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One-Pot Pasta Primavera

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.

This post was originally published on March 17, 2014.

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One-Pot Pasta Primavera

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!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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189 Comments

  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    March 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I haven’t tried this one pot method yet, but I’m so intrigued!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

      I *so* love it! It is really kind of a revelation. 🙂

  • Reply
    Meg van der Kruik
    March 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

    YUM!!! I have been wanting to try a gluten free version of one pot pasta and I think you may have just given me the kick of inspiration that I needed.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Ooh, very curious to hear how gluten-free pasta fares using this method!

  • Reply
    Skye
    March 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I adore one pot dishes. I suffer from a severe case of washing up phobia, so they suit me down to a ‘t’. And I love the flavours in this pasta.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

      It’s definitely nice to have fewer dishes! Though I must warn you – depending on the recipe, one-pot pasta can result in one gnarly pan to scrub. But at least it’s only one! 🙂

  • Reply
    dishing up the dirt
    March 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I love one pot dishes and this pasta sounds absolutely wonderful. Cheers to less dishes at the end of the evening!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Hear hear! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennie @themessybakerblog
    March 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Tweaking and fiddling are what we do best. This recipe looks amazing. I’m all about fewer dishes.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

      I just can’t not tweak and fiddle! 🙂 Thanks Jennie!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    March 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Love one pot meals! I was actually hunting around for a good recipe for tonight and I think I’ll try this one out. Looks waaaay too yummy 🙂

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Yay, I hope you loved it! 🙂

  • Reply
    EA-The Spicy RD
    March 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Love all the green veggies in here-looks so delicious! I tried making a one pot pasta dish before and my noodle {gluten-free} got a little sticky, but it still tasted good. Can’t wait to make this, and my hubby will be so happy he only has one pot to clean up 🙂

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

      That’s one common complaint with this method – gluten-free or not! The pasta does end up a tad stickier than it would otherwise, but not too bad. My hubby enjoyed that aspect of this recipe, too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    March 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    This is such a good idea! I’ve yet to try these one pot pastas I keep seeing, but this one has definitely convinced me. Plus I’m totally in love with all those veg!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

      One you start, it’s kind of addicting! Be warned! 😉

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Love this pasta for spring!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thanks, Laura. 🙂

  • Reply
    Maria Tadic
    March 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve never seen a one pot pasta recipe like this! It looks sooooo good. I love all those fresh spring veggies! Do the veggies get really soft or do they stay tender and crisp? This is just such a genius idea! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Hi Maria, they actually stay pretty crisp! The asparagus is perfect, the broccoli does get cooked through possibly a little more than some might like. But you can also add it a little later on if you like instead, easy peasy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cassie
    March 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve never made a one-pot meal, mostly because they are pasta-based (gluten sensitivity over here) but I found brown rice & quinoa pasta at TJs and this is full of veggies so I have to add it to my list! I’m excited!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

      I’m really curious to hear how it turns out with gluten-free pasta!

  • Reply
    Jamie
    March 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Yummy! That sounds so delicious! I also love the idea of a one-pot meal because I hate washing dishes. The fewer dishes, the better!!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I’m with you! 😀

  • Reply
    Joanne
    March 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve loved all the variations on one-pot pasta I’ve seen around the internet since Martha’s version came out! The primavera take on this is so perfect for spring!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

      I know, right? So many great ideas. Love it.

  • Reply
    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    March 17, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I {love} one-pot meals! Quick prep, quick cleanup! This pasta primavera looks absolutely delish – sooo perfect for spring!! Loving all those gorgeous veggies!!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Seriously, I was blown away by how fast this comes together! Win-win. 🙂 Thanks Gretchen!

  • Reply
    Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie
    March 18, 2014 at 12:56 am

    This looks delicious, and even better that it only needs one pot! I love pasta when it’s jam-packed with greens so I’ll have to keep this in mind for when Spring rolls around again!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

      I definitely loaded up on the veggies to try to reduce the guilt factor. 😉

  • Reply
    Emma
    March 18, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Love the simplicity, and all the green! Looks fantastic, thanks for posting!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Emma! 🙂

  • Reply
    Holly
    March 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Really? One pot pasta– love this idea!!! Ingredients are now added to my shopping list for today. I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

    • Reply
      Kare
      March 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks for trying it! 🙂 I hope you loved it.

  • Reply
    Katie @ Produce on Parade
    March 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    So perfect for spring! Love that it’s one pot too 🙂

    • Reply
      Kare
      March 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I totally have spring fever, so that’s what I was going for! 🙂

  • Reply
    Judy P
    March 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    One Pots? I do a lot of what I call “skillet dinners”. Cooking for one is not usually fun or easy, so I do these quick and easy skillet dinners and there is always enough left over for another meal or two. Some times they’re healthy, sometimes it’s something I have been craving. I’m not vegan so mine do have meat in them. I usually use some canned chicken or if I’m feeling cravings, I use Kielbasa (smoked sausages) I just dump what ever I have handy, whether it is fresh spinach, cabbage, carrots, hominy, onions, green beans, sugar peas, bell peppers, or sometimes even all of it. Cover and let steam until veggies are tender. I rarely add pasta because I am trying to lose weight, but if I do it is whole wheat linguini. Season with some garlic powder and pepper and just a smidge of salt and maybe a little cumin or cayenne pepper. Very good!!

    • Reply
      Kare
      March 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      That sounds like the perfect way to get dinner on the table!

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    March 20, 2014 at 12:11 am

    ooo looks deelish! Plus I’m into the no muss deal. I must giev it a go!

    • Reply
      Kare
      March 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Seriously though, what does “muss” mean?! I just know we definitely don’t want it. 😉 Thanks Rebecca!

  • Reply
    lisacng @ expandng.com
    March 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    “And the cleanup might make you sad” — LOL. I love a good one-pot meal. Gonna have to try this. I just know my 1st time making it I’ll end up with mushy pasta. Oh well, live and learn.

    • Reply
      Kare
      March 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Just err on the side of under-done and you should be good to go! 🙂

  • Reply
    Yasmeen | Wandering Spice
    March 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I have to admit I’ve been skeptical of the one-pot pasta thing: is it possible to develop real flavor in just the time it takes to boil pasta? I’m not sure about some of the tomato or meat sauces out there. But, your primavera, with quick-cooking vegetables, might just be the thing that turns me around.

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    Becky Brown
    March 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my goodness !! This recipe is soooo easy and super delish 🙂 I will make this one very often !!
    I added a little more red pepper flakes and it is perfect for my family 🙂 THANKS !!!

    • Reply
      Kare
      March 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      I’m so happy you liked it! We’re big heat fans here, too, so I’m totally on board with more red pepper flakes!

  • Reply
    Allison
    March 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Made this tonight for my parents and I and it was super simple and delicious, everyone loved it. We added more red pepper flakes though because we’re big into spicy!

  • Reply
    Tricia Nightowlmama
    March 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I love everything about this tasty dish I’d love to make it

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      March 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thanks, Tricia!

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