Think Beyond Pasta Salad with These Summer Pasta Recipes

a plate of shrimp and asparagus pasta
38 Summer Pasta Recipes for Warm Weather DiningBecky Luigart-Stayner

If the words "pasta for dinner" has you thinking only of boring red-sauce meals or super heavy winter dishes like bolognese, then it's time to think again!

Summer may be our favorite season for pasta. Because it cooks quickly and is adaptable to such a wide array of flavors, these summer pasta recipes make it easy to get a filling dinner on the table quickly, without overheating the kitchen. With light, bright flavors like lemon, fresh tomato, asparagus, roasted veggies, olives, and more, you could make a different pasta every night of the month and never be bored!

Here, find more than three dozen of our favorite summer pasta recipes—there's sure to be something your family will love!

White Wine-Garlic Pasta with Scallops

This 15-minute meal has it all: a bright, lemony flavor, yummy pan-seared scallops, and perfectly-cooked linguine. It's everything you want in a summer meal.

Get the recipe for White Wine-Garlic Pasta with Scallops.

two bowls of linguine with scallops
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta

This light, bright, easy and delicious fettuccine dish cooks in just 25 minutes, won't weigh you down, and is perfect for warm-weather eating. Serve it al fresco with a glass of white wine for an elegant dinner treat!

Get the recipe for Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta.

a plate of shrimp and asparagus pasta
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Brown Butter Tortellini with Toasted Garlic and Asparagus

When fresh asparagus is available, we just can't get enough of it! Cheese tortellini, some butter, and a few herbs are all you need to round out this summery dish.

Get the recipe for Brown Butter Tortellini with Toasted Garlic and Asparagus.

brown butter tortellini with toasted garlic and asparagus
Jennifer Causey

Caprese Pasta Salad

This classic combo turns into the perfect pasta salad for summer picnics! Add chicken for extra protein or keep it vegetarian.

Get the recipe for Caprese Pasta Salad.

caprese pasta salad in a serving bowl with a large spoon for serving
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Classic Tuna Macaroni Salad

Not only is this recipe super quick and easy to whip up, it's great for everything from weeknight dinners to cookout sides. You'll have an empty bowl at the end either way!

Get the recipe for Classic Tuna Macaroni Salad.

classic tuna macaroni salad in a serving bowl and some in two bowls with spoons
Becky Luigart-Stayner

The Best 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

Add this speedy version of classic Beef Stroganoff to your summer dinner rotation. You can have it on the table in just 30 minutes!

Get the recipe for The Best 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff.

best 30 minute beef stroganoff in a bowl with a fork
Ian Palmer

Easy-Peasy Stovetop Mac 'n Cheesy

This super-smart stovetop mac is as fast as the boxed stuff, and tastier! It cooks quickly so you won't have to handle the heat for too long!

Get the recipe for Easy-Peasy Stovetop Mac 'n Cheesy.

stove top mac and cheese with peas in two bowls with spoons
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Easy Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Looking for a fast, light summer dinner? You can make this classic Italian pasta in less time than it takes delivery to arrive.

Get the recipe for Easy Shrimp Scampi Pasta.

shrimp scampi pasta on a pink plate
Ian Palmer

The Take-to-Every-BBQ Pasta Salad

A solid, no-nonsense bowl of pasta salad at a cookout is like the bass riff in a great Country song: It may not get all the attention, but everyone would notice if it was missing. This Italian summer pasta is the one you want.

Get the recipe for Basic Pasta Salad.

basic pasta salad recipe in a bowl with a vintage serving spoon
Ian Palmer

Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

This cold summer pasta salad is packed with fresh grilled veggies, making it a delicious and healthy option for meatless Mondays.

Get the recipe for Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad.

grilled ratatouille pasta salad in a bowl with a wood spoon
Brian Woodcock

Easiest-Ever Chicken Alfredo

Switch up pasta night with this super-easy homemade sauce.

Get the recipe for Easiest-Ever Chicken Alfredo.

easiest ever chicken alfredo on a plate on a dinner table
Ian Palmer

Pan-Seared Gnocchi with Parmesan-Roasted Summer Squash and Herbs

Instead of boiling gnocchi like pasta, a quick turn in a hot skillet gives them a slight char and a delightful crunchy-chewy texture.

