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Two yellow bowls filled with pasta and vegetables.

Summer Vegetable Pasta

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This quick and easy pasta recipe is perfect for busy weeknights – and uses some of your favorite spring and summer vegetables!


  • 1 pound spaghetti or fettucine (I used half of each because my pantry was running low!)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 12 oz. fresh white button or crimini mushrooms, sliced (about 4 cups of sliced mushrooms)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup english peas (fresh is good, but frozen works just as well)
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, chilled
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated, for garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to recipe or package directions in very salty water.
  2. While pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. In a large pot or high-walled saucepan (large enough to fit the cooked pasta!) heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add minced garlic and sliced onions to olive oil and cook until onions have softened, about 1 minute.
  4. Add sliced mushrooms to the pan and stir to coat with oil. Cook for about five minutes, until mushrooms have reduced and started to caramelize.
  5. Add salt, pepper, broccoli, and peas to saucepan. Cook until veggies have turned bright green, about two minutes.
  6. Add half-and-half (or cream, or milk – whatever you’ve got on hand!) to saucepan and bring to a low simmer.
  7. Add one Tbsp. of butter to the sauce at a time, stirring well and melting each pat of butter between each addition.
  8. When you’ve added all the butter to the sauce and the pasta is cooked, add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat. This isn’t a heavy sauce – it’s just enough to coat the pasta. If you want it to be heartier/saucier, increase the amounts of half-and-half and butter you use.
  9. Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Keywords: dinner, easy