Maryanne's Pasta Primavera Recipe -
Maryanne's Pasta Primavera Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Maryanne's Pasta Primavera

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"Most people hate Brussels sprouts but they are very tasty in this rich, lower-fat dish."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    55 mins


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente; drain immediately. Keep pasta warm.
  2. Meanwhile in a medium saucepan on high heat, combine the cup of water, vegetable bouillon, tarragon, red pepper and oregano. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the Brussels sprouts, green beans, potatoes, carrots and onion. Turn the stove down to medium heat and let the vegetables cook until tender.
  3. Stir the 2 tablespoons of water into the vegetable mixture and add the sour cream and the flour or cornstarch. Stir well and cook until thickened and bubbly. Serve the vegetable mixture over the warm spaghetti and top with Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 18, 2011

I kept everything the same in this dish except that I sauteed the veggies instead of boiling them and substituted the tarragon for a bunch of minced garlic. I have never loved brussel sprouts (I like all veggies but cabbage), however, my kids like them so I have been trying to learn:) I really LOVED this dish. It tasted rich and creamy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 28, 2003

No one in my family liked this recipe. I won't be making it again.


12 Ratings

Oct 29, 2008

This recipe is delicious! I did make a few adjustments, but mostly to accomoodate what I had on hand and for quantity. I had brussel sprouts that I wanted to use and changed the rest of the vegetables. I used sliced carrots and sliced red peppers. I also sauteed the brussel sprouts and carrots, since they are harder in texture in a bit of olive oil and garlic first - and then continued with the recipe, adding vegetable broth (instead of water and bouillion). I like a lot of sauce, so I increased the liquid amount to 1 1/2 cups and I think this actually results in a good generous serving for 2 - instead of 4. I didn't have tarragon - substituted sage. Also added white pepper to the liquid mix. I also had whipped cream cheese on hand instead of sour cream, so I used that. My teenaged daughter cleaned her plate and I'm enjoying the final bites of mine right now!Just had to write right away since the reviews seemed so so and this was not my experience. I think the outcome would be very similar even if you used all of the ingredients in the recipe, except for the quantity of the sauce.

Aug 13, 2010

Great recipe -- versatile and easy! I measured all the spices as indicated, used chicken broth instead of the bouillon and water (but just eyeballed the amounts), added a splash each of olive oil and white wine, used 3 good dollops of sour cream instead of measuring it out from my large container, and put a few pinches of shredded parm right into the pan at the end (instead of topping it once plated). I used the veggies I had on hand: fresh onion and carrot, frozen brussels sprouts, broccoli (maybe 1/2c each, though I didn't measure), and green beans (maybe 1/4c), and jarred roasted red peppers and artichokes (probably 2tbs each). I served it over rigatoni because that's what was in the cabinet. Delicious!

Nov 09, 2009

Changed recipe a little. Didn't have angel hair, used Rigatoni (corkscrew pasta). Used vegetable broth instead of bouillon cube & water (too salty). Used turnips instead of potatoes. No sour cream, used Greek Yogurt in place of it. Allergic to Parmesan used Guerye cheese instead. Sauted onions and garlic in olive oil and butter, then added rest of vegetables and dried herbs. Added vegetable broth then added pasta and yogurt at end. Shaved cheese on top. We enjoyed it. Husband loves Brussels Sprouts.

Mar 05, 2006

I never liked Brussells sprouts but am trying to learn to eat more veggies for my baby's benefit. This recipe is wonderful! I highly recommend it - Brussels sprouts and all.

Apr 16, 2009

I didn't have tarragon or red pepper flakes so I left them out and used twice as much oregano. I added bit of salt and a clove of garlic. And despite the fact that the noodles all stuck together and I used twice as much potato as I should have... AND I didn't increase the water or sour cream to make up for it... this turned out quite well. Next time I make it (and I will make it again) I'll pay attention to what I'm doing and make it like it's supposed to be... versus the sticky (but tasty!) mess I have that reminds of high school "macaroni and glue".

Dec 11, 2008

Delicious!! The whole family loved it, we had no leftovers that night. Made a couple of adjustments, didn't have enough sour cream so used half cream cheese instead. Also didn't have tarragon, so added more red pepper flakes and oregano, plus some garlic powder (we're big on garlic). I loved being able to eat Brussels sprouts in a non-holiday meal. Will make again and again


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  • Calories
  • 383 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 54 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 14.5 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 6 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 11.7 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 265 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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