Pasta primavera translates to "spring pasta," but is perfect just about any time of year. It's a celebration of fresh vegetables in a light, creamy Parmesan sauce. We use cavatappi, which is a tubular (totally, dude!) pasta shaped like a corkscrew. It's ideal for holding onto this sauce and tossing with asparagus, zucchini, and artichoke hearts. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call Home Chef!
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Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Halve grape tomatoes. Trim woody ends off asparagus and cut into 1” lengths on an angle. Trim zucchini ends, halve lengthwise, and cut into ½” half-moons. Drain artichokes. Keep croutons in shipping bag and break into coarse breadcrumbs.
Sear the Vegetables
Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and zucchini pieces to hot pan and cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes, or until slightly charred and just tender. Add grape tomatoes and artichokes and cook 2 more minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl and wipe pan clean.
Cook the Pasta
Add cavatappi to boiling water and cook 11-12 minutes, or until al dente. Drain in colander, return to pot, and toss with 2 tsp. olive oil. Set aside.
Make the Sauce
Return large pan to medium heat. Add evaporated milk to hot pan and bring to a simmer. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, or until slightly thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs (reserve a pinch for garnish). Cook 2-3 more minutes, or until sauce is thick enough to coat back of a spoon. Remove pan from burner and swirl in butter. Season with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Both breadcrumbs and Parmesan will help thicken sauce.
Toss the Pasta
Add cooked cavatappi and vegetables to pan with sauce. Toss to coat, taste, and season with ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
Plate the Dish
Place a serving of pasta in a dish and top with reserved breadcrumbs. Garnish with goat cheese crumbles.
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