Speedy Pasta Primavera

  • 10 Mins

    Prep Time

  • 10 Mins

    Cook Time

  • 4


  • 438


  • 12g


  • 65g


  • 19g



  • 8 oz Uncooked Penne Pasta
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 (12 oz) Package Steamable Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced; slices halved (before slicing, wash pepper under cold running water)
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flake
  • ¼ Tsp Dried Oregano
  • ¼ Cup Pasteurized Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • GGluten:

    Swap the traditional pasta for a gluten-free variety

  • DDairy:

    Omit the Parmesan cheese


  • 1.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

  • 2.

    Cook Pasta In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil and cook penne according to package directions. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and put in a large bowl.

  • 3.

    Brown the Garlic While pasta cooks, add olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Turn heat to low, add garlic and gently cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

  • 4.

    Steam Broccoli Steam broccoli according to package directions. Add the broccoli, peppers, garbanzo beans and salt to the skillet with garlic. Cook until the vegetables are hot, and the pepper is crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

  • 5.

    Toss Toss the vegetables in the large bowl with the pasta. Top with red pepper flake and oregano, mix thoroughly. If pasta is sticky, add a little of the reserved pasta water.

  • 6.

    Top and Enjoy Top pasta with Parmesan cheese, serve and enjoy!

  • 7.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

Recipe Created by Meijer Registered Dietitians

Nourishment Notes


Beans contain healthy amounts of fiber to help with heart health and digestive regularity. They also contain plant protein to help build and maintain muscle, and folate to aid in the growth of new and healthy cells.


Broccoli is rich in nutrients, including vitamins C, which is essential for immune function. It also contains many different antioxidants which can help lower inflammation and protect health.

Fatigue Buster

  • Add Frozen Vegetables

    Choose any frozen vegetables to include in this dish.

  • Garlic

    Purchase pre-minced garlic.

  • Cheese

    Use pre-shredded Parmesan cheese.

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