It was a cool February weekday when we ordered takeout from our favorite Italian restaurant in town The Pastaria & Market in downtown Los Gatos. The girls ordered pasta primavera and were raving about how good it tasted. A few surprise veggies that they really liked were winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, little radishes, cauliflower, and broccoli. The girls especially loved the radishes and Brussels sprouts. With lots of good for you veggies and flavorful marinara sauce this really was an awesome feel-good pasta. The kids wanted to have this pasta again a week later but this time instead of ordering it I made the pasta at home for our Valentine’s Day Dinner.
Pasta Primavera with Winter Vegetables
- 1 lb pasta of your choice
- 1 jar of your favorite store-bought pasta sauce
- 8 cloves garlic finely crushed
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
- 2 cups Brussels sprouts cut into quarters
- 2 cups radish cut into quarters or turnips
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 cups baby carrots peeled and cut into small pieces
- 1- 2 fennel bulbs cut into thin slices
- 1 red bell pepper cut into small chunks
- 1/2 cup marinated olives
- 4-5 tbsp sundried tomatoes cut into small pieces
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Toss together all the vegetables with 4 tbsp olive oil and 4 garlic crushed cloves. Spread on a thin layer on two baking sheets and roast vegetables until veggies are cooked. About 30 – 40 minutes. Make sure to stir the vegetables after 20 minutes as you continue to roast them. Set aside.
- In a large pot heat 1- 2 tbsp oil and sauté remaining 4 crushed garlic cloves for a few seconds. Add red chili flakes and all the roasted vegetables, salt, and toss together. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the entire jar of marinara sauce, olives, sundried tomatoes and mix into the vegetables. Cover and heat through until sauce is hot and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime make the pasta according to package directions. Strain the pasta saving 2 cups of pasta water.
- Add cooked pasta to marinara sauce and toss together to coat all the pasta. Add extra pasta water if needed to thin the pasta dish.
- Pasta primavera with winter vegetables is ready!
- Serve pasta primavera hot with garnish of Parmesan cheese.