The 7 Best Pasta Recipes That Taste Like Spring Feels

23 Spring Pasta Recipes

The 7 Best Pasta Recipes That Taste Like Spring Feels

Pasta makes an ideal partner for the lightest, most delicately flavored veggies of the year. These dishes showcase fresh, vibrant items snappy green peas, earthy asparagus, peppery radishes, sweet spring onions, and nutty fava beans. The job of the noodles is to make them a substantial, but never heavy, meal.

It's also fitting to celebrate the season's produce bounty with pasta that's just as varied: tidy farfalle bow ties and fluted garganelli tubes; long, hollow bucatini noodles and broad, elegant pappardelle ribbons.

We chose dried pastas, rather than fresh—they're pantry-friendly and offer a more satisfying chew when cooked al dente.

View Recipe: Pasta with Pea Puree

We swap traditional red sauce for this light spring pasta, which delivers fresh flavor thanks to green peas, Parmesan, and fresh mint.

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View Recipe: Pretty “Parslied” Spaghetti

Leftover flat-leaf parsley is ly lurking in your crisper. This unassuming herb has a bright, grassy personality that, combined with cheese, garlic, and good olive oil, makes this dish sing. Try embellishing with lemon zest, toasted nuts, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, or even sardines.

View Recipe: Pasta with Shrimp in Tomato Cream

Feel free to add your own touches—such as swapping in whole-grain pasta for a nutrition boost or trying goat cheese in place of feta—to make this dish personal for your preferences.

If you don't have dry vermouth on hand, you can substitute dry sherry or a dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc or unoaked Chardonnay).

Or you could skip the alcohol altogether and use more chicken stock instead; stir in a teaspoon or two of white wine vinegar to balance the flavors with a little acidity.

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Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

View Recipe: Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Pesto tends to go army green if made ahead. We blanch the spinach and basil to preserve color without diluting flavor. Fresh tomato adds moisture and a mild acidity to the sauce.

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

View Recipe: Tortellini, Chicken, and Arugula Salad

Quality meets convenience in this speedy springtime main. This salad fits right into your weekday lineup with minimal effort and maximum flavor. Prewashed greens let you grab a handful and go.

Build a salad, wilt into sautés, or blend into a pesto. Look to Buitoni pasta packs for quick meals on their own or to help you elevate salads and soups.

Rotisserie chicken is one of your best supermarket allies for fast and fresh weeknight meals.

View Recipe: Herby Pea and Lemon Pasta Salad

This verdant pasta salad signals a fantastic start to spring with a shower of fresh herbs. Mini shell pasta and peas are a perfect pair—the pasta serves as a kind of catcher's mitt for the sweet, bright green peas. You could also use orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta that serves the same purpose.

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View Recipe: Kritharoto (Orzo Pasta) with Peas, Lemon, and Feta

Chervil is a much-loved herb in Greece, where it's called myronia. If unavailable, substitute 7 tablespoons fresh parsley plus 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon. You can also sub 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper for Maras. Serves 6 as a main course or 12 as a meze.

View Recipe: Chicken Stroganoff

If stroganoff could restore its Russian creators 200 years ago, this chicken version will restore you on any weeknight.

View Recipe: Spaghetti with Spinach-Avocado Sauce

Move over, pesto: You're not the only sauce worth going green for. Pureed avocado makes this dish positively irresistible. Garnish with extra basil leaves, if desired.

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Photo: Christopher Testani

View Recipe: Charred Lemon Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Shrimp

Juice from charred lemons cuts the density of fat in a silky sauce this, keeping its richness in check.

View Recipe: Cauliflower Alfredo

Cooked cauliflower becomes creamy and luscious when pureed with stock and garlic. It's a simple way to healthier fettuccine Alfredo.

View Recipe: Creamy Asparagus and Pancetta Penne

Fresh spears of asparagus, pancetta, and cremini mushrooms are tossed in a light white sauce. Lemon rind adds a welcomed extra punch of flavor.

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View Recipe: Caramelized Cabbage With Whole-Wheat Penne and Provolone

This pasta toss is inspired by a similar dish at Franny's restaurant in Brooklyn. The cabbage caramelizes in the pan and becomes just tender enough to bind with the pasta without losing its toothsomeness. Fresh red chile is a must for a pop of color and heat—don't skip it.

View Recipe: Spaghetti with Pistachio-Mint Pesto and Spinach

Pistachios lend deep, earthy flavors to this pasta dish that is ideal for potlucks and feeding large crowds.

Recipes: Rori Trovato, Photo: Francesco Tonelli

Spring onions are those that have been harvested early—they look scallions with large white bulbs. If they're unavailable, use Vidalia onions. Rotini (corkscrew pasta) will work in place of fusilli.

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Recipes: Rori Trovato, Photo: Francesco Tonelli

Use frozen, thawed green peas if fresh are unavailable. Linguine can substitute for bucatini, which is a thick, spaghetti- pasta with a hollow center.

Recipes: Rori Trovato, Photo: Francesco Tonelli

Lemony dressing and fresh mint add vibrant flavor to this pasta salad. Serve chilled or at room temperature, and garnish with pretty mint leaves, if desired.

Recipes: Rori Trovato, Photo: Francesco Tonelli

Fettuccine will also work if you can't find pappardelle. Have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go before beginning to cook—the pasta needs to be hot when mixed with the other ingredients to create a creamy consistency.

