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June 22, 2021

Best Summer Pasta Recipes

With all the amazing in-season vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, squash and corn, this list of the best summer pasta recipes includes easy dishes for lunch and dinner.

With all the amazing in-season vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, squash and corn, this list of the best summer pasta recipes includes easy dishes for lunch and dinner.

Summer is the height of tomato season, so pasta is a pretty obvious choice to showcase this star ingredient. But there’s more to seasonal pastas than just tomatoes. Grilled and roasted vegetables including corn, zucchini and eggplant deserve some attention when paired with noodles.

Vegetarian and vegan pasta dishes are always great solutions for quick weeknight meals. With so many veggies at their peak, you really can’t go wrong with shapes like spaghetti, orzo, fusilli and even gnocchi.

Summer Pasta Recipes

30-Minute Tomato Zucchini Orzo

Roasting the veggies side-by-side on a single sheet pan makes this 30-minute tomato zucchini orzo a simple recipe that just needs a few spoonfuls of pesto stirred in to finish it.

30-Minute Tomato Zucchini Orzo

Sweet Corn Pesto Pasta

With roasted corn and tomatoes, this sweet corn pesto pasta is a vegetarian pasta that will have you dreaming about more twists on the usual pesto. That’s because there is no basil in the pesto and it also has walnuts.

Sweet Corn Pesto Pasta

Cherry Tomato Eggplant Pasta

This cherry tomato eggplant pasta is an easy, filling dinner that has lots of flavor with a kick of spice and heat. The pasta goes straight from a pot into the skillet with the veggies, chilies, garlic and olive oil.

Cherry Tomato Eggplant Pasta

Burst Tomato Pasta

With a couple pints of tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, you can whip up burst tomato pasta in 15 minutes. Try any noodle shape from fusilli to spaghetti.

Burst Tomato Pasta

Summer Pasta Salad Recipes

Roasted Tomato Garlic Pasta Salad

The vinaigrette for this roasted garlic and tomato pasta salad uses leftover tomato juices from the baking dish along with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Southwestern Pasta Salad

I toss this vegan Southwestern pasta salad in avocado lime dressing. It has a mix of grilled corn, black beans, tomatoes, radishes and scallions. Also, this pasta salad is quickly becoming one of my new favorites.

Southwest Pasta Salad

Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Pasta Salad

This roasted vegetable chickpea pasta salad is packed with zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes plus crispy chickpeas.

Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato Zucchini Squash Pasta Salad

Because this roasted tomato zucchini squash pasta salad is loaded with arugula, green beans, red onions and white balsamic vinaigrette, it’s all about the veggies. 

Roasted Tomato Zucchini Squash Pasta Salad

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Give the tomatoes enough time to marinate with garlic and olive oil, so the flavors develop in this simple heirloom tomato bruschetta pasta salad with basil.

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Gnocchi

Sheet Pan Cherry Tomato Gnocchi

Ready in 30 minutes, this sheet pan cherry tomato gnocchi is a quick and easy one-pan meal. I season it with a mix of dried spices. To finish, I sprinkle it with shaved Parmesan.

Sheet Pan Cherry Tomato Gnocchi

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