Dinner

Pasta Primavera with Spring Herbs

This quintessential spring pasta, brimming with fresh seasonal herbs such as mint, parsley and tarragon, works hot, cold or at room temperature as a side dish or entrée.

Servings
6
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Duration
40 min

Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole-grain fusilli, penne or orecchiette pasta
  • 12 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1 cup peeled and diced carrot (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese (about 4 oz), crumbled (NOTE: Don’t use pre-crumbled goat cheese – it doesn’t melt as well.)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste (TRY: Eden French Sea Salt - Fine Grind)
  • Zest of 1 lemon, divided

Preparation

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions. About 2 minutes before pasta is done, add asparagus, carrots and peas and continue to cook until pasta is al dente and vegetables are crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine chives, mint, parsley and tarragon. Set aside.
  3. Drain pasta and vegetables, reserving about 1 cup cooking water in a heatproof cup. Return pasta and vegetables to pot and stir in cheese, oil, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, three-quarters of herb mixture, half of lemon zest and 1/2 cup cooking water. Add additional salt, pepper and cooking water as desired.
  4. Garnish with remaining one-quarter of herb mixture and remaining half of lemon zest. Serve hot, cold or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 1/2 cups pasta primavera
  • Calories 384
  • Carbohydrate Content 62 g
  • Cholesterol Content 9 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 8.5 g
  • Protein Content 17 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 275 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g