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 Jung
Sarah Jung

Sarah Jung is the associate director of Life and Health Network, but wears a plethora of hats as editor, communications director, and sometimes photographer. Unrelated to Life and Health, Sarah is the country director and founding member of Oon Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people living in developing countries through friendship and working, learning, and mentoring side-by-side with the locals. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read, write, and find mountains to climb.

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