Spring is almost here! And with the spring weather, comes spring vegetables!
Veggies like asparagus, broccoli, and peas are all in season during the spring, so you’re likely to find some good looking produce at your local grocery store. I always look forward to this time of year, because it means more healthy eating, more fresh ingredients, and more selection!
This recipe combines some of those fresh veggies, pasta and cheese – and turns it into a quick and easy dinner. And it only requires one pot – which means fewer dishes when it’s all said and done. (And who doesn’t love that?)
Here’s what you’ll need:
– 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
– 8 ounces linguine, uncooked
– 1 small onion, halved and sliced thin
– 1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into large florets (about 2 cups)
– 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, ends snapped off and cut into 2-inch pieces
– 1 cup sliced white button mushrooms
– 4 large cloves garlic, minced
– 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (you can adjust this measurement for more or less heat!)
– 1 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 3/4 cup frozen peas
– 1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped
– 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
– 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
– 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
– Additional salt and pepper to taste
– Additional Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired
Start by putting all these things in one big pot: broth, linguine, onion, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Turn that on high heat, and drizzle the olive oil over the top.
Once it comes to a boil, grab your tongs and get ready! Set a timer for 7 minutes, and start tossing constantly. (Yes, you will need to toss the whole time!)
Once the 7 minutes is up, add the peas, parsley, cream, Parmesan and lemon zest. Continue to toss everything together for another 1-2 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and the veggies are tender.
Take the pot off the heat. Most of the liquid will have evaporated, but if some is left, don’t worry. That will just make a delicious sauce! Let everything cool for a few minutes – that will help thicken the sauce. (And it will prevent you from burning the roof of your mouth!)
Season with more salt and pepper if needed, and more Parmesan cheese if you prefer. (But really, who turns down more cheese?)
There you have it! An easy pasta dish loaded with veggies. And only one pot to clean! What could get better than that? Enjoy!