Pasta primavera is a classic vegetarian pasta dish full of my favorite food group: vegetables!
This pasta has an interesting story behind it, becoming popular in the 1980s after it was featured on Le Cirque’s menu (a ritzy restaurant in NYC.)
Pasta primavera is meant to be an expression of springtime, actually, and since we’re towards the end of spring, I figured I’d bid adieu to the season with this primavera.
Primavera gets a lot of hate, because it’s a jumble of vegetables thrown atop pasta. However, when you carefully choose your vegetables and stick to the classic garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese sauce, it’s delightful.
You can never feed me too many veggies. Whenever I make a stir fry, I usually thrown in about 5 or 6 different types of vegetables. I can’t get enough!
Pasta primavera reminds me of restaurants who name salads that have a lot of ingredients, “The Garbage Salad” or “The Kitchen Sink Salad.” Listen, there’s nothing wrong with jam-packing your salad with vegetables. So, why not jam-pack your pasta with veggies?
This simple recipe includes carrots, bell peppers, onions, broccoli and tomatoes. Of course, the “pasta” is made of zucchini, so there’s another veggie in the mix. Oh, and green peas!
Each vegetable brings its own texture, which I dig. When you bite into the al dente zucchini, the softened onions and the juicy tomatoes join and make for an incredible flavor and consistency.
Feel free to switch up the vegetables, based on your preferences – toss in some asparagus, arugula, red bell pepper, basil! Just keep the seasonings simple – garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. It’s all you need, trust me!
I guess what I’m trying to say is, that, no one should hate on pasta primavera. Especially with it’s zucchini pasta primavera!
What do you think of pasta primavera?