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Healthy Pasta Primavera -- Pasta Primavera Recipe

Updated on March 30, 2012

Pasta That's Delicious And Healthy, Too

I'll admit, when I first tried whole wheat pasta, I hated it. I found it to be heavy, grainy and thought it tasted a bit like cardboard. However, after some trial and error with recipes, I discovered what worked for me, and what didn't.

Mac and cheese made with whole wheat pasta, for instance, just didn't taste right to me. It was too heavy and I felt as if I had a lump in my stomach after I ate it. This pasta primavera recipe, though, was just right. The zucchini, yellow squash and carrots are nice and crisp, and the margarine/garlic/olive oil/cheeseĀ topping is a lighter version of an Alfredo sauce (which I personally love).

This dish is perfect for serving guests, especially at lunch when they might not want something that's too filling. It's quick and easy to make, and best of all -- it's pretty! Something about the color combination of the vegetables just makes me happy; I always serve it in a colorful bowl to make its presentation even more attractive. And if you really don't like whole wheat pasta, regular pasta can be used instead. Feel free to add more garlic and veggies, too.

So the next time you're craving Fettucine Alfredo, try this recipe instead. You'll have the nice, creamy pasta you desire, but you'll be getting some vegetables in, as well.

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Ingredients For Pasta Primavera

8 oz dried whole wheat pasta (small shells, elbow pasta, spirals, penne, etc.)

1/2 cup zucchini, chopped

1/2 cup yellow squash, chopped

1/2 cup carrots, chopped

2 Tbsp light margarine

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

How To Make Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera

1. Cook pasta, according to the package directions. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Set aside.

2. On medium heat, saute the chopped vegetables in the olive oil and garlic until they're soft, but not mushy.

3. Add the veggies and margarine to the pasta. Mix in so that the vegetables are placed evenly throughout the dish.

4. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and mix in. Serve with some extra grated parmesan cheese on the side.

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    • NaomiR profile image

      NaomiR 8 years ago from New York

      Thanks! The beauty of this is that it's so easy to make. Hope you enjoy!

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, this one sounds very good. Thanks!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      If its pasta I will like it, now make it a healthy pasta dish and I'm there for sure. Thanks for sharing. This recipe is different from mine so I will give your a try for supper tonight.

      great hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      keira7 8 years ago

      Hello Naomir, nice hub again, enjoy reading it. Take care.