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.


  • 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


  • Boil and drain pasta according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cream sauce and steamed vegetables.
  • Steam the vegetables in a small amount of water, salt to taste, and set aside.
  • Combine the cream sauce with the cooked pasta and steamed vegetables. Serve immediately.
  • Tip: Stir ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg into the cream sauce to give it a more alfredo-like flavor.
  • 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.

Ready in about 15 minutes
Makes 6-8 servings

About the Author

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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