Spring is in bloom for most of the country. Sunnier days are brightening gardens, and warm breezes are gently blowing the remnants of winter away. It’s a fresh start, especially in the kitchen! As spring produce becomes available at the market, we’re craving colorful ingredients and lighter meals (fresh-shelled peas, asparagus and rhubarb – we’re looking at you!) When faced with an array of fresh vibrant produce, pasta is the perfect canvas to show off all those delicate flavors. We couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorite pasta recipes that celebrate the best of the spring season.
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From our own archives, it’s hard to resist this light yet creamy pesto pasta. Young broccolini has a subtle flavor and more delicate texture compared to its cousin, regular broccoli, and red onion and bell pepper add some serious color!
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As good a side dish as it is a light lunch, you’re going to want to add this pasta salad to your spring rotation ASAP! Peppery arugula, tangy goat cheese, and asparagus come together with a touch of lemon for the springiest pasta ever.
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For cooler spring nights when you need something comforting, try this oven-baked pasta. It’s an easy recipe with simple ingredients that coax out the cozier side of spring. Plus, there’s a crispy, cheesy topping.
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Looking for something a little different? This take on classic Carbonara uses plenty of lemon…and mint! It’s a fun play on an otherwise hearty Italian pasta dish. Fresh peas, scallions, and lemon brighten up the salty pancetta and creamy cheeses. A sprig of mint right before serving makes this a fancy-ish dish perfect for date night.
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Another Home Chef original, this pasta has light and bright flavors achieved with pantry-friendly ingredients. If you’re ready for spring but the local weather isn’t, embrace ingredients like frozen peas, shallots, and flavorful sun-dried tomatoes. Between the colors and flavor, you won’t mind those cloudy skies outside.
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This recipe gets a dose of color and nutrients thanks to a combination of asparagus, spinach, basil, and peas. Juice and zest of a lemon brings a sunny quality to this dish. (We love lemon with our spring pastas, have you noticed yet?)
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Who doesn’t love a simple pasta recipe? There’s a good chance you have most of the ingredients for this five ingredient wonder already. It uses the best of the season, like asparagus and cherry tomatoes, and cooks up ultra fast for the busiest of nights.
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This recipe makes clever use of sheet pan roasting while the pasta comes to a boil. If you’ve never tried roasted radishes, you’re in for a treat – the heat really softens their bite and brings out their natural sweetness.