Poolside Pasta Primavera

We all have that friend that we’ve known since we were kids.  Michelle is that friend to me.  We met in 2nd grade and became best friends in 6th grade.  Even though she lives in New York and I live in Florida, we remain best friends.  We don’t have to talk every week or see each other often, but we always stay close.

When we do get to see each other, it is refreshing and needed.  We get to be ourselves, talk and eat!  She has 3 boys and I have 2, all around the same age!  So it’s always fun! And she always has plenty to eat for everyone and extra fun stuff for the kids.

The boys and I visited for some poolside fun and it was a blast like usual.  Michelle put so much thought into everything she made!  I will be sharing some of the other things she prepared in future blogs, but this is my favorite!  Pasta Primavera!

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Pasta Primavera


Michelle topped the Pasta Primavera with sliced grilled chicken breasts(It does not need it with all the yummy veggies, but of course add it if you like.)

  • olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes(Use less if you don’t like it spicy and more if you prefer it spicier).
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots(buy them already shredded)
  • 1 package of mushrooms, sliced(my favorite are baby bella)
  • 1 zuchini, sliced
  • fresh basil
  • grated pecorino romano
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta


  1. Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.  Saute until golden.
  3. Add the tomatoes and mushrooms and cook on medium heat until the tomatoes burst and create their own sauce.
  4. Add the carrots and zucchini and and cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook per directions on box.
  7. Put a cup of pasta water on the side in case you need more liquid for the pasta.
  8. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with all the vegetables.
  9. Drizzle with a little olive oil and top with grated cheese and fresh basil.


Michelle served this with a simple arugula salad and it was perfect!


  • Arugula
  • salt and pepper
  • grated pecorino romano
  • oil and vinegar

Stir and serve!

Other pasta dishes that make me smile⇓⇓

Sunday Dinner

Orecchiette with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce

Bowties with Broccoli

Baked Ziti with Sausage

Published by feedingthefam.blog

I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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