Tested till perfect Company Primavera

Company Primavera

Primavera, the Italian word for springtime, is just the term to do justice to this vegetable-packed pasta dish that requires only 10 minutes of cooking.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: © CanadianLiving.com

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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Portion size 4


  • 1 lb 1lbasparagus
  • 4 cups 4cupspenne pasta or fusilli pasta
  • 2 tsp 2tspolive oil
  • 3 cups 3cupssliced mushroommushrooms, (8 oz/250 g)
  • 1 1oniononions, chopped
  • 2 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp 1tspdried thyme
  • 1 tsp 1tspfinely grated lemon rind
  • 2 2sweet red peppersweet red peppers, sliced
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbutter
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
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Snap woody ends off asparagus; cut diagonally into 1/2-inch (1 cm) pieces.

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for 6 minutes. Add asparagus; cook for 2 minutes or until pasta is tender but firm and asparagus is tender-crisp. Reserving 1/4 cup (50 mL) cooking water, drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme and lemon rind, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Stir in red peppers; cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes or until tender-crisp. Add reserved cooking water, scraping up brown bits; add to drained pasta mixture. Stir in Parmesan cheese, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper until blended.


Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 476 pro 18g total fat 13g sat. fat 6g
carb 75g fibre 7g chol 22mg sodium 753mg

% RDI:

calcium 15 iron 22 vit A 33 vit C 187
folate 69
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