Light & Lemony Primavera with Asparagus, Zucchini and Herbs

Light & Lemony Primavera with Asparagus, Zucchini and Herbs
  • 4Servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/2 pound small, firm zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 shallots, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Salt and white pepper or black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • About 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 12 ounces egg tagliatelle or fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 1/2 cup tarragon or basil, torn or coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (total) finely chopped mint and parsley


Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium. Add the butter. When the butter foams, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the asparagus, zucchini, shallots, garlic and lemon zest; season with salt and white pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour; toss to coat, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring often, until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a bubble. Add the cream; return to a bubble. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer while the pasta cooks.

Salt the boiling water. Add the pasta; cook to al dente.

When the pasta is almost done, add the peas and a ladleful of pasta water to the sauce. Drain the pasta. Off the heat, stir the lemon juice into the sauce. Add the pasta and tarragon; toss to coat. Sprinkle the pasta with mint and parsley.