One Pot Pasta Primavera

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This one-pot pasta dish captures the freshness and excitement of spring camping. Loaded with veggies and tangy goat cheese, this Pasta Primavera is a quick and easy meal to throw together at the end of the day.

Pasta primavera in a cast iron skillet on a camping stove.

Spring is an exciting time to be outdoors. The rivers swell their banks, the forest bursts with the budding trees, and patches of wildflowers start to bloom. All at once, the natural world wakes up and comes teaming back to life. While the temperatures are still cool, there’s a freshness in the air. A new season, filled with new possibilities.

Sauteeing tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow summer squash in a cast iron skillet on a camping stove.

We wanted to capture some of that freshness in one of our camping meals so we decided to make our version of Pasta Primavera. Featuring lightly cooked vegetables, chevre goat cheese, and a squeeze of lemon, this dish has a wonderfully bright flavor that perfectly complements the season.

Adding goat cheese to pasta and vegetables in a cast iron skillet.

As always, we try to reduce the number of dishes we have to clean at the end of the night, so we decided to make this a one skillet meal. To start, we lightly sauteed some zucchini, yellow squash, and cherry tomatoes in a skillet, and then removed and set aside. In the same skillet, we added our pasta and just enough water to cover. Over medium-high heat, we brought the water to a boil and stirred frequently until the pasta absorbed nearly all the water. We then added the vegetables back into the skillet, along with the goat cheese and juice of half a lemon. The starchy pasta water combines with goat cheese to create an incredible sauce that evenly coats the pasta and vegetables.

Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and pasta in a cast iron skillet on a camping stove.

Springtime in a skillet, this Pasta Primavera was a simple way to experience the freshness of the new season. So for your next springtime camping trip, give this one skillet meal a try!

Serving a bowl of pasta primavera at a campsite.

Pasta primavera in a cast iron skillet on a camping stove.

One Pot Pasta Primavera

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 2 servings
Calories: 394 kcal
Author: Fresh Off the Grid



  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow summer squash
  • 4 oz. cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 oz. pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz. goat cheese
  • Lemon juice optional


  1. Slice the zucchini and squash into ¼ inch slices. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a high-sided skillet. Once hot, add the vegetables and saute until the squash is soft, about 8 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Add the pasta, salt, and just enough water to cover the pasta to the skillet. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat and cook until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes (this time may vary depending on the pasta you use). Be sure to stir frequently to ensure even cooking. If the water boils off before the pasta is tender, you can always add a bit more. Once the pasta has cooked through, remove the skillet from the heat.
  4. Stir in the goat cheese to coat the pasta. Add the vegetables back to the skillet and stir to combine. Finish with a squeeze of lemon, serve & enjoy!


High-sided skillet (cast iron or other non-stick)
Sharp knife + cutting board
Large spoon
Camp stove
Plates or bowls + utensils for serving

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