Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera combines ribbons of vegetables with thin strands of pasta in a light cheese sauce.

How delicious and gourmet does that sound? Well, it's easy to make, too. And the best part of making this recipe was watching Kenya down bite after bite of it.

The idea for this dish came to me after dreaming of a heavenly dish my mother used to make when I was growing up. However, her recipe called for heavy cream. I tried to lighten the sauce in my version (without giving up on flavor) by using some of the starchy water from the pasta along with a little butter and Parmesan cheese. 

Me and the kids had so much fun at the farmer's market buying all the veggies that go into Pasta Primavera, but you should feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand. The possibilities are endless. You could even try peas, broccoli or anything that's fresh and in season. The julienned vegetables are so beautiful and thin, even kids who normally turn their noses up at them will only see the gorgeous colors in each bite and have a hard time resisting it.

Take your kids to the farmers market or grocery and let them choose the veggies that you'll toss into this Pasta Primavera. Tag me @weelicious on social media so I can see your delicious dinners! 

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Pasta Primavera (6 Servings)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free


  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 6 asparagus spears
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for pasta water
  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated


1. Julienne the vegetables with a knife or in a food processor using the shredding blade.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water.

3. While the pasta cooks, place the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.

4. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Add the vegetables and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Stir in the salt.

5. Strain the pasta, reserving 1/3 cup of the pasta water. Place the pasta, reserved water, vegetables, butter and Parmesan cheese in a bowl.

6. Toss to combine, and serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.