Pasta Primavera with Balsamic Pasta Sauce is delicious and flexible. Perfect for when you have a variety of vegetables on hand. The versatile sauce tastes great with every vegetable.
My favorite part of gardening is that I have tons of fresh produce ready to eat, and I grew it myself. Which will always be so cool to me. My least favorite part about gardening is that so many of my vegetables ripen at the same time and I have to figure out how to eat them before they go bad.
A somewhat similar but less cool conundrum is when I buy a ton of produce with big plans for cooking, but then I’m feeling like it’s more of a frozen pizza night than a cooking night. As a result, I’m left with tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, bell peppers, and squash that all look like they’re about to take a turn for the worse.
The solution is a delicious pasta that is so incredibly easy I look forward to cooking it no matter how tired I am. Just saute up whatever vegetables you have on hand and serve them with this amazingly simple sauce.
I specifically made this recipe to be vegan, because it can be really hard to find a good vegan Pasta Primavera, and Pasta Primavera feels like a dish that should be really easy for vegans to find good recipes. So whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or neither, I hope you love this recipe!
Ingredients for Pasta Primavera
The ingredient list for this delicious pasta primavera recipe is a suggestion rather than a rule. I often use what I have on hand to use up any leftover vegetables. Don’t worry, the sauce goes well with just about everything! This a satisfying and easy vegetarian dish that showcases a harmonious blend of vegetables and flavors. Whether you’re looking for a vegan pasta primavera or simply a fantastic pasta with veggies, this recipe will surely become a go-to favorite.
- Balsamic Pasta Sauce: This tangy and sweet sauce is the superhero of our dish! It adds a delightful twist to the pasta primavera, making it irresistibly lip-smacking. You might even be tempted to sip it straight from the jar (but let’s save that for the imagination, shall we?).
- Asparagus: These slender and nutritious spears perfectly complement the pasta with vegetables. They add a touch of elegance and contribute to the garden pasta experience.
- Zucchini: This versatile vegetable brings a subtle sweetness and delightful crunch to your pasta dish. It’s a key ingredient in vegan pasta primavera.
- Yellow Squash: Similar to zucchini, yellow squash adds vibrant color and texture to the pasta primavera. It’s a wonderful addition to any garden pasta recipe.
- Bell Pepper: Whether it’s red, green, yellow, or orange, bell peppers provide a sweet and juicy crunch to the pasta with veggies. They’re an excellent inclusion in vegetable primavera dishes.
- Cherry Tomatoes: These small but flavorful tomatoes are bursting with freshness and add a pop of color to this easy vegetarian pasta recipe. They’re a must-have in any garden pasta.
- Fresh Basil Leaves: To elevate the flavors, a handful of fresh basil leaves can be added. They bring a touch of freshness and visual appeal to the pasta with vegetables.
- Thin spaghetti: The lighter version of regular spaghetti, this thin pasta pairs perfectly with the light balsamic sauce.
- Edible flowers: If you want to make your pasta dish extra pretty, you can garnish it with edible flowers. They add a touch of elegance and make your garden pasta look like a work of art. It’s totally optional, but it’ll definitely impress your family and friends!
- Salt & Pepper: Don’t forget to season your pasta with a pinch of salt and pepper. It brings out the flavors in the best pasta primavera recipe, making each bite taste just right. So, go ahead and give it a little sprinkle to make your vegetable primavera taste amazing!
How to make Pasta Primavera with Balsamic Pasta Sauce
- Sauce Preparation: In a large bowl, follow the recipe instructions to make the flavorful Balsamic Pasta Sauce. It will be the star of our pasta primavera!
- Boiling Water: Place a pot on the stove and set the heat to high. Wait for the water to reach a rolling boil. This will be used to cook the pasta.
- Tomato Slicing: Take the fresh tomatoes and slice them in half. Add them to the bowl with the Balsamic Pasta Sauce.
- Vegetable Cutting: Use a knife to cut the vegetables (except tomatoes) into small, bite-sized pieces. These will be added to the pasta primavera.
- Sautéing Vegetables: Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables (except tomatoes) and cook them until they become tender. This will take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Once done, remove from heat.
- Cooking the Pasta: Follow the instructions on the pasta package to cook it. Cook until it is firm but not hard (al dente). This will give the pasta a nice texture.
- Combining Ingredients: Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and transfer it to the bowl with the tomatoes, cooked vegetables, and pasta sauce. Mix everything well until the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are evenly distributed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Ready to Serve: It’s time to plate up your delicious pasta primavera! Place the pasta on plates or bowls. If desired, you can sprinkle fresh basil leaves and edible flowers on top for added flavor and color. Now, it’s time to enjoy your homemade pasta primavera creation!
Tips for perfect Pasta Primavera
- Choose a delicious balsamic vinegar. Quality matters. Check out this Serious Eats guide to choosing the best balsamic vinegar.
- Try new things! This balsamic pasta sauce tastes amazing with almost every vegetable, so mix it up. Let me know what you did in the comments.
- Sauce the pasta off the heat. The sauce is thin and would be quickly absorbed by the pasta if you sauce it in the pan. After straining the pasta, use a separate bowl to mix the pasta and sauce.
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- 1 cup asparagus
- 1 zucchini
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves
- 8 ounces thin spaghetti
- Edible flowers, optional
- Salt & Pepper
- Prepare the sauce: In a large bowl, follow the recipe instructions to prepare the Balsamic Pasta Sauce (linked in ingredients above).
- Boil water for the pasta: Place a pot of water over high heat and bring it to a boil.
- Cut the tomatoes: Cut the tomatoes in half and add them to the bowl with the prepared Lemon Balsamic Pasta Sauce.
- Prepare the vegetables: Cut all the vegetables, except the tomatoes, into bite-sized pieces.
- Saute the vegetables: Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the vegetables (excluding the tomatoes) and saute them until they become softened, which should take about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from heat.
- Cook the pasta: Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
- Combine the pasta and sauce: Drain the cooked pasta and transfer it to the large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cooked vegetables, and pasta sauce. Mix everything together until the pasta is well coated with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve: Plate the pasta by twisting it onto your plate, and garnish with fresh basil leaves and flowers for an extra touch of flavor and presentation.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 842Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1536mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 7gSugar: 21gProtein: 35g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.