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Creamy Pasta Primavera

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

6 servings

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
Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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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