Pasta primavera gets a makeover in this zucchini noodle primavera featuring zucchini noodles and loads of fresh spring vegetables.
What comes to mind when you think of pasta primavera? Chances are you think of a rather bland pasta dish with a light cream sauce and a scattering of vegetables thrown in.
Pasta primavera, invented famously by Le Cirque restaurant back in the heyday of nouvelle cuisine has since largely fallen out of favor. Although “primavera” means spring too many versions of the dish contained very few ingredients that had anything to do with spring with any vegetables most often overcooked into soggy submission. So I thought it was high time the classic dish got a bit of a makeover.
This zucchini noodle primavera is my version of the spring pasta that's lightened up by using zucchini noodles instead of traditional noodles and packed with loads of springtime favorites like asparagus, snap peas and broccolini. The whole dish is a veritable cornucopia of green and the kind of food that makes you feel good after you’ve polished off your plate, not heavy and weighed down. Not to mention that it’s an easy and delicious way to get in your daily servings of vegetables.
How to make zucchini noodle primavera:
- In a matter of moments you can whizz together the sauce and quickly cook the vegetables.
- If you have a spiralizer or a julienne peeler you can also easily make your own zucchini noodles or just buy them pre-made at your grocery store.
- I’ve swapped out the original cream sauce for a fresh pesto inspired mix of dill, parsley and pistachios with a hint of lemon zest. The bright tasting sauce is a natural complement to the lightly blanched vegetables and the perfect dish to make this time of year.
It’s a quick and simple “pasta” that captures the essence of springtime cooking: fresh and filled with green.
More zucchini noodle recipes:
- Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
- Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce
- Watermelon and Zucchini Noodle Salad
Pasta primavera gets a makeover in this zucchini noodle primavera featuring fresh zucchini noodles, a bright herby sauce and loads of fresh spring vegetables.
For the pistachio dill pesto:
- 2 Tablespoons/ 18g pistachios
- ¼ cup dill, stems removed
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, stems removed
- Lemon zest from ½ a lemon
- 1 small clove of garlic
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
For the pasta:
- 1 small bunch broccolini, cut into 2-inch pieces
- ½ a bunch of asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup snap peas, string removed and cut in half if large
- 3-4 zucchini, made into noodles with a spiralizer or julienne peeler
- In a small food processor, pulse pistachios until finely chopped, add dill, parsley, lemon zest, garlic and salt; pulse again until finely chopped. With motor running, add in olive oil until smooth.
- Bring large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add broccolini, asparagus and snap peas to boiling water and blanch for 2-3 minutes or until tender but firm. Transfer to an ice bath to cool, drain and gently pat dry.
- Toss zucchini noodles with pistachio dill pesto, gently stir in blanched vegetables to coat.
- Serve at room temperature.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g
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Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.