Quick and Easy Pasta Primavera
This recipe is one of my faves, and I’m honestly surprised that its taken me this long to post about it! It is so quick, and so easy to make, it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. The simplicity of this recipe does not sacrifice flavor, and unlike a lot of creamy pastas, this one is light and fresh and not at all heavy- perfect for spring and summer! Crips spring fresh vegetables combined with a creamy dill sauce, make for one swoon worthy pasta dish, ready in 20 minutes or less! Bonus: minimal cleanup and ample left overs! This Recipe also doubles and triples really well for larger crowds.
- 1lb fresh asparagus (about 3/4 a bunch)
- 1 zucchini
- 2 green onions
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup dill cream cheese
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup parmesean cheese + more for garnish if desired.
- 220g uncooked pasta (can sub Certified Gluten Free if preferred)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Start by prepping vegetables. Cut asparagus into 3″ sections, slice zucchini, and dice green onions.
- Boil water in large pot. Once water reaches boil, add pasta and cook according to package instructions until pasta is al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and stir fry vegetables until al dente. Add pressed garlic, stir into vegetables, then move vegetables to one side of the pan.
- Turn heat to medium-low, and to the empty side of the pan, add cream cheese and chicken broth. Stir cream cheese into broth until it melts.
- Once melted, stir vegetables into sauce, and add Parmesan cheese and lemon juice, stirring again to combine. season with salt and pepper to taste.
- At this point, pasta should be cooked to al dente. If not, turn vegetables and sauce down to low to prevent over cooking while pasta noodles cook. Drain pasta once finished cooking, and add to sauce mix, stirring to combine.
- Allow noodles to cook to desired tenderness in sauce and serve! Top with more Parmesan cheese if desired.
Note: This recipe is extremely forgiving. If you want your sauce a little more creamy, simply add more cream cheese and/or Parmesan cheese. If the sauce to pasta ratio is off, add more cream cheese and chicken broth! Too many or too few vegetables? Adjust to your preferences! I’ve been known to fiddle with it a few times, and it always turns out great!
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