Spring is just around the corner…and I am so ready for it to be here…are you? This Spring Veggie Pasta Salad is a great way to bring some spring and sunshine to your family dinner table this week!
There are so many delicious veggies that you can throw into this pasta salad to create a simple but beautiful salad for you family and your dinner guests. This salad can be served as a main dish if you want…serve it as is or throw in some grilled chicken to add some protein to it. Or serve it as a side dish.
It takes just a few minutes to prepare, then simply toss today all the colorful ingredients together in a pretty bowl and serve warm. Almost everyone in my family enjoys this one. I have one who despises veggies…so this one was not a favorite.
Spring Veggie Pasta Salad
1 lb farfalle pasta (or pasta of your choice)
2 cups fresh broccoli
2 cups asparagus spears, cut into pieces
1 sweet pepper
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
- Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the water the pasta was cooked in. Drain the rest of the water and then set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute broccoli, asparagus, pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil until veggies are just tender, about 5-8 minutes. Stir in cherry tomatoes and continue cooking an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Remove cooked veggies from heat and stir into the cooked pasta, 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water, lemon juice, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top pasta primavera with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.
This one is so pretty you will want to make sure you have company when serving this salad. It would also make a great side on your Easter Table! All the bright colors make it a beautiful as well as tasty addition to your favorite recipes! Go ahead and give this one a try and let me know what you think! Feel free to sub your favorite veggies in this too!
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