One of my absolute favorite spring dishes is Pasta Primavera. The only downside to enjoying loads (I typically include 5 or 6 different veggies) of Spring's freshest vegetables on a pile of creamy pasta is all of the chopping. The prep/cooking time makes it something that I don't get to make on a regular basis despite my cravings... This one-pot pasta, however, provides the perfect solution!!
Mushrooms, zucchini, and garlic are all that gets chopped here- and it doesn't get much simpler than scooping in some frozen peas... Not to mention, throwing everything into one pot and letting it cook!
Simple, delicious, easy, and bright; It's the perfect weeknight meal... (so easy, my husband made it!).
One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta
Adapted from Damn Delicious; Serves 6
1 lb. spaghetti
1 lb cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, quartered and thinly sliced
2/3 cup frozen peas
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/3 cup heavy cream
Place water, spaghetti, vegetables, garlic, thyme and salt/pepper in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered until pasta is cooked and liquid is reduced, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan and heavy cream until the noodles and veggies are evenly coated.
Notes on this recipe: While the pasta is boiling, you may need to stir the pasta and ensure that it sinks completely into your pot. (Alternately, break your spaghetti noodles before adding them in, or used shaped pasta, just adjust your cooking time accordingly.) You can experiment with other veggies to suit your taste- feel free to play! If you're omitting the mushrooms, I'd recommend trading the plain spaghetti for whole wheat- the mushrooms provide an earthy, nutty flavor that would really be missed but would be somewhat made up for with a whole wheat pasta.
Yummy garnishes for this dish would be thinly sliced green onions (to freshen it up a bit), or more Parmesan cheese.