Kid-Friendly Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe

Fresh, Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe on a plate with fork on counter. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.
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What better way to eat your veggies than to bathe them in a garlic and parmesan cream sauce and then wrap them in fettuccine!  That’s right, this is my Kid-friendly Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe and it’s marvelous.  This version has kid-friendly veggies asparagus, carrots, and fresh corn kernels that get simply roasted in the oven for a toasty flavor.  Then a 5-minute garlic, grape tomato, half and half, and pasta water sauce comes together.  Cooked pasta is added with lots of parmesan cheese to create a creamy and luxurious sauce.  Finally, the roasted veggies are mixed into all this goodness.  In every cheesy pasta bite, you get earthiness from the asparagus, sweetness from the corn kernels and carrots, and fresh juiciness from the tomatoes. 

USE VEGGIES YOUR FAMILY LIKES 

My biggest advice when it comes to getting kids to eat veggies, is don’t sweat it.  If your kids don’t like asparagus, swap in broccoli or another veggie they will eat.  That’s what I did here, I used veggies that I know my kids would eat, such as corn and carrots.  These may not be traditional in this recipe, but who cares!  Make it your own! 

Another tip for veggies, is to incorporate them into other recipes.  I do this A LOT!  I’m not necessarily trying to hide the veggies, but rather, trying to give them another flavor so that my daughters will see that they can be yummy.  Here are some of the most successful ways that I’ve done this.  My Easy One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Zucchini cooks all in one casserole dish in the oven, so it really could not be any easier!  It’s layered with pasta and sauce on the bottom, then chicken, zucchini, and cheese on top!  Or my  White Enchilada Casserole with Chicken and Veggies which layers in corn tortillas topped with chicken, onions, peppers, and zucchini, then cheese!  How about a Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup with lots of veggies!  Finally, try these delicious Lean Beef Meatballs with Zucchini!

Fresh, Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe in a pot on counter with fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For roasting the veggies, you need a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a large pot for cooking the pasta and then mixing everything together. I used a dutch oven for this, but any large pot or good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven is fine.

You will also need a cutting board and knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR THIS CREAMY PASTA PRIMAVERA RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

Prep all of the Veggies: clean and cut the asparagus, slice the carrots, prep the corn kernels, cut the tomatoes in halves, mince the garlic.

While roasting the veggies is technically a cooking step, you can definitely do this step 2-3 days ahead.  NOTE: If you do this ahead, you will want to give them a quick toss in the pot after you drain the pasta, but before you start the sauce, so take the chill off of them before adding them to the pasta at the end. 

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  To a large sheet pan, add the carrots, asparagus, and corn kernels.

Raw cut asparagus, corn kernels, and sliced carrots on a sheet pan for Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.

Drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss with your hands to coat everything with the oil and seasoning. Roast on the center rack for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and either set aside or store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook the dinner.

What other vegetables can I add?

The short answer is: whatever your family/kids will eat!  The longer answer is:  try to find a variety of colors and textures, but within the range of what your family will actually eat.  Veggies that work with the roasting instructions here are red pepper, peas, zucchini, yellow squash, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, green beans, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, parsnips, beets, eggplant, or even radicchio.  Cut up the veggies into similar sizes and total quantity as the ones in my recipe and enjoy!

Can I add chicken or shrimp?

Absolutely!  If you want to add a protein to this, chicken or shrimp would both be terrific!  You would want to either cook them in the pot after draining the pasta and before adding the garlic and tomatoes.  Or roast it with the veggies.  If you go the roasting route for chicken, add the chicken to the pan first and roast for 10-15 before adding the veggies and roasting then another 15 minutes.  For the shrimp, they will roast for the same 15 minutes as the veggies.  You can also add strips of steak to this recipe or simply pair the pasta with a chicken breast or piece of grilled steak.

COOK & FINISH YOUR PASTA PRIMAVERA

To save on dishes, I cook everything in the same large pot.  Cook your pasta until al dente.

Save 1 cup of pasta water, drain the pasta and set it aside as you make the start of the sauce.

