Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera is a delicious dinner made with lots of vegetables, a creamy sauce, savory herbs, parmesan cheese, and of course pasta! A surprisingly light and delicious pasta dinner. So so tasty with homemade garlic bread and salad.

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Pasta Primavera | An Easy Classic

Pasta Primavera is the bomb diggity and must be made. Seriously. I am in LOVE with it. Of course, I have a weird obsession with eating veggies and LOVE to pack them into my food any which way, but making fresh pasta to go along with them somehow took this meal to new heights. It’s an easy classic meal that is loved by all. Seriously, I made this for a dinner with friends and we all were seriously fighting over who would get seconds! Not even kidding.

What is Pasta Primavera?

Pasta Primavera is a simple pasta-based dish with lots of fresh vegetables, pasta and a creamy white alfredo sauce. While you might think this is an Italian dish because its pasta, believe it or not, this is an American dish from the 1970’s! There are lots of versions online and this is my version getting added to the bunch. With spring and summer right around the corner, crack out those summer veggies for a fantastic hearty and healthy dinner.

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Main Ingredients Needed

Look through your fridge to see what veggies you need to use up before they go bad then make this Pasta Primavera dish for dinner! It is so versatile which makes it perfect for any day of the week. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fettucine Pasta – this can be either homemade or store-bought. More about homemade pasta below!
  • Butter, White Onion + Garlic – these three start the base of our vegetable saute!
  • Zucchini, Asparagus, Bell Peppers + Carrots – the rest of the vegetables joining the pan. Use what you have for the best results.
  • Flour – this thickens the sauce and soaks up any of that lingering butter from sauteing the vegetables.
  • Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock – use vegetable stock to keep this recipe vegetarian. This creates a flavorful sauce.
  • Heavy Cream – to make the sauce creamy and delicious.
  • Basil + Oregano – two dried herbs to create even more depth in this dish.
  • Salt + Pepper – and don’t forget to salt and pepper as you go!
  • Parmesan Cheese – this tops the whole dish off. Use freshly grated parmesan for the best results!
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Is Homemade Pasta Worth It?

Fresh pasta is one of those things that I was hesitant to try. I mean, only people on Iron Chef would make fresh pasta right? WRONG. I got my hands on some purdy little KitchenAid Pasta attachments and went to town making my own pasta.

Verdict? Holy life changing deliciousness batman.

It takes a little more time than say….opening a box of dried pasta from the store, but there is such a huge difference between the two. Homemade pasta is fresher, cheaper, more delicious {and dare I say healthier!!} than the store-bought kind. All you need is some flour, a few eggs, a little water, and these attachments.

Anyways, I definitely think making homemade pasta is worth it, especially because you can make a bunch and freeze some for later. However, that doesn’t mean this pasta primavera recipe won’t be just as delicious with store-bought pasta either. The choice is all up to you and how much time you want to put into this recipe.

A Good Fresh Pasta Alternate

While the dried boxed fettuccine is just fine to use in this recipe, try getting the fresh pasta already made in the refrigerator section at the store. It’s a great happy medium. Buitoni makes a great fresh pasta that I use on the fly!

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How to Make Pasta Primavera

For full details on how to make Pasta Primavera, see the recipe card down below 🙂

1. Sauté Veggies

In a large pot, saute onion, garlic, zucchini, asparagus, red pepper, yellow pepper, and carrots in butter over medium heat until veggies start to soften, 5-7 minutes.

2. Make the Sauce

Sprinkle with flour and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken stock and let the mixture turn into a thick sauce. Add in spices, seasonings, and cream. Stir to incorporate and reduce heat to low to keep warm

3. Cook + Add the Pasta

In another large pot, bring water to boil and salt the water generously. Cook pasta until al dente and drain. Pour immediately into the pot of sauce, sprinkle over parmesan cheese and toss. If need be, add in a little pasta water to get the sauce to desired thickness. Serve immediately.