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Recipes: Rori Trovato, Photo: Francesco Tonelli

Pasta laced with rich, salty cheese puts springtime's bright green jewels on full display. Substitute penne if garganelli is unavailable.

Recipes: Rori Trovato, Photo: Francesco Tonelli

You can also use shiitake mushrooms and edamame, good year-round alternatives to morels and fava beans. Seek out the freshest produce you can find. The success of simple dishes depends on the quality of their ingredients.

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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

A few of spring's finest ingredients star in this light and satisfying pasta. Serve with a leafy salad for a a well-rounded meal.

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Hand-shaped pasta is complemented by fresh spring morels, fresh herbs, and truffle oil. It makes for one decidely rustic, yet divine, springtime meal. This pasta toss comes together in a snap on busy weeknights. Complement it with a glass of white wine, such as sauvignon blanc, or rosé such as the recommended variety on the next slide. Top off the dish with a garlic-Parmesan breadstick and you will have a winning springtime meal.

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Source: https://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/spring-pasta-recipes

20 Light and Delicious Pasta Recipes for Spring

The 7 Best Pasta Recipes That Taste Like Spring Feels

Littlechef

This colorful pasta includes red bell pepper, mushrooms, and fresh basil. “You can swap out ingredients and change measurements to your liking,” recipe creator Littlechef writes.

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Buckwheat Queen

“Roasting the veggies in the oven makes all the difference,” recipe creator caterwauler says. Toasted pine nuts add a satisfying crunch.

“Yum, yum, and more yum,” says reviewer France C. “Simple and delicious. The cooking times are spot on. I d that the asparagus were still a bit crisp. The lemon really makes the recipe, so don't skimp!”

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“Kids absolutely loved this,” Eddy Glover says. Don't let the silky sauce fool you. It's made from cauliflower, garlic, veggie broth, and Parmesan. No heavy cream here.

CTom

This vegetarian recipe gets its flavor from pine nuts, spinach, tomatoes, lemons, and grated Parmesan. Enriched thin spaghetti adds protein.

Buckwheat Queen

“Che buoni! I had to use gluten free penne. Regardless of the pasta shape, this pesto is simple and delicious. I added some extra zucchini wheels at the end, for extra nutrition and fun.” — Buckwheat Queen

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Allrecipes Magazine

Ready in just 25 minutes, this easy pasta dish features cannellini beans for protein and two kinds of good-for-you vegetables. “Picky kids loved this,” said nycmom.

abapplez

Allrecipes member Jean Tagliere calls this “a quick light meal. Wilted spinach, bacon and tomatoes are tossed with penne pasta. Good for any season and will complement anything.” “I knew this recipe was a winner when my husband exclaimed, 'Wow! This tastes restaurant food!'” raves Allrecipes member treycamey. “It tastes very good the next day, stays moist, and reheats well.”

Kim's Cooking Now

Recipe creator Buckwheat Queen received this recipe from a Sicilian friend. Though Cima di Rapa is a popular winter dish in Italy, spring's abundance of in-season broccoli rabe should be reason enough to cook it now. 

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Allrecipes Magazine

Ribbons of pappardelle taste even more delicious with fresh spinach, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and red bell pepper. Simmering the dish in tomato sauce, herbes de Provence, and dry red wine add the flavors of a true ratatouille.

MidwestMom

You can't go wrong with simple Pasta Pomodoro. “I have made this recipe many times. I use fresh tomatoes and add red wine. I also use lots of fresh grated Romano,” Dawn Fronius says.

Deb Berger

Snap peas, asparagus, and zucchini play starring roles in this nod to warmer months from Chef John. “This is one of the year's great seasonal recipes; it looks, smells, and tastes a cool, sunny spring day,” he notes.

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mommyluvs2cook

This take on pasta primavera calls for yellow squash, zucchini, carrot, red bell peppers, grape tomatoes, green beans, and asparagus. Reviewers rave that it also tastes excellent with additions broccoli, cauliflower, peas, mushrooms, and spinach.

CookinBug

“A light but super-tasty pasta dish with fresh asparagus cooked in broth, sauteed garlic, and seasoned chicken,” writes Allrecipes member LAUREL B of her popular recipe.

Rita

“This is one of my go-to recipes for a quick, healthy midweek meal, though it's good enough for guests, too,” recipe creator Rita says. Garlic packs a punch of flavor, while nutritional yeast gives this vegan dish a subtle cheesy flavor. 

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KBksu31

Mint brings a vibrant spring flavor to this vegetarian dish. Though the recipe calls for fusilli, you can make it with farfalle (as pictured) and other types of pasta. 

fabeverydayblog

Pesto, peas, and fresh parsley liven up linguine. Though this dish looks impressive, cooking it in the Instant Pot couldn't be easier.

naples34102

Angel hair pasta, bright lemon, fresh parsley, and a little spice make this dish lighter for the season. “Loved it!” raves Allrecipes member kjpatter. “I my food a little spicy, so I added more red pepper and salt. Easy and delicious. Try it, you won't regret it!”

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This light take on pasta with Alfredo features in-season sugar snap peas, zucchini, and yellow squash. “This could be a meal with pieces of cooked chicken,” reviewer thedailygourmet writes.

barbara

“Light, fresh, delicious! I love the peppery flavor of arugula,” home cook Saveur writes.

Source: https://www.allrecipes.com/gallery/spring-pasta-recipes/