One Pot Pasta Primavera

Contributor: Lauren Keating

Pasta Primavera is an easy way to get veggies into dinnertime. This tasty one pot pasta dish is cooked in a light cream sauce and perfect for springtime dinners.

  • Author: Lauren Keating
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup cubed chicken breast, approx. ½ lb.*
  • 1 and ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12 oz. dried bowtie pasta
  • 2 cups raw broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Additional Parmesan, for garnish


  1. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through. Transfer it to a plate.
  2. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot. Add the onion, bell pepper, and zucchini. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the garlic and Italian seasoning. Cook 30 seconds. Remove the vegetables from the pot.
  4. Add stock, cream, diced tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Heat to a simmer, stirring frequently, and then immediately add the pasta and broccoli.
  5. Reduce the temperature to keep it at a low simmer, stirring often, until the pasta is cooked, 13-15 minutes. If the pasta has soaked up a lot of the liquid and seems dry, add an extra 1/2 cup of stock.
  6. Once the pasta is cooked, return the chicken and vegetables to the pan. Heat through. Add the cheese and stir until it melts.
  7. Garnish with lemon zest and additional Parmesan.


*Leave out the chicken or substitute 1 cup of cannellini beans to make it vegetarian.