Pasta Primavera

Choose thin tender stalks of asparagus for this colorful meatless main dish. Half-and-half, and a little pasta water, provide just enough sauce to marry all the garden fresh vegetables.

Pasta Primavera
Servings: 6 Prep 15 mins Cook 20 mins


  • 1 pound penne or elbow-shaped pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound), stem ends snapped off and spears cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 sweet red pepper, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced
  • 1 small cherry tomatoes (about 24), halved
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Make It

1. Bring large pot of salted water to boiling. Add pasta to boiling water; cook until al dente, tender but still firm.

2. Meanwhile, heat 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add carrots; cook 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add asparagus; cover; cook 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Uncover; add sweet peppers; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper and half-and-half. Stir in 1/4 cup pasta water.

3. Drain pasta; transfer to bowl.

4. Pour sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan; toss. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 389, Fat, total (g): 10, chol. (mg): 12, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 63, fiber (g): 6, pro. (g): 13, sodium (mg): 355, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.