Pasta Primavera

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The other evening we made a delicious take on a fresh recipe that is meat-free, loaded with delicious veggies and tender whole grain pasta. The flavors were so beautiful together and it looked as good as it tasted!

Pasta Primavera is an age-old recipe with many variations. Our version is below, but this recipe is also great for last-minute “fridge-raid” style cooking to get rid of any veggies that may be close to past their prime.

Ingredients:

– 3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
– 2 medium zucchini or 1 large zucchini, cut into thin strips
– 2 yellow squash, cut into thin strips
– 1 onion, thinly sliced
– 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
– 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
– 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs or herbes de Provence
– 1 pound farfalle (bowtie pasta)
– 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

On a large heavy baking sheet, toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs to coat. Transfer half of the vegetable mixture to another heavy large baking sheet and arrange evenly over the baking sheets. Bake until the carrots are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20 minutes total.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixtures in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the cherry tomatoes and enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately.

Bon appetit!