Everything you love about cheesy mac and cheese, with a variety of Spring’s in-season vegetables. Celebrate Spring’s bounty!
Now that we grow some of our own fruits and vegetables and I cook pretty frequently now, I’ve become more familiar with when certain fruits and vegetables are in season. I never really used to pay attention to any of that before but now I buy and cook with in-season fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Makes total sense. You get the fruits and veggies when they are in peak season, taste the best and the price is fair and reasonable.
And yes, I know zucchini is not in season until June but I can’t live without this lovely summer squash and I always manage to find fresh zucchini at my local grocery store or Trader Joe’s.
This creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese celebrates spring time vegetables. Asparagus, snow peas, broccoli and peas are some of my favorites! Call it pasta primavera, use linguine noodles, do whatever you want but you’ve got to make this pasta dish!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1½ cups asparagus, chopped
- 1 cup yellow squash
- ½ cup snow peas, cut in half crosswise
- 1½ cups mushrooms, chopped
- 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
- ½ pound shell pasta, dry
- 1 cup frozen baby peas
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Using a large non-stick sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. After 1 minute, add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until onion has softened a bit. Add asparagus, squash, snow peas, mushrooms and broccoli, and continue to cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
- While vegetables are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente, or for about 7-8 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain (reserving a ½ cup of the pasta water).
- Pour pasta into pan with vegetables and add baby peas, heavy cream, mozzarella, and parmesan. Beginning with ¼ cup, add reserved pasta water to pan and continue to mix well, add additional pasta water as necessary to bring sauce together.
- Season with salt and pepper and let pasta cook for a few more minutes. Serve and garnish with additional parmesan cheese at the table if desired. Enjoy!
I used Wisconsin mozzarella and parmesan. I love these two cheeses together . . . so magical and delicious. So please, head on over to All Things Mac and Cheese to see this recipe!
Enjoy!! Springtime in a bowl, my friends.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Wisconsin Cheese, All Things Mac and Cheese. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.