The red pepper and the asparagus in this pasta primavera recipe go great together for a crispy, tasty “Pasta of the Spring” (that's what primavera means).
Pasta Primavera is also very flexible; you can add any type of vegetable you like. To stay classic, crisp, fresh vegetables will give you the best results for this delicious recipe.
Creamy Pasta Primavera
3 cups penne pasta, uncooked
2 Tablespoons Italian Dressing
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 zucchini, cut into chunks
1-1/2 cups cut-up fresh asparagus (1-inch lengths)
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
2. Meanwhile, heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat.
3. Add chicken and vegetables; cook 10 to 12 min. or until chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently.
4. Add broth and cream cheese; cook 1 min. or until cheese is melted, stirring constantly.
5. Add Parmesan cheese; mix well.
6. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add chicken and vegetable mixture; toss lightly.
7. Cook 1 min. or until heated through. (Sauce will thicken upon standing.)
Can I Make This Recipe With My Kids?
It's a great thing to cook with your kids. Not only will you make great memories together, but you will teach them valuable life skills that they'll need in the future. If you're wondering whether or not you can make this recipe with your kids, the answer is yes!
One of the things you can have your kids do with this recipe is gather all of the ingredients together before you start cooking. During cooking, have them take turns stirring. Handle the draining of the pasta yourself; it's best to not let kids handle hot items.
Remember to go over kitchen safety with your kids before letting them cook with you. Teach them how to act around hot and sharp objects. Safety should always come first. The last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room for a burn or a cut!
This is a fun recipe to make with kids, and a great opportunity to teach them some basic cooking skills. Give yourself some extra time to make this so you aren't rushed. A rushed cooking process won't be fun for anyone involved.