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Healthy Pasta Primavera

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop


Healthy Pasta Primavera is made with penne pasta and is packed with tons of colorful and fresh vegetables like broccoli, bell pepper, tomatoes, and squash! It’s finished with a light and lemony butter sauce made with parmesan cheese and real lemon juice. You can enjoy this veggie packed dish on its own, or with some grilled chicken, for the perfect easy weeknight dinner!


  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 orange bell pepper, slices
  • 1 crown broccoli, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 6 tbsp butter, salted
  • 3/4 cup pasta water
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Start by preparing all your vegetables.  Chop, slice, or mince according to the ingredient list.
  2. Then cook your pasta according to the package instructions.  Make sure to save the pasta water!
  3. Next add 2 tbsp of the olive oil, the minced garlic, and the chopped onion to a large pan on the stove over medium heat.  Sauté for about 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  4. Add all of the veggies into the pan – zucchini, squash, broccoli, tomatoes, and bell pepper.  Add the Italian  seasoning, remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil, and lots of salt & pepper to taste.  Sauté for about 10 minutes until all the vegetables are just cooked.  You don’t want them to be too mushy, they should still have a bit of crunch!
  5. Next turn the heat to low.  Add the cooked pasta to the vegetables with the pasta water, butter, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and more salt & pepper.  Combine everything evenly.
  6. Top with extra parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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