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Creamy Pasta Primavera is full of delightful spring vegetables for a light and fresh pasta you can easily serve up for dinner with or without meat.

Creamy pasta primavera in skillet with wooden spoon

Primavera translates in English to Spring. So, Pasta Primavera simply means “Spring Pasta.” We love the Spring, when fresh vegetables are growing and plentiful, and dinners are light and satisfying. If you are the gardening type, you can pull your inspiration from what’s growing in your backyard. What’s better than a classic pasta primavera? Only one made with home-grown tomatoes, asparagus and spinach. We know, not everyone loves their veggies, but you will love them in this classic pasta dish!

We know, sometimes you just want a bit more substance to your pasta. If you love a really creamy sauce, you can easily turn this into an extra creamy pasta primavera by adding 1 cup of heavy cream to this recipe. Allow it to heat through and then add the lemon juice and parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Whichever variation you prefer, this is sure to be a hit!

  • Meat Options:

    Looking for a more substantial meal? Grilled chicken or shrimp are delicious in pasta primavera. Season the chicken or shrimp with salt and pepper, and sauté in butter or olive oil until cooked. Add to the pan when everything else is finished cooking. Or, try my recipe for Chicken Pasta Primavera.

  • Vegetable Options:

    Pasta Primavera is all about spring veggies. You can mix and match with as many different spring vegetables as you like. Spring vegetables include: artichokes, asparagus, bok choy, carrots, fava beans, garlic, herbs, leaks, morel mushrooms, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, ramps, scallions, and spinach.

  • What kind of pasta should I use?

    You can use any shape of pasta that you’d like. Penne has a similar shape to the vegetables you add to the dish, making it convenient and easy to eat, but don’t be afraid to switch things up with any shaped pasta you like.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious pasta recipes:

A serving of creamy pasta primavera on white plate

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Creamy pasta primavera in skillet with wooden spoon
This Pasta Primavera is full of spring vegetables for a light and fresh pasta that you can easily serve up for dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup asparagus trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in red onion and asparagus and saute 5 to 7 minutes until asparagus is tender crisp.
  • Add in peas, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts and stir briefly until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add in garlic and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat.
  • Add in pasta and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, and parmesan until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with freshly chopped parsley to garnish.
If you love a really creamy sauce, you can easily turn this into an extra creamy pasta primavera by adding 1 cup of heavy cream to this recipe. Allow it to heat through and then add the lemon juice and parmesan cheese and stir until melted.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1050IU | Vitamin C: 29.8mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2.5mg
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Primavera
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October 18, 2018 7:35 pm

5 stars
One of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever made!! I added basil because it’s one of my favorite herbs. Fabulous!

October 13, 2019 3:59 pm
Reply to  Lynette

Basil makes it very special. This is definitely one of my favorite pasta dishes.

Angela Drevitch
July 9, 2018 6:52 pm

5 stars
I added some shrimp and white wine. Delicious!

June 15, 2020 7:17 am

I just made this last night with shrimp and substituted sundried tomatoes for fresh. Omg delicious. One of our favorites ❤!

March 22, 2018 7:22 pm

5 stars
This looks crazy delicious! I can’t wait to try making this. The photos alone make my mouth water ?

Brenda Kurgan
June 13, 2020 6:46 am

5 stars
Wonderful, easy to make and taste is great!! This is an easy, KEEPER!!

September 24, 2020 2:40 am

5 stars
This was really good, best i have ever had, i added cream to mine as recipe says is optional.

June 19, 2020 9:43 am

3 stars
Recommendations for other vegetables. Afraid I’m not an artichoke fan, and cherry tomatoes are very expensive

June 14, 2020 7:15 pm

5 stars
This was awesome. I decreased garlic to 3 cloves, and added diced leftover grilled chicken, and used cream option. Loved the bite from the artichoke. Lovely summer dinner!

August 21, 2018 5:49 pm

Made this tonight! Absolutely amazing! This is the perfect combination of vegetables. The flavors all compliment one another. The garlic, olive oil and lemon juice keep it so light and fresh! I will make this again and again. The perfect meatless entree! Thank you for an incredible recipe!

Beverly Edwards’
February 28, 2018 11:27 am

Do you think if I added 1-2 Tbsp. of sour cream to insure that it stayed moist for a few days that it would work or would it change the texture too much.? Thanks

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