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Pasta Primavera Recipe

A light and fresh Pasta Primavera Recipe - it's a vegetable and herb celebration of Spring on a plate.
We've put together a delicious recipe to celebrate Spring and the renewal of the world after Winter. It's light and colourful tasty and fresh, and above all it's healthy and full of energy. It's made from vegetables, herbs, olive oil and a little white wine, and is a dish suitable for absolutely everyone. Go ahead and try it for yourself - you won't be sorry.

Pasta Primavera

Ingredients for Two People
(just multiply for more)
  • 150g./5ozs. Fresh pasta (or use dried penne as we did to demonstrate).
  • One clove of garlic - finely chopped.
  • One large onion - chopped into fairly chunky pieces.
  • A medium sized courgette/zucchini - cut into roughly 3/4"/2cm. dice.
  • One stalk of spring celery finely sliced.
  • Half a red bell pepper - roasted and cut into medium dice (as above).
  • Three or four large mushrooms - sliced and browned in a little olive oil.
  • One smallish beef tomato roughly chopped.
  • 2ozs. about 50g. fresh peas.
  • 2ozs. about 50g. fresh green beans sliced.
  • Half a dozen small brocolli florettes.
  • A selection of fresh herbs - we used: parsley, thyme, mint, basil, oregano and marjoram, but you can use almost any fresh herb.
  • Two tablespoons of good quality olive oil.
  • 2ozs. about 50g. freshly grated parmesan to sprinkle.
  • A small glass of dry white wine or dry sherry - 112ml./4fl.ozs.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
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Pasta Primavera Recipe Method
  1. OK - bring the peas to the boil in a pan of water and boil for two minutes.
  2. Add the green beans and boil one minute more.
  3. Add the brocolli - bring back to the boil and then remove from the heat, cover and leave for five minutes.
  4. Drain and refresh in cold water - set to one side.
  5. Now in a large non stick fry pan - brown the onions in the olive oil with the celery for about five minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat and add the garlic - cook a further 2 - 3 minutes.
  7. Add the wine, pepper, mushrooms, peas, beans and brocolli and stir over a medium heat for two minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Meanwhile - bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and throw in your pasta - roughly two minutes for fresh pasta or follow the instructions on the packet if you're using dried.
  10. Drain the pasta and throw in the sauce - tossing well.
  11. Pile into a large warmed serving dish and garnish with your fresh herbs and a good sprinkle of parmesan.
Fabulous Pasta Primavera Recipe

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