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Variations

And if you need ideas on how to customize this dish to suite your likings then I have a couple of suggestions:

  • Add Protein. If you’re looking to add some protein into this dish consider adding grilled chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp, or something like Italian Sausage. Yum!
  • Use Different Veggies. Yellow squash, broccoli, red onion, cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, or peas. The sky is the limit with pasta primavera. Like I said before, use what you have and use what you like.
  • Lemon Juice. Squeeze about 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into the sauce to brighten it up! Then garnish with lemon zest if you’re looking for more zing.
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Pasta Primavera

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Pasta Primavera is a delicious dinner made with lots of vegetables, a creamy sauce, savory herbs, parmesan cheese, and of course pasta!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta primavera
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 813kcal
Author Lauren

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fettuccine store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1 lb asparagus chopped
  • 1 small red pepper diced
  • 1 small yellow pepper diced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • a little hot pasta water if needed

Instructions

  • In a large pot, saute onion, garlic, zucchini, asparagus, red pepper, yellow pepper, and carrots in butter over medium heat until veggies start to soften, 5-7 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with flour and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken stock and let the mixture turn into a thick sauce. Add in spices, seasonings, and cream. Stir to incorporate and reduce heat to low to keep warm
  • In another large pot, bring water to boil and salt the water generously. Cook pasta until al dente and drain. Pour immediately into the pot of sauce, sprinkle over parmesan cheese and toss. If need be, add in a little pasta water to get the sauce to desired thickness. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 813kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 950mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 7885IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 322mg | Iron: 6mg

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Vegetarian Enchiladas

Veggie Enchiladas are super healthy, super colorful, and full of flavor!

Seasoned, roasted vegetables, are wrapped in corn tortillas, covered in enchilada sauce, and baked until bubbly. Vegetarian Enchiladas are a quick and easy meatless meal that your whole family will love.

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Ingredients

VEGETABLES Veggie enchiladas are chock full of healthy veggies like cauliflower, bell pepper, and zucchini, but we seasoned them and roasted them to bring out their best flavor. Add your favorite veggies based on what you have in your fridge.

SEASONING To keep it simple we use homemade taco seasoning for the vegetables. You can use your favorite seasonings or even just salt & pepper.

TORTILLAS Corn tortillas are best for enchiladas. Be sure to heat them so they don’t crack. I heat them on the grill or directly over the flame of a gas stove for a few minutes.

CHEESE This recipe uses pepper jack cheese since it’s easily available but feel free to try different kinds of cheese like cotija!

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Variations

    • Line tortillas with fresh spinach leaves before adding the veggies for a little extra color, flavor, and nutrients!
    • We also like sautéed sliced mushrooms, diced onions, or a can of diced tomatoes, or even a can of green chilis.
    • For an extra protein boost, add a can of drained and rinsed black beans and some brown rice!
    • Veggie enchiladas are a great way to use up leftovers like other veggies, rice, or scrambled eggs.

How to Make Veggie Enchiladas

  1. Prep, season, & roaste vegetables per recipe below.
  2. Fill tortillas with roasted vegetables, place in a baking dish with a bit of enchilada sauce.
  3. Top with remaining enchilada sauce & bake.

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Toppings for Enchiladas

Topping possibilities are endless!

A dollop of sour cream, some easy guacamole, some salsa, or pineapple salsa are all great options.

We like to serve vegetarian enchiladas with Cilantro Jicama Slaw for a fresh crispy side.

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More Great Enchilada Recipes

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Perfect Enchiladas Every Time

  • When making enchiladas, heat the corn tortillas before rolling so they don’t crack.
  • Cut veggies the same size so they roast at the same rate.
  • Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator and they will last about 4 days. Enchiladas can be reheated in the microwave or oven.
  • Or, make a vegetarian enchilada soup by placing roasted vegetables in a pot with caramelized onions, salt & pepper, taco seasoning, and a can of tomato soup. Add some salsa, vegetable broth, then heat and serve with shredded cheese and tortilla chips on top!

