20 Fresh Summer Pastas for Dinner Tonight!


I love to eat pasta year round, even in the summer. During these warmer months I love to pack my pasta meals for of vegetables and fresh flavors. Things like roasted vegetables, basil pesto, and light feta give pasta a wonderful summery lift. Instead of being cloaked in heavy sauces the pasta is surrounded with fresh vibrant flavors and colors. A lot of summer pastas I also eat cold or room temperature which makes it downright refreshing. Here are a few of my favorite summer pastas, I hope they inspire you for dinner tonight!

  • 20 Fresh Summer Pastas for Dinner Tonight 1 of 21
    20 Fresh Summer Pastas for Dinner Tonight
  • Pasta with Kale, Chicken & Bacon 2 of 21
    Pasta with Kale, Chicken & Bacon

    This delicious pasta dish is filled with protein and flavor, and healthy kale! Make it all spring and summer long for an easy family meal.
    Make pasta with kale, chicken and bacon

    Photo: Macki Cayloma

  • Brian Boitano’s Summer Pasta 3 of 21
    Brian Boitano's Summer Pasta

    Straight from genius home cook slash figure-skating star, this awesome summer pasta is brimming with healthy vegetables and is a cinch to make!
    Make Brian Boitano's summer pasta

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Pasta with Meyer Lemon and Arugula Pesto 4 of 21
    Pasta with Meyer Lemon and Arugula Pesto

    This delicious fresh pasta is tossed with healthy green pesto with citrus undertones from the Meyer lemon.
    Make pasta with meyer lemon and arugula pesto

    Photo: Aggie Goodman

  • Pasta with Roasted Corn & Tomato 5 of 21
    Pasta with Roasted Corn & Tomato

    There is nothing quite like fresh summer corn. To give your pasta a corn-y twist toss it with roasted tomatoes and parmesan and enjoy!
    Make pasta with roasted corn and tomato

    Photo: Stacie Billis

  • Pasta with Ramps 6 of 21
    Pasta with Ramps

    Ramps are available for a fleeting moment, but while they are here make this delicious oniony spring pasta!
    Make pasta with ramps

    Photo: Jenny

  • Spring Spaghetti 7 of 21
    Spring Spaghetti

    This delicious spaghetti is so simple and is beautifully lightened up for spring. Make with fresh tomatoes when they become available near you!
    Make spring spaghetti

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s Fried Zucchini Spaghetti 8 of 21
    Gwyneth Paltrow's Fried Zucchini Spaghetti

    With all the zucchini that is available from July through September why not whip up this simple, healthy summer dish? It is brimming with sweet zucchini flavor and is healthy to boot!
    Make Gwyneth Paltrow's Fried Zucchini Spaghetti

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Caprese Pasta Salad 9 of 21
    Caprese Pasta Salad

    One of the best simple pasta salads of summer, this combines the delicious flavor of tomato-basil-mozzarella caprese salad with cooked salted pasta. It is a win-win! Serve it hot for supper, or cold for lunch al fresco.
    Make caprese pasta salad

    Photo: Stacie Billis

  • Pasta Primavera 10 of 21
    Pasta Primavera

    This delicious pasta recipe is loaded up with all sorts of spring vegetables from the garden. Serve it hot with a green salad for a complete dinner and don't forget the save the leftovers for lunch the next day!
    Make pasta primavera

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Lemon Veggie Pasta Salad 11 of 21
    Lemon Veggie Pasta Salad

    This delicious pasta salad is perfect for summer picnics, a quick meal, and even for camp lunches. Load it up with fresh vegetables for your garden and serve it all week long!
    Make lemon veggie pasta salad

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Lemon Sunflower Pesto Pasta 12 of 21
    Lemon Sunflower Pesto Pasta

    This delicious pasta is coated with silky pesto and studded with fresh sunflower seeds. It is perfect for a light vegan summer meal!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Easy Spinach and Tomato Pasta 13 of 21
    Spinach and Tomato Pasta

    How about mixing your greens into your pasta? Get some fresh summer spinach, sweet tomatoes, and this easy meal is ready!

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • Zucchini and Tomato Pasta 14 of 21
    Zucchini and Tomato Pasta Toss

    Need another way to use up all that zucchini? Make this simple zucchini and tomato penne!

    Photo: Aggie Goodman

  • Lemon Pepper Veggie Pasta Salad 15 of 21
    Lemon Pepper Veggie Pasta Salad

    A summer pasta salad loaded with veggies and lemon pepper is ideal for summer. Whip this up tonight and serve it warm or at room temperature!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Sesame Noodles 16 of 21
    Sesame Noodles

    A big bowl of cold sesame noodles can totally hit the spot on a hot summer night!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Greek Pasta Salad 17 of 21
    Greek Pasta Salad

    This refreshing pasta is full of the fresh flavors of a Greek salad. Whip it up for a summer dinner or to take to a potluck!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Lasagna Verde 18 of 21
    Lasagna Verde

    This delicious summery lasagna is layered with delicious fresh basil pesto that is loaded with bright lemon flavor. It is easily the best way to eat lasagna in summer!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Veggie Mac & Cheese 19 of 21
    veggie mac and cheese

    Even Mac & Cheese is good for summer. Toss it with fresh vegetables from your CSA box!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • BLT Bucatini 20 of 21
    BLT Bucatini

    This gorgeous summer bucatini is full of fresh tomato flavor and tossed with summery arugula. Serve up this fresh pasta idea for dinner and your family will go wild!

    Photo: Paula Jones

  • Raw Tomato Basil Sauce 21 of 21
    Raw Tomato Basil Sauce

    This gorgeous tomato sauce is made with fresh, raw tomatoes. It is so delicious and easy and is the best way to use up fresh tomatoes from the garden!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

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