A delicious pasta with fresh spring vegetables for your dinner table tonight.
Fresh vegetables have the perfect place in this pasta primavera; primavera means spring. I added asparagus, yellow squash, tomatoes, and fresh basil to my pasta primavera but you can add your own choice. Perhaps you would like peppers, or zucchini, or onions; I am sure any of those will taste flavorsome. The main idea behind pasta primavera is the use of fresh vegetables.
I love having a garden because then I can use the fresh vegetables from my garden, although this time I concocted my pasta primavera with vegetables from the farmer stand just outside of Fallbrook. That is another enchanting thing about living in Fallbrook, we have farmer stands scattered all along the outskirts of town. I dare say there are 4 within 10 minutes of downtown Fallbrook. And they are open year round selling seasonally produce.
I have fallen in love with farmer stands and find great delight in visiting them to see what delectable fruits or vegetables have grown and are waiting to be eaten. Farmer markets are a delight too, but the stands are only going to be selling produce and seasonally produce. Embrace the farm to table mentality, it is so healthy, satisfying, and lovely.
- 1 bunch bunch of asparagus (washed and trimmed to 1 inch lengths)
- 1 yellow squash (washed, sliced thin, and in half)
- 1 large red tomato (diced)
- 8 oz pasta (your favorite)
- 2 to 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 to 2 Tbs Italian seasonings*
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 12 large large shrimp (tails removed)
- Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
- In a large sauce pan bring water to boil for your pasta
- Once boiling, add 1 tsp salt and pasta
- Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package
- Meanwhile, in a saute pan add your olive oil
- Sprinkle your shrimp with Italian seasonings
- Add the shrimp to your saute pan and cook throughout (about 3 minutes) turning once
- Add your asparagus and yellow squash, saute for a few minutes
- Add your minced garlic and a little more Italian seasoning
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain, and add to the vegetables
- Add your tomatoes last and let warm slightly
- Serve sprinkled with fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired
Enjoy this fresh and healthy and delicious pasta for dinner!
If you don’t like shrimp use chicken. If you want it vegetarian leave the meat out.
What vegetables would you add to your pasta primavera?