Pasta Primavera

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Kosher salt

12 ounces tricolor fusilli

4 cups broccoli florets

3 carrots, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 cup frozen peas

4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

Freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil

Juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs, adding the broccoli, carrots, bell pepper and peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and return to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 1 minute. Add the vegetable broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; bring to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter until melted and the sauce is thickened, about 1 more minute.
  3. Pour the sauce over the pasta and vegetables and add the cheese, parsley and lemon juice. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the cheese melts, about 1 minute, adding enough of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce. Season with salt and pepper and top with more cheese.