Meatless Mondays  |  Posted 10.02.14

Primavera Pasta with Breadcrumb Topping

Primavera Pasta with Breadcrumb Topping

Serves 6

Hand-twisted noodles called pinci (also known as pici) are a Tuscan delicacy. Luckily for time-pressed cooks, curly pasta noodles work too.


  • 8 oz fusilli or rotini pasta
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 medium-sized zucchini (about ½ lb. total), trimmed and julienned
  • 2 large red bell peppers, julienned
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped basil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to boil; add green beans, and parboil 3 minutes. Transfer beans to colander and rinse under cold running water to stop cooking.
  • Heat 2 Tbs. oil in very large skillet over medium heat. Add green beans, onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper, and cook, covered, 3 minutes. Add zucchini, peppers, basil, and oregano, and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, or until vegetables are just al dente; do not overcook. Season with salt to taste.
  • Warm remaining 1 Tbs. oil in second skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs, and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes.
  • Add drained pasta to vegetables, and toss to blend; sprinkle with breadcrumbs, cheese, and olive oil, and serve.

Recipe from Vegetarian Times