This month’s Recipe for Recovery is for Pasta Primavera, one full of flavor, vegetables and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Serves: 4
Prep: 20 mins. | Total: 30 mins.

pasta primavera recipe


  • 1 lb pasta, whole-grain, cooked al dente
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper, red, cut into slivers
  • 1 zucchini, medium, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, red, slivered
  • 8 oz asparagus, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 pint tomatoes, cherry, halved
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 3 Tbs parmesan cheese, grated (optional)


  1. Prepare pasta al dente or until desired texture.
  2. Prep pepper, zucchini, onion, asparagus, garlic, tomatoes, and spinach as directed.


  1. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil and add onion and peppers. Sauté until softened then add asparagus, garlic, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Continue sautéing until all vegetables are just softened, adding some water if needed to prevent sticking.
  3. Add pasta to the sauté pan and toss with vegetables.
  4. Stir in spinach [heat will wilt the spinach] and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with grated cheese if desired.

Important note: This recipe is best served as a side dish or with the addition of a protein source to make a complete and balanced meal. Easy-to-add sources include shredded rotisserie chicken, leftover cooked chicken, frozen shrimp, or tuna. To keep the recipe vegetarian, stir in beans, tofu, and/or cheese.

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