Stir-Fried Pasta Primavera

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on February 20, 2011

I have a whole laundry list of recipes to share. The number of recipes far out numbers the days that I actually post recipes. I like to eat. But more importantly, I like to try new things.

I had this entirely different recipe planned for this week. One that involved cheese and tomatoes. Spinach and balsamic vinaigrette. And this tasty Rosemary Foccacia. But you all are just going to have to wait until next week. Because today’s recipe just could not be ignored.

It’s technically vegetarian, but you could very easily add some shrimp to round it out. Which is exactly what we were planning on doing, until I realized I forgot to take the shrimp out of the fridge and I was just too lazy to thaw it in cold water. Which takes like 4 minutes. I know, way too much effort.

It’s creamy. There’s pasta, and who doesn’t love pasta. If you don’t, you are crazy. Seriously, you should get that checked out. And there are like tons of veggies. And cheese. Did I mention the cheese? There’s cheese.

Get ready for the best pasta meal you’ve ever had. If not the best, it will at least be in the top 5. I swear.

Stir-Fry Pasta Primavera

Stir-Fried Pasta Primavera

  • 3 cups broccoli florets {I used frozen}
  • 12 oz fettuccine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick {or about 12 baby carrots sliced}
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese {the good kind, not the kind in the “green” bottle}
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or about 1 tablespoon dried basil

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the broccoli until bright green, about 30 seconds {2 minutes if using frozen}. Transfer to a colander, reserving the water in the pot. Add the pasta to the pot and cook to package directions, until al dente; drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.

While the pasta is boiling, heat a 14-inch, flat-bottomed wok over medium-high to high heat, until a bead of water vaporizes upon contact. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil. Add the onion and, using a metal spatula, stir-fry until it is fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the broccoli and carrots and stir-fry until the carrots begin to wilt, about 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and stir-fry for 1 minutes. Swirl in the cream, bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and basil.

Add the pasta and the reserved cooking water to the wok. Toss to coat and season with salt and pepper.

Grab some giant plates, dump as much as will fit on that plate, and dig in. And yes, you will go back for seconds.

Meal Plan


Monday: Chicken fajitas
Tuesday: Leftovers {we have a lot}
Wednesday: Pancake, bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches
Beecher’s World’s Best Mac and Cheese
Friday: Homemade pizza on beer battered crust and homemade sauce {}
Saturday: Turkey tenderloin wrapped in bacon with spinach salads
Sunday: French toast on homemade French bread



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1 Ann February 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

This really looks creamy and fantastic. What’s not to love about it? !

2 Jessica February 21, 2011 at 7:22 am

Looks insanely delicious and how funny that we both had pasta Primavera on our minds lately! Yours looks wonderful and the pics are great. Have a great day sweetie and if you get a chance pop over for a fun cupcake kit giveaway on my site today! XO

3 TheKitchenWitch February 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

I haven’t had pasta primavera in ages, and I love it. Thanks for nudging my memory!

4 Making It Work Mom February 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Looks so good! Hmm when can I work it into the menu!

5 30ish Mama February 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

This looks soooo good I can’t wait to try it! Thank you again for another great recipe!

6 Rene @ bargain Hoot February 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm

This looks wonderful! I think My husband will love it!!

7 Sherry February 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Oooh, this sounds right up my alley! I love veggies!!

8 christi @ grey umbrella February 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

your recipes always look delicious!

9 Ann Kroeker February 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Doggone it, I just used up the last of my broccoli. This sounds so yummy, and I would have everything otherwise. It sounds so fresh and satisfying! Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!

10 Happier Than A Pig in Mud February 25, 2011 at 6:27 am

This looks great, even at 7:30 in the morning! Your turkey wrapped in bacon sounds really interesting too:@)

11 Dinner at Christina's February 26, 2011 at 12:05 am

Mmm, this looks so comforting and yummy! I’m SO glad I’m not the only one that accidentally makes meals vegetarian (a few times a week) b/c I’m too forgetful/lazy to remember to thaw a protein ahead of time.

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