Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  90
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  4 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  2 mg
  • Sodium  33 mg
  • Potassium  235 mg
  • Phosphorus  46 mg
  • Calcium  46 mg
  • Fiber  1.5 g

Primavera Sauce for Pasta

Primavera literally means "first green," and heralds the abundance of colorful, springtime vegetables that continue growing well into the summer. Laura, a DaVita dietitian from Georgia, makes her Primavera Sauce for Pasta especially kidney friendly by choosing ingredients that are rich in taste and low in potassium, like sweet red bell peppers, zucchini and yellow squash.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Laura from Georgia.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 3/4 cup sauce


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 4 teaspoons parmesan cheese 


    1. Chop green onions. Mince garlic. Julienne cut zucchini, yellow squash and bell pepper.
    2. Warm olive oil in a large, uncovered frying pan on medium heat.
    3. Add green onions and garlic and sauté until soft.
    4. Add remainder of vegetables and stir-fry lightly.
    5. When vegetables soften, cover pan and lower heat to medium-low.
    6. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until sauce has thickened. Season with oregano and serve over pasta.
    7. Sprinkle one teaspoon of parmesan cheese over each serving of sauce.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 vegetables, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • This is nice served over linguine cooked al dente.
  • If sauce seems too dry, you can add a little water or white wine.
  • 1 medium zucchini and 1 medium yellow summer squash each yield 3/4 cup julienne cut.
  • Crushed red or black pepper adds extra zest.

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Primavera Sauce for Pasta

IdaKay09 says:


Does it just turn to sauce? Cook long enough to cook the veg. into pulpy stage?? What thickens it if not pulp from the veggies? I'm a good cook, but this one throws me for a loop. Sorry to be so dense today. Dietitian comment: Yes, cook it long enough until the vegetables are very soft, with a sauce-like consistency. The next time I prepare it I will time it and add more information to the recipe.

Aug. 06, 2013, 9:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

Primavera Sauce for Pasta

Izabeau says:


This looks like i can use it . Specialy when it my no protein snack . tks . going to try this .

Aug. 03, 2013, 2:46 PM - Inappropriate review?

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