Spaghetti Primavera: Healthy, One-Pot

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Here’s a healthy twist to the standard pasta primavera that we’re all familiar with! Changing the main grain component from pasta to spaghetti adds more nutritive value to this dish, if you choose the right spaghetti. Spaghetti that is bronze-cut is less processed, because molds are not used. Also, choosing air-dried pasta is better because it is not dried with heat that destroys nutrients. We are able to use a third of the oil due to cooking in MEC, which also reduces the fat content of this dish without compromising on the taste. We hope you try and like it!

Serves 4 People | Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 2 medium sized shallots, minced
  • 8 oz. bronze-cut spaghetti, uncooked
  • 3 cups chopped vegetables, 3-4 different types
    • ex: asparagus, peas/sugar snap peas, broccoli, sweet bell peppers, carrots
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ Tbsp. lemon zest, finely grated
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes [helps improve digestion!]
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

Combine garlic, 1/2 Tbsp. oil, pinch of salt, and lemon zest in a bowl and set aside. Set heat to medium-low. Put ½ TBSP. oil and shallot into the pot, stir, cover and cook for 3 minutes.

Add vegetables. When vegetables are halfway done, add 2 1/2 cups of water. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes until water has caused steam to build up in the pot.

Add spaghetti and cover and cook until almost done (about 10-12 minutes).

When spaghetti looks almost cooked (but not fully done), add basil along with garlic and lemon zest blend. Fold spaghetti into spices and herbs thoroughly. Cover and cook on low heat until spaghetti is done.

Turn stove off. Add tomatoes with red pepper flakes and optional parmesan cheese. Toss once, cover, and let food “come together” (5-7 minutes).

Serve!

NOTES:
— If using a variety of pasta or spaghetti that is more starchy, add the other 1/2 Tbsp. of oil to the pot before adding the spaghetti. This can help prevent the pasta/spaghetti from getting sticky.
— If you like snow peas or sweet peas to be more crunchy (if your choice of veggies includes these), add them to the pot when adding the basil/garlic mixture, and not in the beginning with the other vegetables.

Spaghetti Primavera

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