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An easy, scrumptious, and colorful - Vegetarian Pasta Dinner

Lemon-Herb Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera translates to "Spring Pasta" in English and that's what this pasta is all about - an easy pasta recipe, packed with veggies, for a filling vegetarian dinner. Lots and lots of colorful vegetables, fresh herbs, lemon, cream, and your favorite pasta in ONE bowl!

A part of me call it "Pasta" and a part of me call it "salad". Really, the colors and crunchy vegetables in pasta primavera can make anyone think it is a "salad". Plus, I like my veggies very very crunchy that this pasta always remind me of a satisfying Pasta Salad.

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Even though it is official "Spring" time in US, in California, it already feels like summer. I'm very fond of growing my own herbs during this time of the year..... love picking a few herbs for a delicious summer/spring inspired meal! Today, my inspiration was driven by fresh Sage, Mint, and Parsley from my mini-patio-garden and juicy strawberries, which fueled my thought to make something colorful and delicious...... like a Pasta Primavera with Strawberry Lemonade (recipe coming soon)!

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I'm not sure why is it called Pasta Primavera because, I really can eat this joyful "bowl of colors", any season of the year, with various combo of seasonal vegetables!

No kidding! It is that delicious!

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This Pasta recipe is also One-Pot Pasta (almost). Once pasta has cooked, it is all about just mixing everything together in same pot. If you prefer, instead of using a separate pan to saute veggies, you can simply cook veggies in same pasta water in last 2 minutes. Just remember to cook veggies very little, juts until crisp tender or they don't taste very good. 

A good pasta is all about it's sauce. Once you have find or in other words, identified, your favorite blend of ingredients which make a killer sauce........ Pasta will be "a piece of cake" and "oh so easy to make" for dinner! There are many variation of Pasta Primavera and few of them tend to be loaded with cream. My favorite sauce is lite lemony and herbaceous Goat Cheese Sauce with veggies and pasta as per my latest groceries in the refrigerator. For this batch, I have used Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, and Peas with Orecchiette Pasta.

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Let me sum up this Delicious Bowl of Pasta for you, again!

1. Easy to make, it just needs 15 minutes of your active time (cut veggies, saute while pasta boil, mix in everything to make saucy Pasta Primavera, and serve!).

2. Perfect for weekdays, this is (almost) One Pot Pasta dinner!

3. Loaded with veggies and very versatile. Use any combination of veggies you like: Zucchini, broccoli, bell peppers, cheery tomatoes... you name it!

4. Pasta Primavera is healthy and satisfying 'Family Dinner'

I love the fact that it helps me bring good serving of veggies to the dinner table! Plus the colors!!!! Are to die-for!

Tell me, WHO will not love to dig into this "Bowl of Spring"?!

I'm sure your family will enjoy it as much as we do! Make some today!!

Have Great day!

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Lemon-Herb Pasta Primavera

Lemon-Herb Pasta Primavera
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 4 Servings Serves 4 Notes 4 substantial or 6 small servings.

Ingredients

    Pasta Primavera
  • 1/2 lbs Pasta  (penne or orecchiette pasta)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper  (seeds removed, sliced into thin strips)
  • 6-8 Asparagus  (spears, end trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1/2 Cup Green Peas  (frozen, don't thaw)
  • 2 tbsp Mint  (leaves, about 3-4 large leaves)
  • 1 tbsp Sage  (about 2 leaves, chopped, more for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp Parsley  (fresh leaves, chopped, more for garnish)
  • 1 Lemon  (zest and juice)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil  
  • 1/4 Cup Goat Cheese  
  • Salt and Black Pepper  (per taste, plus more to season pasta water)

Directions

  • 1. Bring a pot of water to rolling boil, season with salt. Add pasta and cook according to package direction.
  • 2. While pasta is cooking, slice the vegetable and set aside. Chop the herbs and add to a small bowl with lemon zest and juice. Set aside. In a saute pan, add 1/2 tbsp of oil. When oil is hot, add veggies (asparagus, bell pepper, and frozen peas), cook just veggies are crisp tender. (about 1 minute)
    Additional Notes
    I prefer to keep veggies very crunchy. You can cook'em for one more minute, if you like.
  • Step for Recipe - Lemon-Herb Pasta Primavera
    3. Once pasta has cooked, drain water reserving about 1/4 cup for sauce. Return pasta pot, add veggies, goat cheese, herb-lemon mix, olive oil, fresh cracked black pepper (about 1/4 tsp) and reserved pasta water. Gently toss it until goat cheese has melted and coated the pasta. Taste and adjust salt and black pepper.
  • Step for Recipe - Lemon-Herb Pasta Primavera
    4. Transfer to serving bowl or individual serving plates. Serve immediately!
Recipe slightly adapted from Clean Eating Magazine

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  1. Such a perfect summer food and love all the colors!! Gorgeous dish!
    Ami, thanks.
  2. This pasta is so fun an colorful! It looks pretty tasty too!
    Rachelle, it sure is a tasty pasta bowl. Specially tang of goat cheese, lemon and punch of herbs is really tongue tantalizing. A must try!
  3. wow....all he lovely looking veggies gone inside that bowl of pasta!!! Looks so colourful :)
    Gauri, thanks dear. Veggies sure make this pasta a perfect weekday dinner for me.
  4. This pasta looks fresh and delicious! Love that you used sage :) Pinned!
    Mira, thanks dear. Sage is one of my favorite herb. love the taste and aroma, plus health benefits, awesome!
  5. Colourful pasta dish..yumm
    thanks, Vani. It is indeed a colorful bowl :)
  6. Have heard so much about sage. Never used it. Will try this soon. Quick meals are so welcome for me anytime!!
    Anu, try sage once, not just you will be happy with the aroma, but also it has great health benefits.
  7. Flavorful Pasta Savita :)Beautiful Shots
    Kushi, thanks dear.
  8. That is one delicious looking pasta Savita! So colorful, love it!
    Manali, thanks dear, it sure was a delicious pasta bowl.
  9. Oh God! I am seriously in love with this gorgeous pasta! Indeed Spring-Summer Pasta. I can have it everyday!
    :) thanks, Anu!