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Pasta Primavera


Welcome to Kitchen Sanctuary Menu February 25, 2015

Today I will be making a Pasta Primavera. Remember my budget at the very highest per person is $2.00 that will feed 10 people. I really do try to keep my budget at a $1.50 per person. You can use any vegetable that is in season or on sale or that you like the most. This recipe takes about 25 minutes to prepare and about 35 minutes to cook. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!


1 (12 ounce) package penne pasta

1 yellow squash, choped 

1 zucchini, chopped1 carrot, cut into matchsticks

1 carrot, cut into matchsticks

1/2 red bell peppers, cut into matchsticks

1/2 pint grape tomatoes

1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

5 spears asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

1/4 cup olive oil, divided

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup grated Romano cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes; drain.
  3. Toss squash, zucchini, carrot, red bell pepper, tomatoes, green beans, and asparagus together in a bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning. Arrange vegetables on the lined baking sheet.
  4. Roast vegetables in preheated oven until tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Heat remaining olive oil and butter in a large skillet. Cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Mix cooked pasta, lemon zest, basil, parsley, and balsamic vinegar into the onion mixture. Gently toss and cook until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with roasted vegetables and sprinkle with Romano cheese.