If you love pasta but get bored with tomato-based dishes then how about trying this recipe? This healthy pasta primavera or spaghetti primavera is a green vegetable-based dish that is creamy, full of flavour and low in calories. It uses quark but you will soon realise quark can be great in savoury pasta dishes like this when you try it.

Spaghetti Primavera is a tasty green vegetables pasta dish

The perfect pasta dish for all the family

I think this healthy pasta primavera is the perfect pasta dish for all the family as it contains a number of spring vegetables but as they are covered in a creamy sauce they are less noticeable. It does not have any strong flavours or spices but is really tasty and flavoursome.

Most people love pasta and the vegetables in this can easily be adjusted according to family tastes. It is easy to make and the ingredients to make it aren’t expensive to buy.

Tomato and mozzarella pasta salad
Tomato and mozzarella pasta salad
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How to make this spaghetti primavera recipe on a budget

This recipe already uses frozen vegetables to make it cheaper and easier. Another way to save money is to buy quark when it is reduced and freeze it until needed.

These vegetables can easily be substituted for others if required so this can also save you money. It also helps you use up things you bought reduced or for another recipe and have some leftover.

The whole healthy pasta primavera recipe can be made for as little as £2 if you have the frozen vegetables already and the dried herbs.

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What is Quark?

It is a soft cheese made with skimmed milk. It’s rather like Philadelphia in its consistency and, due to the fat-free aspect of it, there is little flavour. Because of this, quark on its own is not often enjoyed.

Quark is, due to its limited flavour, very versatile and useful in some great recipes. I frequently use it in both sweet and savoury recipes and share a variety of my favourite quark recipes here.

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Pot of Quark

what makes spaghetti primavera perfect on a diet

It is full of vegetables and pasta so if you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Healthy pasta primavera or spaghetti primavera – which is it?

This recipe is perfect with spaghetti but really is perfect with any other pasta too, this is why I have given it a mixed name so you can call it whatever you wish! Pasta primavera is just as nice and easier to eat than spaghetti primavera!

Spaghetti primavera
Spaghetti primavera

More recipes you may enjoy

If you like this healthy pasta primavera or spaghetti primavera recipe and want more pasta-based recipes for all the family check out my ultimate pasta recipe guide. For families, you could try my Slimming World meatballs recipe or hidden vegetables spaghetti bolognese.

If this has made you realise you should use quark more and are looking for more recipes with it check out my ultimate quark recipe list.

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Spaghetti and meatballs

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Healthy pasta primavera or Spaghetti primavera recipe

This is a great family recipe you should try, if you are not keen on any of the ingredients simply swap them.

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Spaghetti primavera

Spaghetti Primavera – A tasty Syn free pasta recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 MInutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Ingredients

Units Scale

200g dried spaghetti

0.8 litres hot vegetable stock

2 small finely chopped onions

2 tsp dried thyme

3 garlic cloves finely chopped

150g baby carrots

100g frozen petit pois

100g frozen broad beans

2 courgettes finely sliced

150g trimmed green beans – cut into 1 inch pieces

2 egg yolks

100g fine asparagus cut into 1 inch long pieces

200g quark


Instructions

1. Cook the spaghetti in salted water according to packet instructions but so it isn’t too soft and still has a bite to it. Drain the pasta water and return the spaghetti to the pan.

2. In a separate pan bring the vegetable stock to the boil and add the onion, garlic, carrots, green beans and thyme. Bring back to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the petit pois, broad beans and courgette then bring back to the boil and simmer for another couple of minutes.

4. Add the asparagus and simmer for a further minute.

5. Remove 200ml of the liquid from the pan and keep aside.

6. Drain the remainder of the stock pan and add the vegetables to the spaghetti.

7. Mix the 200ml of stock with the quark, and egg yolks until well combined.

8. Add the quark mix to the spaghetti and vegetables and heat on medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the sauce has thickened and then serve immediately.



Keywords: syn free, Slimming World, pasta, spring,

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  1. Loved the creamy sauce (it didn’t split – hooray!) along with the slight crunch of the veggies. Delicious.