Pesto Pasta Primavera

Pasta primavera has always held its own as a delicious and healthy
summer recipe that makes great use of the bounty of fresh summer

This version is a particularly good one as the pesto –
a sauce of garlic and basil – provides a flavorful backdrop for the
asparagus, zucchini, peas, green beans, and other vegetables.

This may seem like a long and involved recipe, but it goes quickly if you have your vegetables prepared and cooking utensils organized. It should be made at mealtime and served immediately. I like to sprinkle extra pine nuts and finely choped fresh basil over the top.

1 head broccoli
2 small zucchini
4 asparagus spears
1 1/2 cups green beans
1 1/2 cups green beans
1/2 cup peas
2 cups mushrooms
3 cups chopped tomatoes
8 tablespoons pesto
1 pound spaghetti
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and black pepper

Chop and steam vegetables for 3 to 5 minutes until tender but still crisp. Drain and set aside. Cook tomatoes for 5 minutes in a heavy skilled, stirring gently. Add the pesto and set aside.

In a large pot, cook the spagetti until al dente. Drain in a colander and set aside.

In the same pasta pot, melt butter, then add broth, cream, and cheese. Cook gently until smooth, stirring constantly. Add spaghetti, vegetables, and tomato-pesto sauce. Toss quickly with more grated cheese. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

Adapted from The Pesto Manifesto, by Lorel Nazzrao (Chelsea Green, 2002).
Adapted from The Pesto Manifesto, by Lorel Nazzrao (Chelsea Green, 2002).

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Marcel Elschot
Marcel Elschot2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Natalie S.
Natalie S.2 years ago

This is a good way of toning down the taste of pesto, with all the lovely veggies, thank you!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Fabulous recipe. Thanks.

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