One-Pot Pasta Primavera

One Pot Pasta Primavera
I’m totally a sucker for one-pot meals. I mean, fewer dishes? Less fuss and muss (whatever “muss” is)? I’m in. So when I saw one-pot pasta floating around Pinterest awhile back, I was intrigued. I made Martha Stewart’s version pretty much immediately, and I loved it. And, because I’m a food blogger and this is what I do, I tweaked and fiddled. This One-Pot Pasta Primavera is one of my favorite outcomes so far.

I love the concept of one-pot pasta. Essentially, you put all the ingredients into the pot, including the uncooked pasta and water (or broth). And then you cook, tossing constantly, for several minutes, until most of the liquid has cooked off and the pasta and accompanying veggies are tender, perfect, and saucy.

One Pot Pasta Primavera
This One-Pot Pasta Primavera is perfect for spring. With tender asparagus tips, broccoli florets, and a smattering of peas, it’s got lots of green to go around. Onions, mushrooms, garlic, and parsley add a little more oomph and flavor. True to classic Pasta Primavera form, we make it a tad creamy by ending with a bit of cream (just a splash!) and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.

One Pot Pasta Primavera
A few tips for one-pot pasta success:

  • Use a heavy, roomy pot. There will be lots of stirring and tossing.
  • If you have them, use long-handled tongs. Short handles keep you a little too close to the heat. Ouch!
  • Select a dried pasta that has a cooking time of between 9-11 minutes. Otherwise, you may end up with under-cooked pasta, or worse, mushy mush.
  • Once it starts boiling, be sure to toss and stir constantly! Otherwise the pasta will start sticking, and clean-up might make you sad.

One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

One-Pot Pasta Primavera

This creamy, saucy pasta overflows with spring green veggies. But the best part is that it cooks up in a single pot--in just under 10 minutes!


  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces linguine, uncooked
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into large florets (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, ends snapped off and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces sliced white button mushrooms (about 1 cup)
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (less for milder heat; more to increase heat)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired


  1. Add the broth, linguine, onion, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a large pot set over high heat. Drizzle the olive oil over the top.
  2. As soon as it comes to a boil, set the timer for 7 minutes and start tossing constantly with long-handled tongs.
  3. Continue boiling and tossing. As soon as the 7 minutes is up, add the peas, parsley, heavy whipping cream, Parmesan, and lemon zest and continue cooking, tossing constantly, for 1-2 more minutes, until the pasta and veggies appear tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Note that much of the liquid will have evaporated, but not all. And that's okay! Let the pasta sit for a couple of minutes to cool; the sauce will continue to thicken during that time. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese.

Kare Raye

About Kare

Kare is recipe editor and contributor to Oh My Veggies. She's a home cook, vegetarian, and mom who coexists with her otherwise carnivorous clan. Her blog, Kitchen Treaty, helps mixed-diet families keep the peace.   Read more from Kare →

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    • Kare RayeKare Raye says

      Hi Kelly, I would just leave it out. It’s still plenty good without it! If you really want that added creaminess, perhaps some unsweetened soy milk or almond milk, or even a dollop of vegan sour cream might work.

  1. Tiana says

    Talk about an arm workout! This one definitely keeps those arms moving.

    It was a tasty recipe and so quick to whip up. Really glad to have this in rotation when I only have a half-hour to spare from studying! Thanks!

  2. Samantha says

    I’m new to cooking. The pot you used looks like an enamel dutch oven. Is that necessary or will a regular saucepan work? Thanks!

  3. Ellie says

    I love this, thank you! I substitute different veges depending on what my fridge looks like- celery, broccoli and frozen corn works amazingly!
    I also use Massel’s vegan chicken flavoured stock instead of vegetable broth, but leave the salt out. It tastes really yummy and warming with a hint of chicken this way :)

  4. Jess says

    Very good! I loved this recipe. I did not stir constantly as suggested, and yes not fun to clean up. Lesson learned! Thanks for sharing =]

  5. Alex says

    I’m relatively new to cooking, but this is the most delicious recipe that I have made thus far! I added about double the amount of cream, cheese, mushrooms, and red pepper and it was amazing…I literally licked my plate clean :) Thanks Kare!

  6. Judy Hull says

    Wow, underwhelming. Each of the beautiful veggies lost their taste and resulted in a mound of tasteless goo. Would be much better off eating the veggies raw. No amount of seasoning will correct this underwhelming concoction: don’t waste your money on this recipe!

  7. Emma says

    I love cooking and have been cooking mostly vego and vegan meals for the past decade for my fam and friends. I have never attempted a one-pot dish like this. Tried it tonight and it was FABULOUS! Most of the recipes I make take much longer to prepare and cook- the flavour to effort ratio was excellent:-)
    I added come cauliflower because I didn’t have much broccoli, some fresh thyme and used 165 ml of coconut milk instead of cream. It was delicious. Hubby loved it and so did my 17 month old. Just found your blog, will definitely be visiting often- thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

  8. JJ says

    Hi, I’m a pasta lover/cooker. I saw your recipe and I’m interested upon cooking it. Just that I do not know how to make the low-sodium vegetable broth. Do you mind telling me how?

  9. lisa says

    This got a big thumbs up from 3 teenage boys! I made it for lunch today, no leftovers! This one is a keeper. Thank you!!

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