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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

weeknight dinner: pasta primavera


The weekly dilemma: what to make for dinner. I don't know about you, but I struggle with this question every week when it's time to make the grocery list. Trying to come up with a healthy, delicious and quick dinner every night of the week is definitely not easy, so today I wanted to share with you my latest quick and easy weeknight meal: pasta primavera! 

Most nights, I don't get home from work until almost 7 and then it's time to cook dinner and start blog work. Quick dinners are essential to many people's lifestyle, including ours! It's no secret that I love pasta, so I try to make it once a week. And I love that there are ways to make most pasta dishes in a healthy way. By the way, this particular dish doesn't really taste that healthy! The {low-fat} cream cheese gives the pasta the same texture as a full-fat, cream or Alfredo sauce, without the calories!

This quick {it's done in less than 15 minutes!} pasta dish has become a regular around our house the last few weeks. And, like so many of the recipes I love to cook, you can customize it to your liking! I used wheat penne, low-fat chive and onion cream cheese {it gives the pasta an amazing flavor!} and frozen mixed vegetables {this time I used the carrots, peas, corn and green bean mixture}. But you could easily use any type of pasta, cream cheese or frozen vegetables you prefer! Check out the recipe below. You won't believe how fast this weeknight dinner comes together!






Pasta Primavera

{what you will need}
1 pound penne pasta {I used wheat pasta}
16 ounces chive and onion cream cheese, at room temperature (I used low-fat}
16 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
1 tablespoon olive oil
Parsley, for garnish
Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Reserved pasta water {about 1/2 cup}

Cook the pasta according to package directions; reserve about 1/2 cup of water. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and add the frozen vegetables. Saute until heated, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, vegetable mixture and cream cheese. Stir to combine completely, slowly adding the reserved pasta water to loosen the "sauce" to reach desired consistency. Top with parsley and Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

Print Recipe HERE


In case you missed my make ahead breakfast and lunch ideas, you can see those posts HERE and HERE

Thanks for dropping by and have a great Tuesday!


  1. Literally the perfect weeknight meal! It has everything we love, think I may even try this tonight as I didn't have anything planned yet...YUM!! Happy Tuesday!

  2. can i have this for breakfast?? bc this is making my tummy growl at 830am!!

  3. Gimme all the pasta!! YUM! It's been a while since I've made pasta so I'm really craving it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. I am so in need of quick meals that I can do during the week. This sound so good!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  5. A 15 minute meal...yes please! Love me quick and yummy dinners! I always struggle with our weekly menu...such a pain coming up with different things to make. This looks so good!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  6. Holy deliciousness! You had me at cream cheese and pasta :-D
    Green Fashionista

  7. Yum! Digging this recipe, babe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. OMG! Such a great recipe! This looks so yummy, Rachel! You must be such a good cook!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  9. That sounds so delicious and easy too! I love that you used the chive and onion cream cheese to give it some extra flavor!

  10. I cannot hold myself to eat this such delicious food.

    Nature and Skin Care

  11. This sounds so yummy and perfect for a weeknight meal since it doesn't seem too difficult! Adding the cream cheese is such a great idea! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  12. This sounds so amazing and easy! I love anything with cheese!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles


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