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Picnic Pasta Primavera Recipe

Picnic Pasta Primavera Recipe

If the weather is lovely where you are, this is one great recipe to take on a sunny picnic. And for those of us who are still contending with chilly weather, we can make this colorful Mediterranean-style recipe for an indoor meal, knowing that the steamed fresh spring veggies in a simple garlic sauce can help us to stay healthy and happy.

“Primavera” means spring. Asparagus and spinach are just two of the vegetables to add their springtime nourishment to this great dish.


1 pound pasta shapes, such as tricolor rotelle or penne
1 small bunch broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup asparagus tips, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup fresh spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
3/4 cup red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch julienne strips
3/4 cup peas, fresh or frozen

Garlic Cream Sauce
1 or 2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup heavy cream

1. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to package directions.

2. Lightly steam the broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower until crisp-tender, just a few minutes.

3. Combine pasta, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, bell pepper, and peas in a large bowl.

4. To make the Garlic Cream Sauce, mix the garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor. With the machine running, slowly add the oil until the mixture is thick. Blend in the heavy cream and pour this sauce over the pasta and vegetables. Toss well to combine.

5. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Serves 8 to 10.

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Adapted from Picnic, by DeeDee Stovel (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by DeeDee Stovel. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Picnic, by DeeDee Stovel (Storey Books, 2001).

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Thank you for sharing.

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1:56PM PDT on Mar 16, 2010

Lovely I really love asparagus... and with vegan cream, of course!

3:17PM PDT on Apr 12, 2008

Oh, I love pasta primavera. The vegetables in this dish really combine well. It's heavenly.

If you looking for some other picnic recipes, check out this site: Picnic Recipes. It's on of my favorites.

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