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Giada's Pasta Primavera with Roasted Vegetables

Primavera is Italian for "spring," and that's what this dish tastes like. It was created at Le Cirque, New York's famed restaurant, in the 1970s because some high-flying and health-conscious patrons complained that they wanted lighter and healthier dishes. The original version was labor-intensive because you had to not only dice all the vegetables, but also blanch them in different pots. My version cuts out the blanching, and instead you roast the vegetables and end up with a sweet, caramelized, intensely flavored bite. Consider doubling the recipe; it only gets better the next day.

When I have it on hand, I love to use Dario Cecchini's Tuscan Salt Blend in place of the salt and dried herbs - just season to taste.

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Pasta Primavera with Roasted Vegetables

Category

dinner Main Course

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Calories

455

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 3 carrots, (peeled and cut into thin strips)
  • 2 medium zucchini or 1 large zucchini, (cut into thin strips)
  • 2 yellow squash, (cut into thin strips)
  • 1 onion, (thinly sliced)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, (cut into thin strips)
  • 1 red bell pepper, (cut into thin strips)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs or herbes de Provence
  • 1 pound short pasta, (such as Elicoidali, pictured)
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, (halved)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Originally seen on Everyday Italian. Episode: Italian Vegetables.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. On two large baking sheets, toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs to coat. Transfer half of the vegetable mixture to another heavy large baking sheet and arrange evenly over the baking sheets. Bake until the carrots are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20 to 25 minutes total.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  5. Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixtures in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the cherry tomatoes and enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
455
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
70 grams
Protein
15 grams
Fat
13 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
Cholesterol
7 milligrams
Sodium
185 milligrams
Fiber
6 grams
Sugar
9 grams
Unsaturated Fat
9 grams
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