Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables

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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! 

A circular white serving bowl filled with pappardelle with seasonal vegetables next to a bottle of Rosé and two glasses of wine.

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.

A medium-sized silver pot filled with boiling water and cipollini onions and then a person removing the skins from those onions.

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
  • Parsnips
  • Cipolline onions (See NOTES)

Any of the following fresh herbs add amazing flavor:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Marjoram
  • Tarragon
  • Dill

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.

A person transferring sweet peas from a small glass bowl into a pot of simmering vegetables including carrots, asparagus, and pearl onions.

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.

An overhead view of a large stainless steel skillet filled with pappardelle with seasonal vegetables with a wooden spoon inserted into it.

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.

A person grating a block of Parmesan cheese over a bowl filled with fresh pasta and sautéd vegetables.

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!

A large white serving bowl filled with fresh pappardelle pasta and sautéd spring vegetables.

Ready to make one of the most beautifully delicious and healthy dishes in town? Go for it!

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A circular white serving bowl filled with pappardelle with seasonal vegetables next to a bottle of Rosé and two glasses of wine.

Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables

This Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables is so vibrant and so fresh! Really healthy and perfect to make when vegetables from the farmer's market are young and bursting with flavor.
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Course: Entree / Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: how to make pasta with vegetables, Pappardelle
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 375kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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).

Notes

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Pappardelle pasta can be found in the fresh pasta section of many well-stocked supermarkets, gourmet food shops, or Italian markets.  You can also cook lasagna noodles and then cut them into 1/2-inch strips with a pizza cutter.   Or, simply go with your favorite type of pasta. 
Cipolline onions can be found in the produce section of many well-stocked supermarkets and definitely at fresh produce markets.  They are sometimes called 'boiler onions' or 'spring onions.'  If you can't find them, you could go with pearl onions, but we recommend peeling them first. 
We recommend using a combination of fresh herbs for the dish.  We used tarragon in the video, which is wonderful but does have a slight (but distinct) licorice taste.  If using dried herbs, only use 1 tsp of each. 
Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.  Gently reheat on the stove in a skillet until heated through.   The dish does not freeze well. 

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6661IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 5mg
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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!

3 Comments

  • Kris: I love this dish…I was doing something kinda similar, but I think this is just much fresher….can you share where you all got the pasta bowls from? My dishes are white and I have been looking for pasta/ramen bowls. You both just make my day, I just cannot tell you enough!!!
    Best regards to you both!!

    • HI Sandra! All is well on our front…very busy, but all good. So many exciting things on the horizon for H2FaL. I made this dish a few days ago, and we just loved it. Both Wesley and I are trying to drop some pounds, and this really fit the bill. Hope you enjoy and Danielle enjoy it, and let us know what you think. xoxo

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