Pasta Primavera

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons finely diced pancetta 

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small shallot, chopped

3 asparagus, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces on the diagonal

Kernels from 1 cob fresh corn

3 tablespoons peeled fava beans 

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

10 whole cherry tomatoes 

3 kale leaves, stems removed, leaves torn into small pieces

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

6 ounces spinach pasta, such as linguine

2 basil leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and sauté, stirring occasionally, until rendered, about 3 minutes. Drain and discard half the fat, then add the garlic and shallot to the remaining fat and cook until aromatic, stirring, about 1 minute; season with some salt.
  3. Add the asparagus, corn, favas and red pepper flakes to the skillet and sauté for about a minute. Stir in the tomatoes and allow to blister and break down a little. Stir in the kale and cook just until it wilts, then swirl in the butter to melt.
  4. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, 45 seconds to 1 minute, then strain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Toss the pasta in the sauce, adding some cooking water if needed to moisten. Garnish with some basil and Parmesan shavings, and serve.