Primavera Pasta Dinner

Make weeknight dinner fast and easy. Here's a main course recipe and three suggestions for rounding it out into a complete meal. Find out how to effortlessly dress up starters, sides, and desserts to fit the meal's main course.

The Menu

Primavera means springtime in Italian, and this dish is proof. Rotini and Sweet Pepper Primavera is the center of a meal that's all about spring, with Pesto Salad, Grilled Garlic Bread, and Fruit Roll-Ups. Fresh pesto is in the dairy aisle in most markets, and you'll find the refrigerated piecrust there, too. Springtime is the best time to get the grill out and fire it up -- it's always exciting the first time you use it after a long, cold winter.

Rotini and Sweet Pepper Primavera


Pesto Salad

Puree equal parts creamy Italian dressing with prepared pesto for an easy new twist for tossed salad greens.

Grilled Garlic Bread

Slice Italian bread 1/2 inch thick, brush with olive oil, and grill, turning to grill both sides. Rub with a fresh garlic clove while still hot.

Fruit Roll-Ups

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out a refrigerated piecrust. Spread with 1 Tbs. raspberry preserves mixed with 1 Tbs. blueberry preserves, then cut into 16 wedges like a pizza. Roll up into crescents and bake for 25 minutes on a foil-lined cookie sheet.