Warm Spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing

It’s my turn to host Pasta Please, excitingly, and in a fit of optimism I picked the theme of Springtime for this month’s event. On the day I decided, the sun was shining, the temperature was definitely climbing, birds were singing, flowers were blooming…

Well, that lasted all of five minutes, but the theme remains, and even though it’s still cold and windy, I suppose I have a spring in my step at least. To be fair, the weather hasn’t completely returned to grim wintery freeze. I suppose it’s best described as ‘changeable’. And a change is as good as a rest, right?

But I digress. Having chosen Springtime as my theme, I set about creating a Springtime pasta dish. Of course, the classic Pasta Primavera is about a Springy as it gets, what with its name meaning ‘Spring pasta’ and all. It’s basically a dish of pasta and crisply cooked vegetables, and according to Wikipedia, “Pasta primavera is usually highlighted by light flavors, aromatic herbs and bright colors.” 

And with that, we were away.

I steamed a selection of bright, fresh, spring vegetables over the pan of cooking pasta, and whizzed up a fresh and zesty herb dressing to drizzle over the top. If I’m honest, I had also intended to dollop some blobs of ricotta on the dish too, but unbelievably, none of the shops I went to had any. Maybe everyone else had had the same idea. In any case, it was completely delicious without the cheese, and has the advantage of being vegan. Hurrah.

Kipper was in full on meltdown by the time this reached the table, as DH had politely requested that she put down her book and come and eat some dinner. It must have been a really good book. It was lucky that I had planned to serve this warm, rather than hot, because by the time she’d had a cuddle and calmed down it was actually approaching tepid. Sigh. Still, good to know that a steamed asparagus spear can turn a stroppy pre-schooler back into a human being. Phew.

We eat TONS of vegetables in this house, so this was easily polished off by the three of us, but this amount of veggies would probably serve 4 normal-vegetable-eating people 🙂

Warm Spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing


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Warm spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing
Serves 3
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
257 calories
30 g
0 g
14 g
6 g
2 g
211 g
47 g
5 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257
Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 47mg
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 100g baby carrots
  2. 80g baby brussels sprouts
  3. 1 medium leek
  4. 100g fine asparagus spears
  5. 80g broccoli florets
  6. 150-200g pasta
For the dressing
  1. Zest and juice of half a lemon
  2. Generous handful of basil leaves
  3. 2-3 sprigs of mint
  4. 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  1. Scrub and trim the carrots. Trim and halve the sprouts. Trim, clean & slice the leek into 6-7mm slices. Rinse the asparagus and broccoli. Place all the vegetables in a large steamer basket.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions. Place the steamer of vegetables over the pan for the last five minutes of cooking.
  3. To make the dressing, use a hand blender or mini-chopper to whizz all the ingredients into an emulsified liquid.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and divide between plates. Top with the vegetables and drizzle over the dressing. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.
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Warm Spring vegetable pasta with lemon-herb dressing

As I mentioned, this is my recipe for March’s Pasta Please, which is hosted by me and organised by Jac at Tinned Tomatoes. Please do add your recipes to the linky! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s tasty ideas 🙂

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  3. Yummy, this looks delicious! And it was pretty spring like this weekend!

  4. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    How tasty! I bet my family would love this too, though perhaps we wouldn’t manage to eat that much veg between us. The dressing sounds very good, going to try this soon!

  5. This sounds really delicious. I am loving the simple dressing too.

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