Recipe: Light and Easy Pasta Primavera




Light and Easy Pasta Primavera

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

Serving size: 2 cups


8 ounces gemelli pasta, dry

2 cups broccoli florets

½ cup matchstick carrots

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 small zucchini, thinly sliced in half moons (about 1½ cups)

1 small yellow squash, thinly sliced in half moons (about 1½ cups)

½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

½ cup frozen peas

½ cup white cooking wine

juice of ½ lemon (about 1 tablespoon) + ½ teaspoon zest

⅓ cup reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente. Remove with a slotted spoon, and reserve in a bowl. Do not drain the pasta water.

    Bring the water back up to a boil and cook the broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper slices until they are bright and tender crisp, 2 minutes.

    Drain the vegetables and set aside.

    Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil, onions, and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft, 4-6 minutes.

    Add the zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes and continue cooking until they begin to soften, 2-4 minutes.

    Adjust the heat to medium-high and add the peas, the set-aside vegetables, the cooking wine, lemon juice, and lemon zest and simmer until the sauce slightly thickens, 3-4 minutes.

    Reduce the heat to low and add the set-aside cooked pasta, the cheese, and parsley to the skillet.

    Toss gently with tongs to evenly coat all the ingredients in the sauce, and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: (2 cups)

Calories: 293

Calories from fat: 57

Fat: 7g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 4mg

Sodium: 106mg

Carbohydrates: 47g

Fiber: 5g

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 10g

SmartPoints: 7

The nutrition content of recipes on has been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.

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