Continuing with this month's theme of all things spring, today I'm sharing some tasty recipes perfect for any springtime meal.
Brunch or Casual Dinner Party
- Greet your guests with a refreshing cocktail, like this .
- Served as an appetizer or as part of a light meal, sounds as delicious as it looks. And, it's easy!
- For the main course, serve with . The combination of the warm tart and the crisp, crunchy salad is a match made in heaven.
- Finish off the meal with a bright, lemony dessert. Try this airy .
Weeknight dinners usually need to be quick and easy to prepare. One of my favorite dishes to make in the springtime is this easy pasta primavera (recipe below).
Add a simple salad of mixed greens dressed with a splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
I have never followed a recipe for pasta primavera, so I thought I would share my own version. It's quick and easy to make.
8 ounces penne pasta
2 small shallots, sliced thin (You can substitute 1/2 cup onion if you prefer)
1 cup carrots, shredded (I used store bought pre-shredded)
1 small zucchini, sliced thin
1 small yellow squash, sliced thin
1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup white wine
2-3 tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. flour
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. thyme
1-2 tbsp. olive oil (for sauteing veggies)
Salt and pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- In a large saute pan, over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Next, add shallots and cook about 1 minute, stirring frequently.
- Add asparagus, squash, and zucchini. Season with a little salt. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add carrots and peas. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add 2 tbsp. butter and 1 tsp. flour to a small bowl. Smoosh them together to make a paste.
- Add parsley, thyme, and white wine to pan. Stir in butter and flour mixture. Turn heat to medium-low and let everything simmer for about 3 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thicker. At this point you can add the additional tablespoon of butter if you feel it needs it. (Personally, I would add it. You can never have enough butter can you? Haha)
- Drain pasta and add to veggies, stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you try my recipe, please let me know how you like it!
P.S. This is the first time I have ever turned a dish I made into an actual recipe with measurements (I cook on instinct). I apologize if anything seems confusing. If you need any clarification, send me a message. I would love to help!