I love all things spring, the fresh smell of nature, the chirping of birds and the promise of sunshine are just a few things that make me love this time of the year. Comes spring and it's celebration time in my house and how would you expect a food blogger to celebrate? You guessed it right... I celebrate spring by preparing dishes made with seasonal ingredients.
There is one vegetable that I make sure to include in my weekly menu and that is asparagus. Apart from including it in some other recipes I always use it in my favourite pasta dish which is Pasta Primavera. I love the combination of vegetables in this pasta dish. Another of my favourite healthy pasta dish is 5 A Day Veggie Pasta Get the recipe here:
When I plan on making Pasta Primavera I add carrots, peas, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes to my shopping list. I love the rainbow of colours in this pasta recipe. They make the dish so vibrantly coloured and nutritious at the same time. I like to add just a pinch of saffron which in turn adds a beautiful golden hue along with a subtle taste to the Pasta Primavera recipe.
I have also made this pasta primavera without cherry tomatoes.
Prep Time: 15 minutes☻ Cooking Time: 15 minutes☻ Serves: 6☻ Cuisine: Italian
|bow tie pasta (farfalle)||500g|
|chopped onion||1 medium|
|chopped garlic cloves||2-3|
|olive oil||4 tbsps|
|red or yellow bell pepper||1 large|
|asparagus spears (cut into lengths)||15-16|
|carrots cut into thin strips||2 medium|
|cherry tomatoes cut in halves||10|
|red pepper flakes||to taste|
|grated parmesan||1/4 cup|
|lemon zest||1-2 tbsps|
|saffron dissolved in 1 tbsp water (optional)||pinch|
Method:Boil the pasta in abundant salted water. Boil and drain according to package directions and set aside.
Reserve about quarter cup of pasta water while draining.
Now add the thinly sliced carrot and cook for about 2 minutes.
Now add the bell pepper and peas. Cook for two more minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes.
Now add the pasta into the vegetables along with the pasta water and stir to combine. Add the saffron if using.
I hope you will make this Pasta Primavera recipe someday and get lots of compliments like I did.