I’ve always loved Pasta Primavera I’ve just never made it at home. My daughter made some in her high school culinary class and asked if we could make it at home. I thought YAY! someone shares my love for pasta primavera in our house!! So this is what we made. It’s out of an old Light and Tasty Magazine that Taste of Home used to publish. Not sure if the magazine is still in circulation or not.
8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/ 2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow pepper
1 medium zucchini julienned
1 medium yellow squash julienned
1 cup broccoli florets
1 pound thin fresh asparagus cut into 3 inch pieces
8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 cups cold water
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
couple dashes of pepper
1 – 2 teaspoon dried basil (recipe called for 4 tsp.)
1-2 cloves garlic minced
Parmesan cheese (optional) to sprinkle on top
Cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking in a skillet coated with cooking spray add your carrots, onion, garlic, peppers, zucchini, squash, and broccoli. Cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes while stirring around. Add asparagus and mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes.
In a saucepan combine flour and water until smooth over low heat. Add the bouiloon and bring to a boil and cook and stir for about 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add broth, salt, and pepper and stir well. Pour over vegetable mixture. Drain pasta and add to vegetable mixture sprinkle with basil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
* Add or omit any vegetable of your choice. This go around the asparagus didn’t look the greatest and my daughter doesn’t like broccoli. I used some green pepper and chopped up some baby carrots since that’s what I had on hand. The recipe called for wine or chicken broth, I used chicken broth, I’m sure vegetable broth would be good too. I added garlic to the recipe because I thought it could use it for flavor. I bet some oregano would be good too.