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Pasta Primavera with Italian Sausage

Recipe By Tessa Arias
April 27th, 2009
3 from 2 votes
3 from 2 votes

For dinner last night I made Pasta Primavera, a recipe from Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis (excellent cookbook).

For dinner last night I made Pasta Primavera, a recipe from Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis (excellent cookbook). My family was concerned by the fact that the dish had no meat in it, so since we were eating the pasta for dinner I decided to add sweet Italian sausage to make it more filling. It was delicious!! Simple and pretty healthy.

I prefer my vegetables to be cut into chunks – it’s heartier and quicker! If you don’t like chunks, cut yours into thin strips.

*Post edited 6/13/11 to include new photos.

3 from 2 votes

How to make
Pasta Primavera with Italian Sausage

For dinner last night I made Pasta Primavera, a recipe from Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis (excellent cookbook).


  • 4 links Italian sausage (sweet, mild, or spicy)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into strips
  • 2 medium zucchini or 1 large zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 2 yellow squash, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs or herbes de Provence
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausages
  • 1 pound farfalle (bowtie pasta)
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place sausage links on a small baking sheet.
  3. On a large heavy baking sheet, toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs to coat. Bake the vegetables and sausage at the same time until the carrots are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20-25 minutes total. Bake sausage until cooked through. Let sausage cool slightly before slicing.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  5. Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixture and sausage in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the cherry tomatoes and enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

From Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Starbiz — June 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it last night for my boyfriend who is an executive chef and he absolutely loved it! I added a mild italian sausage instead of sweet and only used about half the amount of veggies and pasta since it was just the two of us. But it was perfect for a healthy, balanced meal. Thanks for sharing! ~Laura

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    Tessa — June 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Wow! What a great comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Your welcome! I’m so glad to hear your boyfriend liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ Its such a simple and easy recipe that’s satisfying and pretty healthy. Best of both worlds

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    site cilios — March 9, 2018 at 3:13 pm

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    MooWoo — September 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Tried your recipe today. I wanted to try it with meat as well but didn’t want the typical stuff. It was a great success, thanks for the recipe.

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