Gluten-Free Lemon Herb Pasta Primavera Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 12 ounces gluten-free pasta of your choice (penne, rotini, or fusilli work well)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt for the pasta water

For the Vegetables:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped yellow squash
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Lemon Herb Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or vegan butter substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, or a combination)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (omit for dairy-free)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the gluten-free pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.

Prepare the Vegetables:

  • While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes until softened.
  • Add the zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, red bell pepper, and peas. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  • Stir in garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

Make the Sauce:

  • Reduce the heat to low and add lemon juice, butter (or substitute), lemon zest, fresh herbs, and a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water to the skillet.
  • Stir until the butter is melted and the sauce is combined.

Assemble the Dish:

  • Add the drained pasta to the skillet with the vegetables and sauce.
  • Gently toss to combine, adding more pasta water as desired to create a silky sauce.
  • Stir in the Parmesan cheese (if using).
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serving:

  • Serve immediately, garnished with additional fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese if desired.

Tips:

  • Customize with your favorite veggies: Broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and spinach all work beautifully in pasta primavera.
  • Make it a meal: Add grilled chicken, tofu, or shrimp for an extra boost of protein.
  • For leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Enjoy your delicious and vibrant gluten-free pasta primavera!

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