One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

This technique means you're cooking everything in the same pot you used to boil the pasta, so there's less cleanup, but it's not just about efficiency—this method makes sure the pasta is infused with the taste of fresh spring vegetables.

Miranda Keyes

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup loosely packed julienned carrot
  • 1 pound spaghettini pasta
  • 6 cups water, just boiled
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 small yellow zucchini, julienned, core discarded
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, ends trimmed, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup finely grated, loosely packed Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
In This Recipe


  1. In a large, wide skillet with deep sides, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and carrot and cook until starting to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add spaghettini pasta, hot water, and salt. Turn heat to high. Let pasta cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add zucchini, asparagus and cherry tomatoes and continue cooking pasta, stirring often, until pasta and vegetables are tender and almost all of the water has been absorbed.
  2. Stir in peas, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, basil, and butter. Toss pasta until butter has melted and everything is well combined. Serve immediately. Top with extra Parmesan cheese and basil, if desired.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Lois June 13, 2018
and red pepper flakes!
Lois June 13, 2018
Today was one of those days that I didn't ave breakfast and lunch has come and past and I'm starving!<br />I too used what I had today so I used fresh thyme,broccoli rabe, black olives in oil and fresh mozzarella. Delicious!
Author Comment
Miranda K. June 18, 2018
Sounds so delicious! :)
FrugalCat May 26, 2018
Because I can't look at any recipe without adapting it to my tastes-<br />Parsley for the basil<br />Green beans for the asparagus<br />Snow pea pods for the green peas<br />Yellow onion for the red onion<br />Whole wheat rotini for the spaghettini <br /><br />Came out great. Will make again.
Author Comment
Miranda K. May 26, 2018
Sounds great - love the substitutions, you gotta use what you've got available and it sounds great! :)