Recipe Review: The Olive Garden’s Capellini Primavera

I had amazing success with the last Olive Garden copy cat recipe I tried so I was super excited to give this baby a shot.  It’s loaded down with good-for-you vegetables too! 

I found this recipe here but sadly, I didn’t realize there wasn’t a picture associated with it and we scarfed this down so fast I didn’t take a picture of it.  It’s pretty though.  🙂

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The Olive Garden’s Capellini Primavera

Serves:  4-6 generous servings


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup julienne-cut carrots (I used pre-cut matchstick carrots)
  • 5 cups broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1-1/4 cups thinly sliced yellow squash (cut squash in half lengthwise before slicing)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tbs. beef bouillon granules (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, oil-packed, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. fresh angel hair pasta (I used dried whole wheat pasta)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté onions, carrots and broccoli in butter 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, squash and garlic. Sauté 2 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients except pasta and cheese; stir well. Bring to simmer, then cook 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended. Serve over cooked angel hair pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese.


  • My husband loved this dish.  I liked it, but I definitely prefer the other Olive Garden copy cat recipe
  • This dish requires a significant amount of chopping but my husband helped chop and it didn’t take us very long.  It’s worth it when you consider that this fed us for 3 separate meals. 

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