Close-up of Produce Drawer Primavera, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, season 31.
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Produce Drawer Primavera

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Primavera is Italian for ‘spring’ and pasta primavera is a classic that features lots of fresh vegetables. For this version of the dish that Ree ate as a child, she shops from her produce drawer, adding bell peppers, squash and mushrooms along with asparagus and fresh oregano.



  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta, according to package instructions, until al dente and then drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet on a medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper, squash, asparagus, and mushrooms and cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes to soften. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper then remove to a plate.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining olive oil and butter. Add the ham, onion, garlic, and herbs along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring to ensure the garlic doesn’t burn, 2 to 3 minutes. Deglaze with the white wine, scraping up the bottom of the pan. Add the cream and prepared pesto, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the reserved vegetables and cooked pasta to the skillet, then toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Thin the sauce with the reserved pasta water if necessary. Garnish with the Parmesan and serve.