lemon zest, basil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper into a medium sized bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until incorporated. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the pasta with the roasted vegetables. Then add in the cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and garlic herb butter. Toss until noodles are coated evenly. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Use any pasta shape you prefer!
  • Switch up vegetables based on your favorites or what you have on hand. Have fun with it!
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 447kcal

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Lauren Grant
2 years ago

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

2 years ago

So good for summer! Definitely adding to the rotation!

Andrea Howe
2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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

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Priya Lakshminarayan
2 years ago

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

Lauren Nagel
2 years ago

Perfect side to go with our roast chicken, thanks.

Pavani
2 years ago

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.

Kelly Anthony
2 years ago

I love the idea of pasta loaded with fresh veggies especially when it is bursting with garlic and herbs.

Anita
2 years ago

Such a colorful and healthy pasta dish. It’s really a nice way to enjoy plenty of vegetables.

Dannii
2 years ago

This is one of my favourite pasta dishes. So much colour!

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