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Creamy Pasta Primavera

When I think of springtime, asparagus comes to mind. This pasta dish is a wonderful blend of tender, crisp, colorful vegetables and a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked gemelli or spiral pasta
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute asparagus and carrots in oil until crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the cheese, cream and pepper. Drain pasta; toss with asparagus mixture.

Health tip
  • Using a small amount of a rich ingredient, like heavy cream, is a smart way keep a dish tasting indulgent while cutting calories.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/3 cups: 275 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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    • Megan
      Jan 26, 2021

      Loved this dish so much! :) Super simple and tasty. Can't wait to make again. I added some red pepper flakes and garlic powder as well. Thank you for sharing!

    • Nicole
      Apr 16, 2020

      I think I am going to try this for dinner tonight. Due to quarantine rules and social distancing, getting to the grocery store is kind of tricky right now. I have a few bags of mixed frozen vegetables and half of 1 red pepper left...I think I will use this and maybe add in some Canadian Bacon. I have fresh sage which is dying - and I can't take outside yet (too cold still) - so maybe I'll chop up what I can and add that plus some of my fresh mint into it. I hope it is good! Stay tuned!

    • Tomcatlover
      Jul 12, 2019

      Yummy! Made a few changes to be healthier

    • Debora
      Apr 14, 2019

      I added a bit of fish sauce to punch it up a bit, but otherwise was a good quick dish.

    • PrplMonky5
      Aug 26, 2017

      This was really easy to make and quite yummy. I did as others suggested and threw the tomatoes in last, then kept it on the heat just long enough for them to heat up. Next time I think I'll cut back a tad on the tomatoes, there just seemed to be a lot of them. I added just a bit of extra garlic in too. At first it didn't seem like there would be enough "sauce" but it worked out in the end. I did cut the recipe in half and 3 servings was about right. Served it with pull-apart garlic bread.

    • shellf937
      Jun 28, 2014

      Love this, I add fresh mushrooms along with the veggies and sauté, LOVE IT!!!,

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