Pasta Primavera


Posted: November 17

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

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Despite the Italian-sounding name, Pasta Primavera is an achievement of American cuisine. One bite and you'll see exactly why: Pasta Primavera is a refreshing and bright dish packed with garden vegetables. With sharp parmesan cheese and a citrusy sauce, the tender cooked noodles glitter with supreme flavor. This dish is perfect for any occasion!!!


Ingredients

• salt, to taste • 10 ounces penne pasta, dry • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into matchsticks • 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into matchsticks • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced into quarter portions • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into quarter portions • 3 cloves garlic, minced, plus more to taste • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved through lengthwise • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, dried • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1/2 cup pasta water, optional, made during the cooking process • 1/2 cup parmesan, shredded, divided • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Directions

Step 1

Fill a large pot with water, leaving enough room for the pasta, and then salt the water to taste.

Step 2

On the stove-top over high heat, bring the water to a boil.

Step 3

Once the water boils, add the penne and cook to al dente, according to the package directions.

Step 4

Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water for later.

Step 5

In a 12-inch wide, deep skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.

Step 6

Once the oil is hot, add the red onions and carrots, sautéing for 2 minutes.

Step 7

Add in the broccoli florets and bell pepper and sauté for 2 minutes.

Step 8

Add the squash and zucchini and sauté until all the vegetables are nearly softened, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 9

Add in the garlic, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning and sauté for 2 minutes, careful not to burn the garlic or seasoning.

Step 10

Pour the cooked vegetables and drained pasta into a serving bowl.

Step 11

Drizzle in the lemon juice, and season with salt to taste.

Step 12

Add the pasta water as desired to help create a cohesive sauce.

Step 13

Toss in 1/4 cup of parmesan and the parsley.

Step 14

Top with the remaining parmesan and serve.


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