Asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and carrots are tossed in a delicious and rich cream sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat-high heat; saute asparagus and carrots until tender yet firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and garlic; saute until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Stir Parmesan cheese, cream, and black pepper into vegetable mixture until cheese melts and sauce is smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add pasta to sauce and toss to coat.

Cook's Note:

This is a great base recipe. Try using green beans instead of asparagus, canned sun-dried tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes, or add some fresh pesto to the cream sauce to mix up the flavor.

Nutrition Facts

518 calories; protein 18.4g; carbohydrates 65.1g; fat 22.2g; cholesterol 66.1mg; sodium 250mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (33)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2014
Delicious! I omitted the carrots (didn't have any on hand) and added in sliced mushrooms, red pepper and a little fresh spinach that I had to use up along w/ the spinach and tomatoes. I used more than 1 clove of garlic, and just eyeballed the cheese until the sauce was the thickness that I wanted. The whole family gobbled this up! This is a great recipe to make when you have a lot of odd and end veggies in the fridge that need used up. I will def be making this again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2018
Nothing special here....actually won't make again - prefer either a true Alfredo with added veggies or an olive oil based primavera better. Read More
42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2014
Delicious! I omitted the carrots (didn't have any on hand) and added in sliced mushrooms, red pepper and a little fresh spinach that I had to use up along w/ the spinach and tomatoes. I used more than 1 clove of garlic, and just eyeballed the cheese until the sauce was the thickness that I wanted. The whole family gobbled this up! This is a great recipe to make when you have a lot of odd and end veggies in the fridge that need used up. I will def be making this again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2014
I didn't have penne so I used noodles. can't eat asparagus so I use a 10 ounce bag of frozen vegetables then followed the directions it was very good. Thanks, Happy Cooking! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2015
So easy and delicious!! Added ham and broccoli and the whole family loved it. They said it was my best white sauce pasta ever!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
Came out looking colorful and tasted great. I liked how the tomatoes cut through the richness of the sauce. I used squash and zucchini instead of carrots but everything else was the same. Very delicious but I might use a little veggie stock/sauce mix next time if I'm not in the mood for a rich sauce. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2016
Really easy to make. I used veggies that were in the fridge: broccoli sugar peas carrots cherry tomatoes & asparagus. I added a little extra garlic. The flavor was a little bland & the cheese a little stringy will try to solve those 2 issues the next time I make it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2018
Nothing special here....actually won't make again - prefer either a true Alfredo with added veggies or an olive oil based primavera better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2019
Earlier this week I've made the creamy penne pasta primavera. It was fantastic. I passed on the asparagus and had no substitute for it. Instead of shredding a carrot I've used matchstick sliced carrots instead. I've added more cherry tomatoes to make up for the loss of other veggies. And leftovers was awesome as well. I'll make it again for sure. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2020
Delicious! Had to do a few substitutions. Another reviewer suggested green beans if you don’t have asparagus - that worked well for me. Didn’t have any cream on hand so used a butter & milk substitution. I wish I had added flour to thicken the sauce a little. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/13/2016
A little to bland for our liking. Read More
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