Using the same pasta pot on Medium-Low heat, add the olive oil, garlic, and halved tomatoes. Sautee for 4-5 minutes, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the half and half and the reserved cup of pasta water, then stir to combine. Turn the heat off.

Halved grape tomatoes, half and half, and pasta water pouring in a pot for Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.

With pot removed from the heat, add the pasta and stir to combine. Add the parmesan cheese while stirring it into the pasta to combine. The cheese should combine with the half and half and pasta water to create a creamy sauce. If the pan and pasta are too hot, it will clump, so be careful with the heat.

Fettuccine pasta mixed with creamy parmesan sauce and grape tomatoes for Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.

Finally, add the roasted veggies into the pasta and stir to combine.

Wood spoon scraping asparagus, corn, and carrots from a sheet pan into the pot of Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes, but it will be MUCH better fresh.  The sauce will get dry out if made too far in advance (even an hour ahead).  If you do make it ahead, you can do so up to 4 days ahead.  However, I recommend adding liquid and reheating it slowly on the stove while stirring the liquid in to rehydrate and make it creamy again.  For the liquid, you can add 1/2 cup of half and half, milk, broth, or even just water.  Taste for seasoning and add a pinch of salt or a touch more parmesan cheese if needed.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Fresh, Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe in a pot on counter with fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.

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Kid-Friendly Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe

What better way to eat your veggies than to bathe them in a garlic and parmesan cream sauce and then wrap them in fettuccine!  This Kid-Friendly Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe is a marvelous and easy family dinner.  This version uses asparagus, carrots, and fresh corn kernels that get simply roasted in the oven for a toasty flavor.  A 5-minute garlic, grape tomato, half and half, and pasta water sauce is mixed with pasta and lots of parmesan cheese to create a creamy and luxurious sauce.  Finally, the roasted veggies are mixed into all this goodness.  In every cheesy pasta bite, you get earthiness from the asparagus, sweetness from the corn kernels and carrots, and fresh juiciness from the tomatoes. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, corn, healthy dinner, meatless, pasta dinner, primavera recipe, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Roasted Veggies

  • 2 cups Asparagus, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, sliced
  • 3/4 cup Corn (2 ears of kernels)
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Pasta and Other

  • 16 oz Fettuccine Pasta
  • 1 teaspoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 5 oz Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Prep all of the Veggies: clean and cut the asparagus, slice the carrots, prep the corn kernels, cut the tomatoes in halves, mince the garlic.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees

  2. To a large sheet pan, add the carrots, asparagus, and corn kernels. Drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss with your hands to coat everything with the oil and seasoning. Roast on the center rack for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and either set aside or store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook the dinner.

    Raw cut asparagus, corn kernels, and sliced carrots on a sheet pan for Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.
  3. While the veggies roast, bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add a tsp of salt to the water and then add the pasta to the boiling water and stir so they do not stick together. Bring back to a boil and cook for 7-8 minutes until al dente. Save 1 cup of pasta water, drain the pasta and set it aside until ready to add to the sauce.

  4. Using the same pasta pot on Medium-Low heat, add the olive oil, garlic, and halved tomatoes. Sautee for 4-5 minutes, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the half and half and the reserved cup of pasta water, then stir to combine. Turn the heat off.

    Halved grape tomatoes, half and half, and pasta water pouring in a pot for Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.
  5. With pot removed from the heat, add the pasta and stir to combine. Add the parmesan cheese while stirring it into the pasta to combine. The cheese should combine with the half and half and pasta water to create a creamy sauce. If the pan and pasta are too hot, it will clump, so make sure the pot is removed from the heat.

    Fettuccine pasta mixed with creamy parmesan sauce and grape tomatoes for Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.
  6. Finally, add the roasted veggies into the pasta and stir to combine. Enjoy!

    Wood spoon scraping asparagus, corn, and carrots from a sheet pan into the pot of Creamy Pasta Primavera. It has fettuccine, parmesan cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and fresh corn kernels.

