What we have here is a ridiiiiiculous pasta primavera, but super-stripped down on the front end for your babes. I included some peas in the kid-friendly recipe. The mature version is loaded with veggies, a bit of dry white wine, a little bit and a lot of butter, tons of good Parmesan and a heavy handful of fresh herbs.
Recipe courtesy of Bev Weidner
One Recipe, Two Meals: Pasta Primavera
Total:
45 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 servings (2 kids, 2 adults)
Level:
Easy
Total:
45 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 servings (2 kids, 2 adults)
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rotini and cook until al dente, according to the box directions. Save a cup of the pasta water and drain the rest. 

At this point, scoop out two cups of the cooked pasta and place it back in the pot. Add 1/4 cup chicken stock and 1 tablespoon butter. If needed, add a little bit of the reserved pasta water to create a thin sauce. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan and stir to combine. 

Serve to your kids as is, or with 1/4 cup warmed peas, with extra grated Parmesan on top. 

Place the remaining cooked pasta back in the pot. 

In the meantime, heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli florets and asparagus pieces to the pan. Add 1/4 cup water and cover to steam, about 3 minutes. 

To the pan, add the cherry tomatoes, white wine, garlic, thyme leaves, 2 tablespoons butter and the remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let saute for a few more minutes until the colors pop. Finally, add the peas and toss. Off the heat, add the last tablespoon of butter and another 1/3 cup Parmesan. If needed, stir in a little of the reserved pasta water to create a sauce. Toss to combine.  

Serve the adult-friendly pasta primavera with fresh parsley and more Parmesan-and that extra white wine, for Pete's sake!

Categories:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Pasta Puttanesca

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Pasta e Fagioli

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Pasta Puttanesca

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Shrimp Scampi and Pasta with Herb Breadcrumbs

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Craveworthy Eats 3 Videos

Crave-Worthy Egg Sandwich 03:24

Claire puts her own spin on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Cupcake Wars

          10am | 9c

          Cupcake Wars

          11am | 10c

          Cupcake Wars

          12pm | 11c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30pm | 1:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          3:30pm | 2:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          4:30pm | 3:30c

          Chopped

          5pm | 4c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c

          Chopped

          8pm | 7c

          Chopped

          9pm | 8c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10pm | 9c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10:30pm | 9:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          11:30pm | 10:30c

          Chopped

          12am | 11c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          1:30am | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30am | 1:30c

          Chopped

          3am | 2c

          Mystery Diners

          4:30am | 3:30c

          Get Cooking