Named for Spring, our version of Pasta Primavera includes fresh, in season asparagus, leeks, peas & Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of butter or cream. A lighter yet delicious pasta dish, serve as a main or a side dish. Serves 4-6.
1-pound penne, farfalle or short shaped pasta
6 tablespoons Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olio Nuovo olive oil
1 cup organic vegetable broth
2 fresh leeks rinsed, trimmed & quartered into ½ inch slices
1-pound fresh asparagus, washed, tough ends trimmed. Cut stem & spear on bias in ½ inch slices
2 cups fresh peas (thawed if frozen)
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 ½ teaspoons of sea salt
Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
Bring 4 quarts of cold water to boil in a large covered pot or Dutch oven. Salt the water, add pasta, cook until al dente, firm. Drain pasta & set aside.
As pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add leeks, cook for 3 minutes, until soft & fragrant.
Add asparagus and peas to skillet, cook for 5 minutes, until vegetables are crisply tender.
Remove from heat, set vegetables aside
In the pasta pot, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
Add minced garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, do not overcook or allow to brown.
Add vegetable broth, parmesan & salt to the pot, stir until cheese is melted.
Add cooked pasta to the pot, stirring gently.
Add vegetables, mix to coat pasta, heat through, 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle parmesan, salt & pepper to taste.
Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella Organic Bianco Toscano IGT white wine.
Tip: Leeks grow in sandy soil, cut the white root end & dark green top, rinse in warm water.
Tip: Let the pasta mixed with vegetables stand covered for 2-5 minutes allowing sauce to thicken so flavors can fully blend.
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