Pasta Primavera: This pasta primavera is the best! It is so easy to make and is loaded with fresh vegetables in a parmesan sauce.
Cheese tortellini is used in place of traditional primavera pasta choices as they’re the perfect accompaniment with a rainbow of veggies.
This pasta primavera recipe is an easy one pot dish, as the pasta is cooked in the same skillet you cook the rest of the meal in. I love skillet dishes, like this skillet teriyaki chicken. Just like orange chicken, this pasta primavera is quick, simple, and absolutely delicious.
We are obsessed with tortellini over here. This Greek Tortellini Salad is like this Greek Cucumber Salad, but with delicious tortellini. I think tortellini makes everything better, which is why I love adding it to pasta primavera.
Cheese pillows are how I describe tortellini to my kiddos. They get so excited about this creamy pasta primavera bulked up with warm vegetables and parmesan cheese. The taste delights them, the beautiful veggies delight me, and remind me of Spring.
But don’t worry, it is hearty and filling enough for the cold winter, but light and fresh enough for the heat of summer. This dish is so yummy you won’t want to wait until the equinoccio de primavera as they say in Italian. You ‘ll eat this all year round.
What Does Pasta Primavera Mean?
Let’s get a little 🎵linguistical, linguistical 🎵. In Italian, “primavera” means spring. Literally it means the first “prima” green “vera.” Throw a little pasta in the mix and you’ve got the first greens and pasta. A spring like pasta.
What is Pasta Primavera Sauce?
Every cook has their opinion about what should go into a pasta primavera sauce. Some are purists and like to keep things to only spring veggies like broccoli and peas, others don’t mind adding in tomatoes or zucchini. Some think it should be angel hair pasta used, some say it’s not that important.
What it boils down to is there’s a load of veggies, a cream and butter based sauce with your favorite hard cheese–parmesan– and spices. As long as it’s a delicious and it’s a good primavera pasta recipe.
What Vegetables are in Pasta Primavera?
Commonly you’ll find broccoli, bell peppers, summer squash, peas and carrots. But the list doesn’t stop there. Add in any other veggie that you enjoy and make it your own!
I love my pasta primavera to be vegetarian, but one of the wonderful things about this recipe is you can easily add whatever protein you want.
Adding a little protein to this primavera pasta balances it out nicely. We enjoy pasta primavera with chicken or shrimp. To make pasta primavera with shrimp, just add the shrimp to the skillet right from frozen! It cooks quickly.
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- 16 ounces cheese tortellini cooked
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 cup zucchini sliced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup asparagus trimmed
- 1/2 cup red pepper diced
- 1/2 cup carrots diced
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 cup petite peas
- 1/2 cup snow peas
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Cook pre-made cheese tortellini according to package directions and set aside.
In a large skillet add butter, and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for a minute.
Add zucchini and water. Stir it all together, let cook for 1 minute.
Add broccoli, asparagus, red pepper, and carrots, and cover, and steam for 3-4 minutes.
When veggies are cooked, and tender, but still crisp, remove the lid and add chicken stock, and heavy cream. Leave on the heat.
Make a slurry by combining one tbsp of cornstarch with some of the liquid from the pan. Add the liquid to the corn starch in a small bowl, and mix together.
Pour slurry into skillet, and add the two kinds of peas. Add parmesan, and stir it all up.
Add your pre-cooked cheese tortellini, and stir it all together. Leave on heat until sauce reaches your desired thickness, about a minute. Serve immediately.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)