Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins
Adapted from Joy of Cooking--this is a terrific dish!! I used spinach fettuccine to make this even more beautiful. I was pretty free with the veggies--added some edamame, artichokes, spring onions and zucchini besides what's listed here. I added 25 minute prep time for all the chopping.
- 6 quarts water
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 6 asparagus, tough ends trimmed and finely diced, except for tips, which should be left whole
- 1⁄2 lb broccoli floret, a small head worth, cut into very small florets (Original recipe discards stems, but I dice those up too)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
- 3⁄4 cup fresh peas or 3⁄4 cup thawed frozen peas
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 lb fresh fettuccine or 12 ounces dry fettuccine
- 1 cup heavy cream or 1 cup half & half light cream
- 12 fresh basil leaves (I used half green and half purple!)
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Be sure everything is cut about the same size so the dish has a nice uniform look.
- Bring water and salt to a rolling boil.
- Add asparagus and broccoli and cook for one minute; remove veggies and plunge into cold water to stop cooking.
- Reserve vegetable cooking water for boiling pasta.
- Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over med heat.
- Add onion and carrots; cook, stirring, till soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add blanched asparaguys and broccoli along with the frozen or fresh peas and S&P to taste.
- Cook till all veggies are tender.
- Return veg cooking water to a boil.
- Add fettuccine and cook till tender.
- While pasta is cooking, add cream to veggies and stir while simmering.
- Drain pasta and add to veggies with basil leaves and cheese.
- Serve this terrific dish while VERY HOT.
The very first primavera I've ever made, and absolutely wonderful. Great instructions. I used as many vegetables as I could, and next time will increase the quantities even more. But will decrease the oil/butter next time, too much for me. I did use light cream for the source and didn't feel it needed anything heavier. It even reheated the next day for lunch really well. Many envious glances from co-workers. Thanks Meow!
Truly a unique recipe for Fettuccine Primavera. I was so intrigued by the ingredients that I prepared this with the ingredients on hand. Being free with those veggies made for a great meal. This ones a keeper. Waiting for fresh peas from the garden for next time around. Usually cook on the light side but next time will splurge and go with the heavier cream and be generous with the cheese. Loved this recipe! Gerry 999