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Recipe Notes

  1. While roasting the veggies is technically a cooking step, you can definitely do this step 2-3 days ahead.  If you do this ahead, you will want to give them a quick toss in the pot after you drain the pasta, but before you start the sauce, so take the chill off of them before adding them to the pasta at the end. 

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
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Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon and casserole in background. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Warm, cozy, ooey gooey, cheesy and delicious!  This Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole is an easy and yummy weeknight family dinner.  Ground beef and onion are cooked and then added to a casserole dish with diced potatoes.  Then an easy-to-make sauce is added on top and mixed into the beef and potatoes with shredded cheese.  You get all of the yummy flavors of Hamburger with cheese and fries in this delicious casserole!

The Nourishing Potato

Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap.  Some people may associate potatoes with french fries.  Yes, a potato that is deep fried in oil is generally not good for you.  Others heard years ago that they contribute to weight gain, but there is new, more accurate data to debunk this.

The potato is nourishing and good for you. Especially when compared to other sides, like processed pastas.  Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  One russet potato has 168 calories, 5g of protein, 4g of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and manganese.

Potatoes are so versatile.  Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole is an all time favorite.  Honey Garlic Beef and Potato Stew and Mouthwatering Potato and Steak Bites are delicious dinners!  And this Chorizo Patatas Bravas Recipe is outrageously yummy!!

How about potato salads?  Red Potato Salad with Edamame is a healthy take on a traditional side.  Or this Loaded Potato Casserole!

Spoon with bite of Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole held over a bowl. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For the ground beef and the onions, you will need a large skillet/frying pan to sear and cook them before adding to the potatoes. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning. 

For the casserole, you need a large casserole dish that’s approximately 10×10, 12×12, 10×11 or similar.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR HAMBURGER POTATO CASSEROLE

This entire casserole can be made ahead and then reheated later!  Make this on Sunday and then enjoy it on a busy weeknight.

There are a couple steps that you can do a few days ahead.  You can dice the onion and store it in the fridge.  If you want to make the optional toppings in this recipe (parsley, pickles and Sriracha Mayo) then you can also make those a few days in advance.

Prep the Potatoes

Dice the potatoes.  Cut them into 1/2 inch cubes to cook through evenly in the oven.  If using Yukon Gold potatoes, you can leave the skins on, as they are very delicate and and thin.  The skin has so many of the nutrients and vitamins!  If you use russet potatoes, you will likely want to peel them before dicing them as the skins are tougher.

First, slice the potato into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Then lay the slices flat side down and slice again into 1/2 inch slices.  Then turn the slices and cut into diced 1/2 cubes.

Dice all of the potatoes and place them in the casserole dish.  NOTE: if you’re doing this step more than a few minutes before cooking, then cover the potatoes with cold water and store in the fridge until you are ready to cook.  Drain the potatoes before moving on to the next step.

Knife slicing raw yukon gold potato with skin on for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Knife dicing raw yukon gold potato with skin on for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

What kind of potatoes should I use?

As mentioned above, Yukon Gold are my preferred potato for this recipe.  The skins are so thin and delicate that you do not even need to peel them, which is a huge time saver!  These are a more waxy potato than the russet potato, which are what you would see used for baked potatoes.  They cook up very tender, but because of their waxy texture, they hold shape without turning to mush. 

You can use really any potato in this recipe, just be sure to cut it down to a similar size.  Russet, or Baking Potatoes, have the thicker, tougher skin.  Many people find it a turn off to eat even though it does have so many great vitamins and nutrients.  If this is the potato you are using, you may want to peel it before dicing and adding it to the recipe.  Also, the russet tends to be a bit mushier when cooked for long periods of time.  Therefore, if you mix the casserole after it is baked, don’t be surprised if the russet potatoes start to break apart.

COOK THE GROUND BEEF 

In preheated large frying pan or skillet, add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes until it starts to brown. Then add the diced onions and stir to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer the beef and the onions to the casserole dish with the potatoes.

Ground beef and onions cooking in a pan for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Pan pouring cooked ground beef and onions over diced raw potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Can I use ground chicken or turkey instead?

