Healthy Pasta Primavera


For pasta primavera made easy, try this recipe packed with vegetables including asparagus, mushrooms, yellow squash, and cherry tomatoes.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups whole grain penne pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 small yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ½ cup shredded carrot

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Lemon wedges


  1. 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.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in an extra-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add asparagus, mushrooms, and squash; cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, carrot, garlic, oregano, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes; cook until tomatoes begin to soften, about 1 minute.

  3. Drain penne; stir into vegetable mixture along with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Top servings with remaining cheese and serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
8g Fat
42g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 34mg 170%
Calcium 175mg 13%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 714mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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