One Recipe, Two Meals: Pasta Primavera

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.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (2 kids, 2 adults)
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Ingredients

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

One 14.5-ounce box rotini

3/4 cup chicken stock

4 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 cups broccoli florets

1 medium bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 cups cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup dry white wine

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Serve to your kids as is, or with 1/4 cup warmed peas, with extra grated Parmesan on top. 
  4. Place the remaining cooked pasta back in the pot. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.  
  7. Serve the adult-friendly pasta primavera with fresh parsley and more Parmesan-and that extra white wine, for Pete's sake!
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