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Peas and Pesto Pasta Primavera

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"How to get kids to eat their veggies: Swap in the ones they actually like! Customize this delicious dish, made with our Traditional Basil Pesto, to suit your picky palates."
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26 m servings 348
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil, add salt to taste and the Penne, and stir gently.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions adding the vegetables and peas for the last 4 minutes of cooking; remove from heat and drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot bring the Traditional Basil Pesto and half-and-half* to a low simmer.
  4. Add pasta to the sauce in pot; heat through.
  5. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • *Or reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and use in place of half-and-half or whole milk.
  • Customize it: Customization is clutch when it comes to making meals to please even the pickiest eaters. With this dish, any fresh vegetable mixture will do.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 348 calories; 11 51.2 12.6 9 297 Full nutrition

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I thought this dish was delish! I used fresh broccoli, asparagus and corn. I used frozen peas as well and followed the directions to the "T". It came out great. I would make this again maybe ...

Followed directions and used asparagus, broccoli, & frozen peas/corn. Used whole milk & extra Parmesan. Was perfect and my toddler ate her veggies!!!

I made this as directed but used frozen peas and my own homemade pesto. Great way to use your veggies. I added asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower & carrots. It would be great with chicken or ev...

Id give then 10 stars if I could- so yummy. bought tomato pesto sauce on accident but it was so good. haven't tried it with traditional. delicious. ate a few days in a row and never got tired of...

This was fantastic! I added chicken pieces, asparagus, and sliced cherry tomatoes. Probably will avoid asparagus next time, the pieces felt out of place. I also used linguine since that’s what I...

I added broccoli, cream rather than milk and added grilled chicken. Perfect meal

I really liked it. I followed the directions exactly

It doesn't get any better than this! So creamy and delicious, plus veggies! You can't go wrong with this dish! I would like to try it with some grilled chicken for a meal.

I added mushrooms and one hard boiled egg, chopped. I did not cook the frozen peas so they stayed a bit crunchy.