Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pasta Primavera

Primavera comes from Italian for "season of spring" or "spring style". Pasta Primavera then, is a very light pasta tossed with fresh, crisp vegetables - usually spring vegetables. It can be served with a creamy, alfredo sauce or a robust marinara sauce or even just tossed with herbs and parmesan cheese.

I like to keep my Pasta Primavera light and so don't go for the Alfredo sauce nor do I spend time slaving over a marinara sauce. I do use tomatoes though, just that I don't reduce it to a sauce and am happy just sauteing them with the rest of the vegetables. You could use cherry tomatoes for a different texture.

Carrots, bell peppers and peas are what I usually use, sometimes throwing in mushroom, corn or zucchini depending on what I have in the 'fridge. Since pasta is so light I make sure I use Italian herbs and seasonings to give it more flavour. Garlic is a must for me.

The winter evenings are perfect for having a warm bowl of light pasta along with some soup - and in summer one could easily turn this into a cold salad by cooking the vegetables separately and tossing them with the pasta and herbs.

Pasta Primavera


Pasta - 200gms
(penne, farfalle,fusilli)

2 cups chopped vegetables
(peppers, carrots, peas,mushroom, corn)
1 onion chopped fine
1 tomato quartered
4 cloves of garlic minced
Olive oil - 1 tbsp

Italian mixed dried herbs / seasoning - 1 tsp
Red chilli flakes - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper - 1/4 tsp

Grated parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup

1. Heat the olive oil in a wide pan and saute the garlic briefly, add the onions and saute for about 4 minutes till transluscent.
2. Add the vegetables and saute for 3 minutes on high, then lower flame and cook covered for about 5 minutes.
3. Uncover, add the tomatoes, salt, chilli flakes and herbs and saute for 2 more minutes.
4. Meanwhile, when the vegetables are cooking bring a big vessel of salted water to boil and cook the pasta in it till just done. Drain, toss with a tsp of olive oil and keep aside.
5. Toss the pasta with the vegetables, sprinkle crushed pepper and the grated parmesan cheese and serve warm.


Rajani said...

sure the thought of spring around the corner is pretty heartwarming. wish i could have some without lifting a finger!

Asha said...

Great Pasta to make. Looks delicious Miri, happy new year to you and family! :))

Mallika said...

Ah Spring. What a lovely thought!

Cham said...

Such a pretty lighter version without alfredo sauce :) Looks delicious Miri.

bee said...

i always order this at my fav italian place. with a glass of wine.

Soma said...

Primavera is my favorite. Have this most of the time whenever we are going to a Italian Place.

DEESHA said...

thatz absolutely delicious, I love pasta, this is a good one

Sig said...

I do love primavera... Loved your lighter take on it.

Sandeepa said...

Pasta looks lovely, I like the cold pasta salad idea

Jude said...

Can't wait for springtime and making things like this. So done with winter.

dawn said...

wow..awesome..i like pasta the most i will always obtain special cut pasta, long cut pasta, short cut pasta, flavored pasta from