Pasta Primavera

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.

Simple Ingredients

  • 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

Easy Directions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Add asparagus and peas to skillet, cook for 5 minutes, until vegetables are crisply tender.

  4. Remove from heat, set vegetables aside

  5. In the pasta pot, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.

  6. Add minced garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, do not overcook or allow to brown.

  7. Add vegetable broth, parmesan & salt to the pot, stir until cheese is melted.

  8. Add cooked pasta to the pot, stirring gently.

  9. Add vegetables, mix to coat pasta, heat through, 2-3 minutes.

  10. Sprinkle parmesan, salt & pepper to taste.

  11. 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.

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Graziella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Graziella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!