One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Anchovy Crème


This one-pot pasta primavera with anchovy crème is all you need when you don’t have much time to cook but want a pasta bowl full of vegetables with cream and delicious anchovies.

one-pot pasta primavera

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I first posted this pasta primavera with an anchovy crème in 2012. At that time, my son Tomás Eugenio, now a handsome 15-year-old teenager, was 8. We lived in sunny Southern California, and I had a beautiful kitchen garden.

Head of broccoli.

Tomás Eugenio was the “terror” of my broccoli plants. He loved to pick them and eat the florets as if they were candy. The most amazing side effect of having a kitchen garden is having the kids help mom to harvest the veggies.

A boy eating a broccoli plant.
Tomás Eugenio, spring 2012.

But the true miracle is having your picky eater enjoy broccoli, strawberries, and carrots and wanting more and more.

Pasta primavera: a family recipe

Posting this one-pot pasta primavera, a recipe I inherited from my mom, was an attempt to preserve the memories of that kitchen garden and all its wonders intact.

Fresh broccoli and julienne carrts on a cutting board.

This pasta recipe has tons of broccoli, julienne carrots, and frozen sweet peas, all combined with al dente penne pasta. Then, all are dressed with crème fraîche, anchovies, and Parmesan cheese.

Cooked penne rigati with broccoli and julienne carrots, on a stainless steel strainer.

I love the contrast between the salty, gusty, anchovy flavor and the sweetness of the sweet peas and the carrots. I also love the combination of bright orange and green colors. No need to say that I also love the contrasting textures of the al dente pasta with the still crunchy carrots and broccoli, all covered in a light creamy sauce.

Pasta primavera with anchovy creme, served in a black bowl with a fork.

But I also love that this is a one-pot meal (before one-pot cooking would be trendy) that you can make in less than 15 minutes! B I N G O!

How to make one-pot pasta primavera with anchovies crème

The only secret is that as the pasta is al dente, broccoli, and carrots must be al dente too. I don’t use salt (but the one in the water to cook the pasta) because the anchovies and the cheese are salty enough.

Close up of a bowl of pasta primavera.

To make this recipe, you’ll need some tools and ingredients, including:

Close up of a bowl of pasta with broccoli, carrots a sweat peas.

Here is my recipe. I hope you like it. Thank you for subscribing to my Youtube channel and visiting my Amazon Store.

one-pot pasta primavera
5 from 12 votes

One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Anchovy Crème

This one-pot pasta primavera with anchovies and crème will allow you to have a spring or summer meal in less than 15 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 493kcal


  • 1 package of penne
  • 1 ½ cups of broccoli cut into little trees
  • 1 ½ cups of carrots cut in julienne
  • 1 ½ cups of frozen sweet peas
  • 1 ½ cups of crème fraîche
  • 1 2- oz can of anchovy filets drained
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese (I used Parmigiano Reggiano)


  • In a blender, blend the cream, anchovies and cheese. Reserve
  • Following the package directions, cook the pasta al dente, in boiling water with salt.
  • Two and a half minutes before the pasta is done, add the carrots, stir and keep cooking.
  • Two minutes before the pasta is done, add the broccoli, stir and keep cooking.
  • One minute before the pasta is done, add the peas and stir.
  • Strain.
  • In a bowl, combine the pasta and vegetables with the anchovy cream.
  • Serve inmediately.


Nutrition Facts
One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Anchovy Crème
Amount Per Serving (250 grs)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 574mg16%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 6188IU124%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 229mg23%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Pastas
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make pasta primavera, one-pot pasta primavera, one-pot pasta primavera recipe, pasta primavera, pasta primavera recipe, pasta primavera with anchovy creme
Author: Enri

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