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Asparagus Pesto Primavera

I wanted to go for something a little different compared to your basic Pasta Primavera, so this Asparagus Pesto Primavera pasta is tossed in a creamy pesto sauce and the veggies are sauteed for a little more of that carmelized flavor. You could throw in any veggies that you prefer, but these were the ones that I had on hand, and we happened to really love the flavors all together. In fact, the hubby said,

“Loved that pasta!” Before I even had a chance to ask. So, you know it turned out well.

Did you know that pasta primavera, while it sounds like an original “Italian” dish, actually originates from Nova Scotia (or New York depending on which story you’ve heard”. It’s funny because I just figured it sounds Italian and I know Italians love fresh ingredients so therefore, Italian! I think this is so true with every type of food. Ask a few Latin American’s if they grew up on “Cafe Rio” or “Taco Bell” food, same with Asians, etc.
In fact, when served actual Chinese, many people don’t really like it at all even though they eat at the good ol’ China Buffet once a month. (Which I personally do not understand, just sayin’)

So, this recipe is another creation using a Knorr product. We loved it. It worked perfectly and the best part? The sauce took a total of 3 minutes to cook! AWESOME! I did add a little butter in place of some of the olive oil and a little lemon just to brighten everything up.

Anyway, here’s the recipe… enjoy!

Is Asparagus a Weed?

Asparagus shoots are used as a vegetable and are available in the early spring.

Asparagus does grow wild in some areas of the world.

Is Asparagus Good For You?

Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K.

How Long Will Pesto Keep?

Pesto purchased in a store will last for 7-14 days in the refrigerator.

You can store homemade pest in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Asparagus Pesto Primavera

Asparagus Pesto Primavera

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 1 Packet Pesto Sauce Knorr Creamy, found by all of the seasoning packets like McCormick etc
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup Skim Milk you can use whatever, but I'm adding butter and preferred to use Skim
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 /2 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice Fresh
  • 1/2 Cup Asparagus Spears cut in 1" pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Bella Mushrooms
  • 1/3 Cup Peas
  • 1 Tomato Beefsteak, Chopped
  • Salt And Pepper to taste
  • 8-10 oz Pasta Campanelli


  • Start your pasta water (salted please) and 2 sautee pans.
  • In each pan add a little olive oil and butter over medium-high heat (about 1-2 teaspoons each)
  • Add the mushrooms into one pan and the asparagus into the other pan.
  • Begin to sautee the mushrooms and asparagus until they begin to turn tender and are browning slightly.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the tomatoes in with the mushrooms, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  • Also turn down the asparagus, but you don't need to add the peas yet.
  • Sautee the mushrooms and tomatoes for about 5 minutes or until tender and browned. The last two minutes of cooking add your peas with the asparagus and cook lightly.
  • Meanwhile, once the pasta water begins to boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  • When everything is almost done cooking, heat a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the milk, oil, butter and Knorr Creamy Pesto Packet.
  • Whisk together until all ingredients are well combined and then allow to cook for 2 1/2-3 minutes or until thick.
  • Whisk in the lemon zest and juice and cook on simmer for an additional minute.
  • Once everything is cooked toss all ingredients in a large bowl and add a little paremsan cheese on top.
  • Enjoy!


*I am partnered up with Knorr for recipe development, but the recipes and opinions are my own
Nutrition Facts
Asparagus Pesto Primavera
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 517IU10%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • You can't beat a 3 minute sauce!! Sounds delicious!

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