This vegetarian pasta primavera recipe is perfect for summer, and for an easy lunch. You can whip it up in no time flat, and it tastes great!
I have been on such a vegetable kick lately. I have just been craving all sorts of veggies, it’s getting kind of ridiculous.
When I was testing out this recipe, I wanted to put so many veggies into the pasta that they almost didn’t all fit in my big skillet.
But that’s the beauty of a recipe like this. You can create so many different versions and variations of it that it will be different each time you make it.
Do you think there’s a problem with what you are eating if you are craving vegetables all the time? I can’t seem to get enough of them right now, and I’m kind of wondering if my body is trying to tell me something.
The hardest part of creating this recipe is chopping up all the vegetables – and there are SO many in this recipe (it’s a good thing, I promise). But it tastes so fresh and it’s a perfect lunch dish.
I just love how all the flavors work so well together. And I also love how this pasta dish doesn’t need a sauce or anything – it’s pretty perfect just how it is. Fresh, colorful, and healthy. It’s pretty tasty too.
If you are interested in additional vegetarian recipes, try this easy vegetable gumbo recipe or this roasted vegetable couscous recipe.
*You can add in a little bit of shredded Parmesan cheese if you want (that’s what I did and it was a perfect compliment to the pasta and veggies).
Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
- 12 oz whole wheat pasta dry
- 1 head broccoli chopped
- 1 tub cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium carrot chopped
- 1 medium zucchini chopped
- 1 medium yellow squash chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup vegetable broth optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a pot, cook the noodles to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil to medium-low heat. Add in the onion, garlic and carrots.
- Cook until the onion is beginning to get translucent. Add in the rest of the veggies, and continue to stir.
- As the veggies cook, add in the vegetable broth, if using, and cover. Cook for about 8 minutes until the veggies are cooked through.
- Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet. Mix to combine. Serve immediately.
Thank you so much Rachel. I find time during the weekends – or now that the summer is coming and the days are getting longer, I can cook and shoot the pictures after I cook dinner, so that has been nice. Making time to cook is hard though. We have made it a priority lately.
Thanks Anne! Whole wheat pasta is a little denser than regular pasta, but I think it tastes just as good. You should try it and let me know your thoughts. We basically only eat whole wheat pasta now (it’s all I really care to buy), so I don’t really notice a difference anymore.
Thank you so much! I wish I knew why I’ve been craving veggies so much lately. I really am not sure why, but it leans to more vegetarian recipes for the blog – so it’s a win-win.
Thank you Missy! It’s so simple and I loved how fresh it tasted.
Another amazing looking recipe! I can’t wait until I have some extra time to try this and some of the others out!
So good! Let me ask your opinion on the pasta as I have never tried whole wheat pasta….does it taste like regular pasta?
This looks delicious! I am not a big meat fan… I know I need to eat it for protein, but this recipe is right up my alley. I can’t get enough vegetables, either!
Sounds simple and delicious as usual!