Healthy pasta primavera on a plate

Healthy pasta primavera

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

A healthy spaghetti dish full of broad beans, leeks and asparagus tips. Make the most of spring greens with this vibrant, filling pasta recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal476
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs74g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre9g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 75g young broad beans (use frozen if you can't get fresh)
  • 2 x 100g pack asparagus tips



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 170g peas (use frozen if you can't get fresh)



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 350g spaghetti or tagliatelle
  • 175g pack baby leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200ml tub fromage frais or creme fraiche
  • handful fresh chopped herbs (we used mint, parsley and chives)
  • parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), shaved, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and put a steamer (or colander) over the water. Steam the beans, asparagus and peas until just tender, then set aside. Boil the pasta following pack instructions.

  2. Meanwhile, fry the leeks gently in the oil and butter for 5 mins or until soft. Add the fromage frais to the leeks and very gently warm through, stirring constantly to ensure it doesn’t split. Add the herbs and steamed vegetables with a splash of pasta water to loosen.

  3. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce. Adjust the seasoning, then serve scattered with the cheese and drizzled with a little extra olive oil.

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10th May, 2020
Sorry, but I thought it was very bland. It needs an extra dimension.
2nd May, 2020
This was really nice! I also fried garlic and stirred in some pesto at the end for extra flavour.
7th Apr, 2020
Great spring pasta dish, made it twice already!
22nd Jun, 2019
Lovely summer evening meal - thought it might be a bit boring but was amazed at how refreshing and tasty it was!
25th Jun, 2018
Simple and delicious veggie day dish. I used a mix of lactose free cream and lactose free cream cheese and it was perfect!
7th Jun, 2017
Great recipe! We used sour cream instead of creme fraiche which worked well, and added some chopped garlic. If you can't find baby leek, spring onion is a good alternative (better than standard leek during spring/summer).
5th Jun, 2017
A good primavera is hard to beat, but I always add a good squeeze of lemon.
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4th Mar, 2019
Was very tasty. I used spaghetti. Lacto free cream. I added sea salt to my spaghetti when cooked and in the sauce i added garlic granules dill chilli flakes mixed herbs extra salt and pepper. Was really lovely. Felt like i was dining in a posh resturant.
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