Did you make these Veggie Enchiladas? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

 

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Veggie Enchiladas

These easy & cheesy enchiladas are filling, flavorful, and budget-friendly!
Course Casserole, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 246
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 cups enchilada sauce divided
  • 8 corn tortillas 6″ each
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese shredded, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped

Vegetable Filling

  • 6 cups cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Combine all of the vegetable filling ingredients in a small bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Spread onto a baking sheet, roast 10 minutes. Stir and roast an additional 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of cheese on each tortilla. Evenly divide vegetable mixture over tortillas. Roll tortillas and place seam side down in the prepared dish.
  • Top with remaining sauce. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Bake uncovered 20 minutes or until bubbly. Add remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes more.
  • Top with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 2enchiladas | Calories: 246 | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1120mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1889IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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Sausage Tortellini Soup (30 Minute Meal)

Soup is the perfect belly-warming meal in a bowl and this sausage tortellini soup is both quick and delicious.

It’s a one-pot soup packed with Italian sausage, cheese tortellini, and a handful of veggies. It comes together in no time and satisfies even the heartiest of appetites!

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A Hearty Favorite

  • This soup is ready in just over 30 minutes start to finish.
  • We love the robust flavor of Italian sausage but you can swap it out for your favorite ground meat.
  • This recipe is great with extra veggies including bell pepper, mushrooms, spinach, and kale.
  • Just one pot means less mess, less dishes.

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Ingredients

MEAT Ground Italian sausage is used in this recipe. If you use other ground meats, you’ll want to boost the seasonings a bit! Fennel is the spice that gives Italian sausage it’s flavor so add a little if you have it.

BROTH I prefer a low sodium beef broth in this recipe but any kind will work.

VEGGIES Onion adds flavor. The canned tomatoes add great texture and flavor the broth and zucchini adds freshness.

TORTELLINI Because of the Italian sausage makes this soup meaty, we prefer cheese tortellini in this recipe but feel free to use your favorite. Mini ravioli works too.

Pro Tip: Adding a little bit of cornstarch to the broth doesn’t thicken it but it does add a silky feel!

How to Make Sausage Tortellini Soup

You’ll love how easy it is to make this tasty Italian-style soup!

  1. Cook sausage & onion. Drain fat, if needed.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes, & seasonings; simmer to blend flavors.

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  1. Add tortellini & zucchini and simmer until tender.
  2. Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve.

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Kitchen Tips

  • To make prep quick, while the sausage is cooking prepare the other ingredients. While the soup is simmering, slice the zucchini.
  • Leftover meats and veggies can be added. If they are already cooked add them in the last few minutes since they just need to heat through.
  • Add the juices from the canned tomatoes.
  • Boost the flavor of this soup by adding a parmesan cheese rind (or vegetable juice like V8) to the broth as it simmers. Discard the rind before serving.

Sausage Tortellini Soup in a pot with a ladle

Make Ahead & Leftovers

  • Pasta doesn’t keep well in soups, it can get mushy. If you plan for leftovers, cook the tortellini separately.
  • Keep tortellini soup covered in the refrigerator and it will last about 4 days.
  • Double the base of this soup (without tortellini) and freeze half for another day. Add any fresh pasta once thawed.
  • Freeze portions of soup in zippered bags or muffin tins without pasta. Add tortellini or pasta once thawed

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Did you love this Sausage Tortellini Soup? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Sausage Tortellini Soup

This hearty soup is loaded with Italian sausage, fresh veggies, and cheese-filled tortellini!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 226
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ½ pound Italian sausage hot or mild
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes with juices
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 oz fresh cheese tortellini about 3 cups uncooked
  • 1 medium zucchini sliced
  • shredded parmesan cheese and parsley for serving

Instructions

  • Cook sausage and onion until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  • Combine water and cornstarch and add to the pot along with broth, diced tomatoes, and seasonings. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Bring to a boil. Add tortellini and zucchini and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 6-7 minutes or until tortellini is tender. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Top with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese for serving.

Notes

Note: If you plan to keep leftovers, cook the tortellini separately and add to each bowl while serving.

This recipe is great with extra veggies including bell pepper, mushrooms, spinach, and kale. A can of white beans can be added too.

To make prep quick, while the sausage is cooking prepare the other ingredients. While the soup is simmering, slice the zucchini.

Leftover meats and veggies can be added. If they are already cooked add them in the last few minutes since they just need to heat through.

Boost the flavor of this soup by adding a parmesan cheese rind (or vegetable juice like V8) to the broth as it simmers. Discard the rind before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.33cups | Calories: 226 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 752mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg
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