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Copycat Panera Pasta Primavera

Copycat Panera Pasta Primavera

Panera's Pasta Primavera had tender, ribbon-shaped noodles tossed with a blend of vegetables in a lemon garlic cream sauce on a bed of fresh spinach and topped with asiago-parmesan cheese and basil pesto. This copycat version is a perfect light lunch any day of the week!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4



  • Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. 
  • When you put the noodles in the water to boil - In a microwave safe bowl - add 1/4 cup water and broccoli. In a separate bowl, add peas & carrots. Cover both with press & seal wrap (or the like) and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Remove the broccoli and heat peas/carrots for 2 minutes more. Remove from microwave and set aside. 
  • Over medium heat in a saucepan, melt butter. 
  • Add minced garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk in Dijon mustard and lemon juice. 
  • Add heavy cream and boil until reduced by one-third and remove from heat.
  • When pasta is done, drain pasta. 
  • Toss pasta, salt, broccoli, peas and carrots in cream sauce. 
  • Assemble pasta primavera bowls by placing a handful of raw spinach in bottom of bowl. 
  • Top spinach with one cup of pasta mixture 
  • Spoon 1-2 Tablespoons pesto over pasta and top with parmesan cheese
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