If you’re looking for a dish to feature all those amazing Spring veggies, you’ve found it.
We just love everything about this dish. It’s healthy, which is great, but it is also deeply flavorful and lets the vegetables shine. It takes a little more effort, but making the pasta from scratch is well worth it. And it all comes together in about 30 minutes!
How To Make Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables
This dish is great any time of the year, but it’s especially wonderful when vegetables are in their prime season, such as in spring.
Head to your local farmer’s market and grab the veggies that are calling your name.
And choose your favorite herbs to season the dish. Fresh is the best!
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What Are Cipolline Onions and How To Prepare
We love adding cooked cipolline onions to this dish.
Although they are typically grown in the fall, you can find them year-round in most well-stocked supermarkets or farmer’s markets.
EXPERT TIP: In Italy, cipolline onions are traditionally served whole. Simply boil them in their skins for about 5 minutes and then remove them from the water and let them cool. Use your fingers to cut the root end off then just squeeze the onion from the skin. They are mild in taste but very delicious and add a wonderful texture to the dish.
The Ingredients You Will Need
As mentioned, pick whatever vegetables look fresh and vibrant to you. Here are the vegetables we love to use:
- Baby carrots, orange, purple and white
- Asparagus, ends trimmed
- Sweet peas, or shucked sugar snap peas
- Cipolline onions (See NOTES)
Any of the following fresh herbs add amazing flavor:
EXPERT TIP: If you don’t have the time to make homemade pasta, seek out good-quality fresh pasta. If you can’t find pappardelle, you can cook lasagna noodles and then use a pizza cutter to cut large strands of pasta. Or, go with whatever fresh pasta is available to you.
After simmering the vegetables, you can remove them from the liquid and continue cooking the broth until it reduces to about 1 cup.
When you add the vegetables and pasta back to the reduced sauce, it will simply coat them and you won’t have a “saucy” dish at all.
We enjoy a little extra broth with the dish. It’s perfect for dunking a fresh piece of bread into.
Either method is extremely delicious and satisfying.
How To Serve Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables
Because this dish comes together very quickly, we don’t recommend preparing it in advance of serving.
However, to help reduce your time in the kitchen greatly, have all of the vegetables and herbs prepped and ready to go.
Drop the pasta in just before you are ready to serve. Be sure to follow package instructions, but most fresh pasta only takes 2 to 3 minutes to cook until al dente.
EXPERT TIP: This dish is absolutely heavenly when finished off with a little butter. It adds a luxurious texture to the pasta, but it can be omitted, if desired. Topping the finished dish with grated Parmesan and a small bunch of pea shoots is beautiful and delicious, too.
This pasta dish is so deeply flavorful and fresh that you won’t miss the meat at all.
Other favorite Italian vegetarian dishes include:
In the meantime, you’ve got to give this vibrant pasta dish a try. You and your guests will be so glad that you did!
Ready to make one of the most beautifully delicious and healthy dishes in town? Go for it!
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Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables
- ½ lb pappardelle pasta can use linguine*
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cloves garlic minced
- 1 bunch asparagus medium size, ends trimmed
- 1 cup baby carrots tri-color, if available
- 1 cup spring onions aka Cipolline (see NOTES)
- ½ cup sweet peas
- 2 tbsp basil fresh, chopped
- 2 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
- 2 tbsp thyme fresh, chopped
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp lemon juice from the lemon
- Pea shoots or watercress for garnish
- Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese optional, for garnish
- In a small pan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add the onions and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove the onions with a slotted spoon. Cut off the root end, and squeeze the onion out of the skin. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, bring the stock, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper to a simmer over medium-high heat.
- Add the carrots, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining asparagus and onions, cover again, and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until they are soft.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain.
- Stir in the peas. Next, add the cooked pasta, herbs, butter, zest, and lemon juice to the stock. Gently stir for 1 minute, or until butter is melted and pasta is coated.
- Serve in pasta bowls and garnish with pea shoots and topped with shaved (or grated) Parmesan (if using).
POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published May, 2016, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in March, 2022!