Easy Pasta Primavera

Here is a quick and easy meatless Lenten dinner....a little change from my old grilled cheese and/or fish sticks Friday.   

If you have Lenten resolutions, how are you doing?  I gave up sweets and so far so good-and boy does it make me feel better anyways.  Of course for the first week, I desperately wanted to stick my head in a chocolate fountain, but the cravings have calmed somewhat.  I still have to avert my eyes when walking down the candy aisle at the grocery store, so they haven't subsided completely.

3/4 of a 32 oz. box of pasta (I use rotini or ziti)
1/4 cup butter
1 envelope Knorr's vegetable soup mix
1 1/2 teaspoons all purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 TBS grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add pasta.  Cook till al dente, and drain.

2. In a saucepan melt butter.  Blend Knorr soup mix with flour and milk, and then add to saucepan.  Stir.  Bring to a soft boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 7-10 minutes.  Stir in grated cheese.

3. Toss with cooked pasta and serve.

(This makes enough for all seven of us....I usually serve with a salad and garlic bread.)


  1. I have tried to make this before, but I can't find vegetable soup mix. Maybe I just don't know what I'm looking for. Is it a packet like onion soup mix?

  2. Sounds tasty but less than a pound of pasta (12oz) for 7 people? And this is the main meal - not a side dish? That can't be right. You are feeding your husband and a few hungry teenagers along with the littles- that has to be a typo (or they are all starving after dinner). That is less than 2oz per person. Even the whole box - 1lb would be really stretching it thin. Also as a suggestion, adding a bag of frozen veggies like broccoli/carrots/cauliflower goes great in pasta primavera.

    1. I had to read that twice too. It is 3/4 of a 2lb. Box (32oz)

  3. Thank you for this! I found it in your recipes a while back and it is my daughter's favorite dish...she is one of those picky eaters. She is sick with a cold and I just showed her and said "do you want to have this tonight" she said "mama you're the best"!

  4. We're a family of 7 (kids are 17 to 3yo) and I use this recipe as written except I use 1-1/2 lbs. pasta. It's a family favorite for Fridays all year round.

    My grocer stocks the Knorr packet mixes by the bouillon in the soup aisle.

  5. Sorry Janine-you are right...the box is 32 oz. and I use 3/4 of it!

  6. I don't recall when I found this recipe on your blog but it quickly became one of my kids' favorite. Easy and quick. Thanks!

  7. Looks fabulous and yum and easy... Definitely one to add to the meal planner I think!

  8. This looks so good. sigh. My husband gave up anything with gluten for Lent. Turns out it's in almost everything we ate before. (soy sauce, dressings, marinades, on top of the typical stuff). Doing great so far though!

  9. This looks like something we'll all enjoy! I love one pan cleanup!

  10. I also gave up sugar for Lent and so far, it has not been a problem. The thing that is killin' me is not to have the Diet Coke. I gave up soda pop as well. It's obviously something that needs to go on a permanent basis though because if I have this much trouble giving it up, then it has become way too important to me. That and I know it's terrible stuff.

  11. We are Methodist and we don't give up anything for Lent. Our pastor gave a wonderful sermon about the importance of doing something for 40 days that brings you closer to God...like daily prayer or reading bible passages every night. I like that tradition for my children. I want them to make choices to help them become better people...like a random act of kindness a week or helping someone in class who may be struggling. Not saying that giving something up isn't good/important as well...it's just different. We also don't have the meatless thing on Fridays but I could easily do that...I love pasta and fish! I'm sure you will feel like a whole new person after 40 days of no sugar!

  12. that looks delicious!
    as for my lenten resolutions, they are going pretty well. i just continue praying that i can keep on keepin on!
    good luck to you too!

  13. Oh my goodness, Sarah! Thank you for this recipe! We tried it tonight and ALL 5 of us ate it and liked it! Love recipes like that!