This recipe was in the Better Homes and Gardens Low Calorie 2015 Edition. I like it for a great vegetarian primavera option because it includes beans/legumes in the ingredients. When you are eating vegetarian you have to watch out for the automatic increase in carbs from pasta. But, if you’re careful and balance out the meal by using more vegetables and fewer pasta in the ingredients you can have a nice tasty meal and stay healthy.


Did you know primavera means spring in many romance languages?

Pasta and Pepper Primavera

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: Recipes

Servings: 4

Vegetarian Pasta Premavara

I prefer fresh ingredients when they are available. I replaced reduced-sodium chicken broth with reduced-sodium vegetable stock in this recipe.


  • 4 ounces dried multigrain spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 16 ounce package frozen peppers (stir fry vegetables)
  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel (set aside)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat oil over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Add frozen vegetables.
  5. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  6. Add beans, white wine, lemon juice, thyme, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper.
  7. Bring to boiling
  8. Reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, about 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove from heat. Stir in butter.
  10. Drain pasta.
  11. Add pasta to vegetable mixture in skillet.
  12. Toss gently to combine.
  13. To serve, divide pasta mixture among four shallow bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and lemon peel.


Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat. Carb choices: 2.5

Nutrition Facts

Pasta and Pepper Primavera

Serves 1.25 cups each

Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 13.8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 410mg 17.1%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 12.3%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Protein 13g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.