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Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe

Skinny Pasta Primavera – This healthy pasta primavera recipe is loaded with fresh veggies and features a lighter cream sauce, but tastes just as rich and decadent as the original!

Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe

Lately, I’ve noticed we haven’t eaten a lot of pasta for dinner.

Probably because bathing suit season is here, and although I insist that I won’t allow bathing suit season to control my habits… Sometimes it does.

It’s sad that pasta always get the blame for excess baggage when we pull out our warm weather clothes and realize they fit a little too tight.

After all, if you visit Italy one of the most startling realizations is just how fit and trim Italians are, as a whole. They eat their pasta, bread, sausages, and cheese regularly. They just don’t overdo it! (Plus, they walk everywhere.)

We don’t have to view pasta as the enemy in the spring and summer. We just need to make our pasta dishes fresh and healthy… Then not eat massive plates full.

Healthy Pasta Primavera Recipe

A Healthier Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe

Today’s Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe is a twist on a classic Italian-inspired recipe, with loads of fresh seasonal vegetables, a mindful cream sauce, and healthy-fied pasta.

While the traditional version typically includes a heavier parmesan-based sauce, we’ve used low-fat cream cheese to achieve that same tangy, creamy goodness that you love for our lighter pasta primavera.

This Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe has not only less fat and calories than traditional pasta primavera, it also offers vitamins and nutrients from all sorts of colorful fresh vegetables.

It is a vegetarian pasta dish that is both refreshing and rich, and is perfect to enjoy on a warm evening for an easy dinner or as a satisfying lunch.

And BONUS: it’s super quick to make and is a perfect one-pot wonder!

The Perfect "Skinny" Pasta Primavera Recipe

What Ingredients You Need

We love using the freshest seasonal produce available in this easy Skinny Pasta Primavera recipe. We have included our favorites for the dish, but feel free to leave out or substitute any of the veggies you like.

Here is all that you need:

  • Fusilli pasta
  • Red bell pepper
  • Snow peas
  • Broccoli florets
  • Carrots
  • Cream cheese
  • Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

I used organic whole grain pasta, but you can use any type of pasta you like, even gluten-free and high protein varieties made with legumes.

To make this an even lighter, healthier Pasta Primavera recipe, use low fat or nonfat cream cheese for the sauce.

How to Make Pasta Primavera

How to Make Easy Vegetarian Pasta Primavera

Our Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe is a low-fat and vegetarian dish you can feel good about serving your family. It is fresh, vibrant, and bursting with cozy appeal!

Your kids will gobble it down as if it were made with heavy Alfredo sauce!

Here’s how to make the BEST Healthy Pasta Primavera in less than 30 minutes:

1. Start by boiling the pasta according to the package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, go ahead and prep all of the veggies.

2. When the pasta is almost cooked to al dente, drop bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, and broccoli florets into the boiling water to blanch for one minute.

one pot wonder pasta with vegetables

You don’t want the veggies to cook through, just to soften and brighten in color.

3. Drain the pasta and veggies in a colander, making sure to reserve 2 cups of the water. Rinse the drained vegetables and pasta with cold water, and set aside.

4. Then, using the same pot for cooking, make a quick creamy sauce using reserved pasta water, garlic, and cream cheese.

One Pot Pasta with Veggies

5. Lastly, toss the pasta and sauce together with fresh scallions, raw zucchini slices, thyme, and grated parmesan cheese if you like.

Ta-da! Healthy never looked so good!

You can serve this dish warm or at room temperature.

Leftovers are fantastic for up to 4 days kept in an airtight container in the fridge, and can be reheated or enjoyed cold.

Get the Complete (Printable) Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Healthier Pasta Primavera with Low Fat Sauce and Veggies

Can I Make this a Gluten-Free Pasta Primavera Recipe?

Absolutely. Substitute whole-grain fusilli with your favorite gluten-free or low-carb pasta.

What Other Types of Pasta Can I Use?

While we recommend fusilli, you can use just about any hearty, medium-sized pasta for this recipe. Some similar shapes include rotini, penne, or elbow macaroni.

fresh spring pasta primavera with low fat sauce and veggies

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Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Skinny Pasta Primavera - This healthy pasta primavera recipe is loaded with fresh veggies and features a lighter cream sauce, but tastes just as rich and decadent as the original!
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound dried whole grain fusilli pasta, can sub gluten-free or high-protein pasta
  • 1 cup red bell pepper cut into small segments
  • 1 cup snow peas, halved
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 cups reserved pasta water
  • 4 ounce cream cheese low-fat or nonfat
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini, halved
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • grated parmesan for garnish


  • Place a large stock pot of water over high heat. As the water begins to boil, add a tablespoon of salt. Stir in the pasta and cook according to package instructions. When the pasta is almost al dente, drop the red peppers, snow peas, broccoli, and carrots into the boiling water to blanche for one minute. Then drain the pasta and veggies in a colander, reserving 2 cups of pasta water. Set the pasta water aside and rinse the pasta and veggies with cold water.
  • Using the same pot, place the pasta water, cream cheese, and garlic over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk to create a thin smooth cream sauce.  Once the sauce is completely smooth, add the pasta and blanched vegetables back to the pot. Stir well to coat the pasta.
  • Toss in the chopped scallions, raw zucchini slices, and thyme. Stir to incorporate. Taste, then season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 241kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 356mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 3640IU, Vitamin C: 48.5mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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15 comments on “Skinny Pasta Primavera Recipe”

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  4. This is an outstanding pasta primavera and it looks soo good & sound too delicious as well……! I will trying to make it tonight dinner…Thanks for sharing….!

  5. Today I made this delicious pasta primavera while meal prepping for the busy week ahead! This is the perfect cool-weather recipe for lunch or dinner.

  6. What a bright and delicious summer dish! Will totally make it again.

  7. This is one of my family’s favorite pasta recipes! I come back to time and again and is a staple in our house. Thank you SO much for the beyond delicious recipe!!!

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  14. Love all those veggies you snuck in there!

  15. Love this fresh spring/summer pasta!