30 Summer Pasta Recipes Bursting With the Freshest Flavors of the Season

It's impastable to resist these easy dinners.

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Becky Luigart-Stayner

Sure, pasta salad might be one of the most popular dishes of the summer (especially if your neighborhood likes to host backyard barbecues), but it's certainly not the only way you can enjoy carbs this season. These summer pasta recipes are absolutely delicious dishes to serve throughout the warmer months. Bursting with colorful vegetables and fresh herbs, every one of these tasty meals is impressive enough for a special supper, but still super easy to whip up for a weeknight dinner. Your family—kids included—will savor every forkful of these bowls. Because let's be honest: Who doesn't love a plate piled high with pasta?

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summer pasta recipes gnocchi
Brian Woodcock
Potato Gnocchi With Pork Ragù

Handmade pillows of potato pasta just can't be beat. Especially when they're topped with fresh herbs and a heaping of Parmesan cheese.

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BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
Pasta With Sautéed Peppers, Zucchini, and Smoked Mozzarella

This colorful plate showcases a fresh vegetables of the season. Maybe the best part about this bright dish? It all comes together in just 30 minutes.

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summer pasta recipes cacio pepe
Brian Woodcock
Chicken and Arugula Cacio e Pepe

Baby arugula adds a slight bite to this summery cacio e pepe recipe. Don't forget to serve each plate with additional Parmesan—after all, you can never have too much cheese!

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summer pasta recipes caprese
Dinner at the Zoo
Caprese Pasta

Customize this spin on a classic Caprese salad with a protein of your choice. However, the 15-minute dish (yes, really) is still super tasty as is.

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summer pasta recipes shrimp
Natasha's Kitchen
Shrimp Scampi Pasta With Asparagus

This blogger notes her fuss-free pasta plate "is perfect for busy weeknights because it’s easy, takes less than 30 minutes, and tastes like fine dining." We're sold!

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Culinary Hill
Creamy Chicken Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Fresh pasta makes all the difference in this easy bowl. Not only does it taste great, but it also cooks to al dente perfection in just two to three minutes.

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Recipe Runner
Creamy Lemon Goat Cheese Pasta With Chickpeas and Asparagus

Weeknight dinners just got even better—and healthier—thanks to this one-pot wonder. It's a great way to get the little ones not only eating, but actually enjoying their veggies too.

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Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Lemon Artichoke and Browned Butter Pasta

You don't need meat to make a dish hearty. This surprisingly simple summer pasta recipe features butter-roasted walnuts and fresh burrata that makes every bite absolutely decadent.

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summer pasta recipes pesto shrimp
Ambitious Kitchen
Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Homemade pesto makes all the difference in this blogger's "date night in" dish. She recommends serving it with a slice of garlic bread or a side salad.

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Jo Cooks
Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pasta

Feel free to customize this velvety plate with your favorite type of nut. Although this blogger prefers pecans, she notes that pine nuts, walnuts, pistachios, or almonds would also work well.

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Brian Woodcock
Ginger Garlic Chicken Ramen

Snow peas, mushrooms, and a broth base keep this homemade ramen light.

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Yellow Bliss Road
Lemon Garlic Pasta

Add in chicken or shrimp to this one-pot dish for extra protein.

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summer pasta recipes fettuccine
Cooktoria
Chicken Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

All it takes is six ingredients and 30 minutes to make a delicious weeknight dinner. This blogger says sausage and shrimp would also work "wonderfully" in the dish.

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summer pasta recipes spicy
Half Baked Harvest
Spicy Pesto, Asparagus, and Ricotta Pasta With Crispy Prosciutto

The combination of creamy ricotta and thinly sliced prosciutto with a homemade pesto makes this surprisingly simple recipe absolutely mouthwatering.

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Sizzling Eats
Bacon, Spinach, and Caramelized Onion Pasta

Bacon, spinach and onions are always a good idea.

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Slimming Eats
Fajita Chicken Pasta

Swap out tortillas for penne pasta with this hearty Mexican meal.

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Damn Delicious
Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

Tossed with fresh arugula, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese, this 20-minute dish is full of flavor, down to the very last bite.

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Julia's Album
Creamy Chicken Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella Sauce

Don't be intimidated by a homemade pasta sauce—it's seriously easy and tastes so much better than a store-bought one.

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Gimme Some Oven
Easy Balsamic Veggie Pasta

Asparagus, broccoli, and red bell peppers gives this dish beautiful bright colors and tons of flavor.

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Whisk It Real Gud
Cajun Chicken Pasta

Customize this weeknight friendly dinner with your favorite noodles and your preferred amount of heat.

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Iain Bagwell
Sweet Pea and Mint Stuffed Shells

Ricotta is a traditional filling for pasta shells, but there's nothing common about this recipe, which features special flavor from sweet peas and fresh mint.

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Courtesy of Julia's Album
Creamy Broccoli, Chicken, and Bacon Pasta

Seasoned chicken, crispy bacon, veggies, and cheesy fettuccine—this pasta dish is so easy to make for dinner and will please the whole crowd.

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Jonny Valiant
Spinach Pesto with Pasta

On busy summer days when you haven't had a chance to think about dinner at all, this simple dish is a quick, delicious solution.

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Shrimp Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Spinach

Shrimp cooked in white wine and mixed with linguine, spinach, and sun-dried tomato pesto makes for a simple, hearty dinner everyone will enjoy.

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Courtesy of Krumpli
Summer Tomato and Salmon Pasta

Ready in just 25 minutes, this light but satisfying summer dish pairs sliced salmon fillet with fresh tomatoes for a perfect combination of flavors.

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Jonny Valiant
Orecchiette with Creamy Chipotle & Corn

The Southwestern flavors of this pasta coated in an adobo chipotle chile cream sauce perfectly pairs with the sweetness from fresh corn.

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Courtesy of A Beautiful Plate
Spaghettini with Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs

Whether you're cooking for a special occasion or a regular weeknight meal, this gorgeous dish is guaranteed to impress all. The roasted tomatoes are perfect for a summer meal, and the toasted breadcrumbs (sautéed in garlic and shallot) add a plethora of flavor all on their own.

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Instagram
Simple Fettuccine with Zucchini Ribbons

This easy fettuccine was made for a summer family meal, sneaking in some veggies with the delicious ribbons of zucchini.

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Frances Janisch
Summer Pasta with No-Cook Gazpacho Sauce

Fresh summer vegetables like tomato, bell pepper, onion, and garlic—the same used in traditional Spanish gazpacho—are mixed into this summer pasta.

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Jonny Valiant
Pasta with Chicken, Vegetables & Spinach Pesto

Besides boiling the pasta, no cooking is required for this fresh mixture of shredded chicken, grape tomatoes, red onion, and pasta with garlic and lemon zest.

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