Pasta Primavera

Our take on a delicious Italian classic. Primavera means 'spring' so traditionally, it would contain spring vegetables but we suggest you feel free to use whichever veggies are in your fridge right now.


Quantity Unit Name Link Alternatives
2 cups whole grain pasta, uncooked
4 cups or more lightly steamed vegetables (broccoli, onion, button mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, etc.)
1 recipe Basic Cream Sauce


  1. Boil and drain pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cream sauce and steamed vegetables.
  3. Steam the vegetables in a small amount of water, salt to taste, and set aside.
  4. Combine the cream sauce with the cooked pasta and steamed vegetables. Serve immediately.
  5. Tip: Stir ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg into the cream sauce to give it a more alfredo-like flavor.
  6. Primavera casserole variation: Place the pasta in a casserole dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake the casserole the oven at 350°F until the breadcrumbs brown, and serve.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 6-8 servings
Sarah Yoo

Sarah Yoo is the associate director of Life & Health but wears a few dozen hats as other this-and-thats, as is the norm in non-profit work. Her favorite part about working at Life & Health is meeting the people that Life & Health content has helped. Ultimately, Sarah dreams of doing humanitarian work in a developing country with her family.

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