Vegan Pasta Primavera – Connoisseurus Veg

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Tender pasta and veggies are drenched in garlicky white wine sauce to make this incredibly flavor-packed vegan pasta Primavera. The best part: it all comes together in about 30 minutes.

White wooden surface set with skillet, napkin and bowl of Vegan Pasta Primavera.

It’s officially March, which means it’s unofficially spring. We’ve got a few weeks to go before the actual equinox, but it’s starting to warm up and there’s actually a little purple flower blooming in my front yard.

As you may know if you’re a regular reader around these parts, I’m not one for getting psyched up about the warmer days to come. Give me sweaters and cozy fires.

But…you can also give me veggies. And I have to admit that I do get a twinge of excitement when the produce aisle starts getting a little greener this time of year. And hey, it’s still cool enough for sweaters. Sweater weather + spring veggies is the perfect excuse to cook up cozy veggie-packed pasta dishes.

Enter this vegan pasta Primavera.

I’ll be frank: pasta Primavera was never a favorite of mine. It can be kind of boring. You know? I can’t be the only one that’s gotten stuck with a bland plate of noodles and mushy veggies as the vegan entrée at just about every wedding I’ve ever attended. This pasta Primavera is different.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Dried pasta. I’m using dried penne pasta, but the recipe will work just fine with other pasta shapes.
  • Fresh asparagus. Pro tip: Make sure to trim the woody ends from your asparagus. To do this, grab the base in one hand, and grab the stalk in the middle with your other hand. Bend until the end snaps off. It will always break in just the right place.
  • Fresh broccoli.
  • Olive oil. Other high-heat oils will work just fine, but you’ll get the best flavor with olive.
  • Onion.
  • Carrots.
  • Garlic.
  • White wine. Not all white wine is vegan. Check with Barnivore to ensure that the brand you buy is.
  • Light coconut milk. Full-fat coconut milk works too! You can substitute another non-dairy milk if you absolutely can’t stand the taste of coconut (even though it will be subtle in this dish).
  • Lemon juice. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice to give your sauce the best flavor.
  • Zucchini.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes. I used dry (bagged) sun-dried tomatoes, but you can use marinated ones if you prefer.
  • Frozen peas.
  • Fresh basil.
  • Fresh parsley.
  • Lemon zest.
  • Red pepper flakes. These are optional, but great for adding a little kick to your pasta.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese. I like to use my homemade vegan Parmesan cheese, but store-bought also works.

Tip: Feel free to switch things up and use your favorite veggies. Broccoli or cauliflower would be great in place of the asparagus. Summer squash could easily replace the zucchini. And parsnips could stand in for carrots.

How It’s Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

Boil your pasta according to the package directions, but set the timer for two minutes less than the time specified for al dente pasta. Add fresh broccoli florets and chopped asparagus to the water and boil it with your pasta for the last two minutes.

Colander filled with cooked penne pasta, broccoli florets, and chopped asparagus.

Drain everything together. I like to try and time it so that my pasta is done around the same time as the sauce and the rest of the veggies, but don’t sweat it!

Tip: Two minutes of boiling will give you tender-crisp broccoli and asparagus. If you like your veggies softer, boil them a bit longer.

Carrots, onions, and garlic cooking in a skillet.

While the pasta cooks, heat some oil in a large skillet or pot and add diced onion and carrot. Sweat the veggies until they soften, then add minced garlic and cook it with the veggies briefly.

Carrots, onions and garlic simmering in white wine.

Add wine to the skillet and let it simmer for a few minutes — just long enough for the alcohol to cook off. You can skip right past this step if you prefer to cook without alcohol.

Tip: Make sure you’re using a big cooking vessel! I’m working with a 12-inch skillet and it was a tight squeeze by the time I added everything! If in doubt, use a pot.

Vegetables simmering in coconut milk sauce in a skillet.

Stir in the coconut milk, lemon juice, some salt, zucchini, and sun-dried tomatoes. Simmer the mixture for a few minutes, until the zucchini is tender but not mushy.

Vegan Pasta Primavera cooking in a skillet.

Add your cooked pasta to the skillet, along with the broccoli, asparagus, and peas. Stir everything up to coat the pasta and vegetables with sauce and cook everything briefly to reheat the pasta.

Skillet of Vegan Pasta Primavera with a wooden spoon on the side.

Take the skillet off of heat and stir in chopped basil, parsley, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes if you’re using them. Also season your pasta with additional salt and black pepper to taste.

Bowl of Vegan Pasta Primavera with skillet and wooden spoon in the background.

Serve your vegan pasta primavera with a sprinkling of vegan Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover vegan pasta Primavera will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Add a splash of water when reheating if the pasta has dried out.

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Bowl of Vegan Pasta Primavera garnished with basil leaves.

Vegan Pasta Primavera

Tender pasta and veggies are drenched in garlicky white wine sauce to make this incredibly flavor-packed vegan pasta Primavera. The best part: it all comes together in about 30 minutes.


  • 8
    dried penne pasta
    (or your favorite pasta shape)
  • 8
    asparagus spears,
    trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1
    small broccoli crown,
    broken into florets (about 2 cups)
  • 2
    olive oil,
    plus a dash more, for tossing the pasta if needed
  • 1
    medium onion,
  • 2
    medium carrots,
  • 3
    garlic cloves,
  • ½
    dry white wine
  • ½
    light coconut milk
  • 2
    lemon juice
  • 1
    plus more to taste
  • 1
    small zucchini,
    quartered and sliced
  • 1
    julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1
    frozen peas,
  • ½
    fresh basil,
  • ½
    fresh parsley,
  • 1
    lemon zest
  • Crushed red pepper flakes,
    to taste (optional)
  • Black pepper,
    to taste
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese,
    for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta. Refer to the package directions and set the timer for 2 minutes less than the time specified for al dente pasta.

  2. Add the asparagus and broccoli when the timer goes off. Cook everything for 2 minutes more, until the pasta is tender and the veggies are bright green, then drain it all into a colander.

  3. While the pasta cooks, coat the bottom of a large pot or skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and carrot. Sweat the vegetables for about 8 minutes, until the carrot begins to soften.

  4. Add the garlic and cook it with the onion and carrots for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, until it becomes very fragrant.

  5. Stir in the wine, bring it to a simmer, and let it cook for about 4 minutes, until reduced by about half.

  6. Stir in the coconut milk, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt, zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini softens.

  7. Stir in the cooked pasta, broccoli, asparagus, and peas. Toss everything a few times to distribute the veggies, then remove the skillet from heat.

  8. Stir in the basil, parsley, and lemon zest then season the dish with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

  9. Divide onto plates and serve with vegan Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

  1. Nutrition information does not include vegan Parmesan cheese.
  2. This recipe makes 4 generous servings. You could get up to 6 smaller servings out of it.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Pasta Primavera

Amount Per Serving

Calories 404
Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 1.7g9%

Sodium 668mg28%

Potassium 759mg22%

Carbohydrates 64.4g21%

Fiber 9g36%

Sugar 10.3g11%

Protein 13.8g28%

Calcium 105mg11%

Iron 5mg28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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