Many healthy eaters are quick to cut pasta out of their diets, but dishes like this have plenty of good-for-you benefits. This Pasta Primavera is filled with colorful veggies and light shrimp, and the homemade sauce isn’t heavy like its jarred or cream-filled counterparts. To make this dinner vegetarian, simply nix the shrimp and use water or vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. You might not believe that you can prepare a wholesome family meal in 30 minutes and one pot, but trust us. The key to this one-pot dish is cooking the shrimp, vegetables, and pasta in stages. When combined, all of the ingredients will be perfectly al dente and coated in a tasty sauce that is slightly thickened by the starch in the pasta. Add more spring flavor by stirring in a tablespoon of chopped soft herbs such as parsley, dill, or basil into the pasta along with the cooked shrimp.
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound peeled and deveined raw medium shrimp
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 large red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 1⁄4 cups)
1/2 ounce pecorino Romano cheese, shredded (about 2 Tbsp.)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
How to Make It
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Sprinkle shrimp with 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt. Add shrimp to Dutch oven; cook until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring once. Remove shrimp; set aside. Pour off any remaining drippings from Dutch oven. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add bell pepper, snap peas, and shallot, and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add bell pepper mixture to shrimp; cover to keep warm.
Add pasta, stock, and remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt to Dutch oven; bring to a boil over medium-high. Boil pasta, stirring occasionally, until pasta is almost tender and stock is almost absorbed, about 9 minutes. Add spinach and Broccolini; cook until spinach is wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in shrimp mixture and vinegar. Remove from heat. Divide mixture evenly among 4 bowls; top with cheese and red pepper.