Yes, you can use any ground protein that you prefer.  Just be sure to add enough oil to the pan for chicken and turkey so that it doesn’t stick, as it has less fat than beef.  You will also want to taste for seasoning.  Since beef tends to have more natural flavor, you may want a touch more salt, oregano, or pepper.  Otherwise, the cooking steps will be the same.

FINISH THE CASSEROLE & BAKE

Prep the sauce

To the same pan used for the beef, turn the heat to Medium-LOW. Add the butter and stir to melt. Add Flour and whisk to combine with the butter. Cook stirring constantly for about 1 minute, then slowly whisk in the broth and then milk until the roux is completely and smoothly mixed into the liquids. Turn the heat to Medium and continue to stir and cook until it comes to a light simmer and thickens. Turn off the heat.

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Whisk in the sour cream, oregano, salt, and pepper to the thickened sauce.

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Pour the sauce over the potatoes and beef. Add the shredded cheese and then mix to combine everything together.

Wood spoon mixing cooked ground beef, sauce, shredded cheese, and cubed potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Bake in the oven center rack for 40 minutes covered with aluminum foil. Remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. LET REST for 10 minutes.

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a casserole dish. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

To serve, scoop on plates and then top with a dollop of the Sriracha Mayo and diced pickles (if desired)!

What to serve on the side?

You do need a veggie with this dish.  Since it’s such a warm and heart dish, a cool and fresh side is a nice compliment.  A simple tomato and cucumber salad with either a Basil Chive Yogurt Dressing or a Honey Mustard Dressing would be perfect!   

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

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Simple Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole

Warm, cozy, ooey gooey, cheesy and delicious!  This Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole is an easy and yummy weeknight family dinner.  Ground beef and onion are cooked and then added to a casserole dish with diced potatoes.  Then an easy-to-make sauce is added on top and mixed into the beef and potatoes with shredded cheese.  You get all of the yummy flavors of Hamburger with cheese and fries in this delicious casserole!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, ground chicken, hamburger, potato recipe, potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 491 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Ground Beef

  • 1 pound Ground Beef 90% lean
  • 1/2 cup Diced onion
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground black pepper

Casserole

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes (about 6 potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Broth vegetable or chicken
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar (or any mix of cheddar, jack, mozzarella)
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Toppings (Optional – Not included in Nutrition Facts)

  • 1/4 cup Fresh Italian Parsley
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Finely dice 1 small onion to get 1/2 cup.
  2. Make the Sriracha Mayo by mixing together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and Sriracha sauce.

  3. Chop the parsley. Dice the pickles.

  4. Clean the skins of the potatoes and then dice the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. Add the diced potato to a 9×13 or similar size casserole dish.
    Knife dicing raw yukon gold potato with skin on for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. In preheated large frying pan or skillet, add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes until it starts to brown. Then add the diced onions and stir to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer the beef and the onions to the casserole dish with the potatoes.
    Pan pouring cooked ground beef and onions over diced raw potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  3. To the same pan used for the beef, turn the heat to Medium-LOW. Add the butter and stir to melt. Add Flour and whisk to combine with the butter. Cook stirring constantly for about 1 minute, then slowly whisk in the broth and then milk until the roux is completely and smoothly mixed into the liquids. Turn the heat to Medium and continue to stir and cook until it comes to a light simmer and thickens. Turn off the heat.

    Whisking broth into the roux for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  4. Whisk in the sour cream, oregano, salt, and pepper to the thickened sauce and then pour the sauce over the potatoes and beef. Add the shredded cheese and then mix to combine everything together.

    Wood spoon mixing cooked ground beef, sauce, shredded cheese, and cubed potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  5. Bake in the oven center rack for 40 minutes covered with aluminum foil. Remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. LET REST for 10 minutes.

    Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a casserole dish. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  6. To serve, scoop on plates. OPTIONAL: Top with a dollop of the Sriracha Mayo and diced pickles. ENJOY!

    Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon and casserole in background. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner.