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Lighter Pasta Primavera with Shrimp

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Let me just start out by saying that I am absolutely excited that it’s finally spring here in the city. Daylight savings has really been doing wonders for my mood: it doesn’t get dark until 7 at night, and I feel like I’m full of so much more energy. I’m accomplishing more, and landing more and more work from the blog than ever. Spring is such a refreshing, beautiful season.

In line with all things spring and beauty, I decided it was time to inject a little more colour into my cooking. Say hello to this brilliant and vivacious Spring Pasta Primavera, made with a lighter, healthier cream sauce and some lemon zest!

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I have totally steered away from seafood as of late. I have no good explanation other than the fact that I have been creating a lot of meatless meals to save money (you can’t go wrong with chickpeas!), and I’ve been eating a lot of chicken. A sale at the grocery store later, and I’m back on the shrimp bandwagon!

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I think you need a little close up to fully appreciate the deliciousness that is this pasta…

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The trick to the sauce is using a generous helping of parmesan cheese, and staying away from too much butter or heavy cream. Instead, 2% milk mixed with a bit of flour creates a nice thick sauce, and the lemon really uplifts the flavour alongside the garlic and chili flakes. You can really use any veggies you want, but I think the broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes pair perfectly with each other, and of course you need peas to complete any primavera recipe!

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Guaranteed whoever you serve this to will be gobbling it down in about 30 seconds – good thing it only takes 30 minutes to make. Here you’ve got the perfect after-work meal for a Friday: quick, easy, delicious, and you most likely have some of the ingredients kicking around in your pantry or freezer. Time to dig out that pound of shrimp you bought on sale two months ago but never got around to using!

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Will you be trying these Lighter Pasta Primavera Bowls? If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know on InstagramTwitter or Facebook – I’d love to hear from you!

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Lighter Pasta Primavera with Shrimp Yum
This Lighter Pasta Primavera is filled with shrimp, broccoli, sundried tomatoes and peas for a delicious, easy pasta dinner ready in 30 minutes!
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Course Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
-6 servings
Ingredients
Course Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
-6 servings
Ingredients
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot of boiling water on high heat. When boiling, cook spaghetti for about 8 minutes until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, defrost and peel shrimp and prepare veggies. In a large pan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions and sauté for 30 seconds. Add shrimp, broccoli, lemon zest, salt, pepper and red chili flakes, cooking for 2-3 minutes until shrimp starts to grow pink.
  3. Add flour, milk and cheese, whisking to get rid of lumps.
  4. Add sundried tomatoes and peas, cooking for another 3-4 minutes until sauce starts to thicken.
  5. Add pasta and a little bit of reserved pasta water, then cook on high for 2-3 minutes, tossing until well mixed.
  6. Serve hot alongside a light white wine!

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Diana L.
    March 18, 2016 at 11:22

    Well that was easy. Friday night dinner already on a plate. My shopping list is made, off to the store I go.
    I LOVE pasta primavera…. LOVE it.

    You’re photos are stunning BTW, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 20, 2016 at 10:42

      Thank you so much Diana, that really means alot! I’m so happy I was able to help with Friday night dinner!!! 😀

  • Reply
    Hannah@OutinVancouver
    March 18, 2016 at 11:52

    I love it! It looks so healthy and just like the perfect past for spring. I don’t like eating big meals in the evening, so this is perfect!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 20, 2016 at 10:43

      Thanks Hannah!!

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    Angela Chu
    March 18, 2016 at 12:09

    I agree with you, I love when we switch our clocks to spring forward! Longer days make me happy 🙂 This pasta looks great to celebrate the coming spring and summer 🙂

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 20, 2016 at 10:42

      Thank you Angela! My thoughts exactly! I can’t wait for summer when the sun sets at 9:30 at night!

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    Karen
    March 18, 2016 at 12:54

    This looks so gorgeous, I want to DIVE right into that bowl!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 20, 2016 at 10:41

      Thank you so much Karen!!

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    Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness
    March 18, 2016 at 13:47

    Your pasta dish looks great! I’m with you, Daylight Savings definitely improves my mood too.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 20, 2016 at 10:40

      Thanks Shareba!! And I know, what a difference it makes – so looking forward to the warmer weather from here on out 🙂

  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    March 18, 2016 at 23:11

    I wish we had daylight savings here where I live, definitely would love an extra hour of sunlight. Delicious looking pasta too!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 20, 2016 at 10:38

      The only part I don’t like is the fact that it gets so dark come November!! Thanks Thalia!

  • Reply
    Lucy
    March 21, 2016 at 14:58

    This looks so yummy and perfect for spring! I especially love the sundried tomatoes.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 22, 2016 at 10:46

      Thanks Lucy! Totally agree, I’m obsessed with sundried tomatoes right now!

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    Aida Theresa
    September 28, 2016 at 17:52

    I just made this tonight! Delicious and it was easy to make!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      September 29, 2016 at 11:23

      Thanks Aida! I’m glad it turned out so well for you!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sharon
    March 10, 2017 at 20:55

    This recipe is soooooooooo good! My husband enjoyed this meal with the white wine. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 11, 2017 at 11:18

      Yay!!! I’m so glad to hear that Sharon! This recipe is one of my family’s favourites too! Coincidentally, we are going to make it again this week. Thanks for letting me how how it turned out for you 🙂

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