Get the recipe for Pan-Seared Gnocchi.

pan seared gnocchi with parmesan roasted summer squash and herbs in a pan and on a dinner plate
Hector M. Sanchez

Orzo Pasta Salad

This perfectly packable pasta salad is ideal for picnics.

Get the recipe for Orzo Pasta Salad.

orzo pasta salad in a bowl with a spoon
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Easy, Peasy Fettuccini Alfredo

This light summer vegetarian dinner is fast and satisfying.

Get the recipe for Easy, Peasy Fettuccini Alfredo.

fettuccini alfredo on plates with a glass of wine
Ian Palmer

Spring Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Dill

The snappy English peas and lightly roasted salmon add quite a lot to this simple, hearty dish, but it's the fresh dill that really ties the whole thing together.

Get the recipe for Spring Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Dill.

spring pasta with salmon, peas, and dill in a scalloped serving bowl with asparagus salt and pepper shakers
Brian Woodcock

Broccolini Pasta Salad

Smoked almonds and plenty of veggies give this traditional pasta salad a little extra crunch.

Get the recipe for Broccolini Pasta Salad.

broccolini pasta salad in a serving bowl on a picnic blanket
Brian Woodcock

Deviled Eggs Pasta Salad

For those who love deviled eggs, love pasta salad, and don't like to decide, we present this: The best of both combined into one.

Get the recipe for Deviled Eggs Pasta Salad.

deviled eggs pasta salad
Hearst Owned

Ritzy Ranch Mac ’n’ Cheese

Mac and cheese is practically a must-have side at summer barbecues. These super simple pantry upgrades will have folks begging for the recipe.

Get the recipe for Ritzy Ranch Mac ’n’ Cheese.

ritzy ranch mac ’n’ cheese in a baking dish on a cutting board
Hector M. Sanchez

Pea-and-Mint Stuffed Shells

This springy dish is like a cousin to mac and cheese. It uses enormous shells to hold oodles of fresh ricotta blended with mozzarella and Romano. And there are generous helpings of peas and fresh mint to boot.

Get the recipe for Pea-and-Mint Stuffed Shells.

pea and mint stuffed shells in a baking dish on a table
Brian Woodcock

Pearl Couscous with Leeks and Peas

Believe it or not couscous is a pasta — though you typically steam it instead of boiling. Here, fresh leeks and radishes give this dish a bevy of flavor. It's good as a side or a main, and tasty hot or cold.

Get the recipe for Pearl Couscous with Leeks and Peas.

pearl couscous with leeks and peas in a serving bowl
Brian Woodcock

Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

The cauliflower gives this dish an even richer, cheesier taste.

Get the recipe for Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese.

cauliflower mac 'n' cheese
Brian Woodcock

Fava-Bean Pasta Salad with Garlic-Scape Pesto

If you're growing garlic in your garden, this is one of the best ways to use up the scapes—the long, green, tendril-like stalks with mild garlic flavor that pop up in the spring. And if not, pick some up scapes at your local farmers' market.

Get the recipe for Fava-Bean Pasta Salad.

fava bean pasta salad with garlic scape pesto in a red rimmed bowl
Andrew Purcell

Potato Gnocchi with Pork Ragù

These handmade pillows of potato pasta are delicious year-round, but they really sing with handfuls of garden-fresh herbs.

Get the recipe for Potato Gnocchi with Pork Ragù.

potato gnocchi with pork ragù in small plates on a cutting board with cheese
Brian Woodcock

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.

Get the recipe for Pasta with Sautéed Peppers, Zucchini, and Smoked Mozzarella.

pasta with sautéed peppers, zucchini, and smoked mozzarella on dinner plates
Becky Luigart-Stayner

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!

Get the recipe for Chicken and Arugula Cacio e Pepe.

chicken and arugula cacio e pepe
Brian Woodcock

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.

Get the recipe for Spinach Pesto with Pasta.

spinach pesto with pasta
Jonny Valiant

Ginger Garlic Chicken Ramen

Fresh snap peas, mushrooms, and a rich broth base keep this homemade ramen healthy and delicious.

Get the recipe for Ginger Garlic Chicken Ramen.

summer pasta recipes ramen
Brian Woodcock

Queso Mac and Cheese

Tomatoes, slightly spicy green chiles, and crunchy corn chip pieces make this homemade mac pretty extraordinary.

Get the recipe for Queso Mac and Cheese.

queso mac and cheese in a green baking dish
Brian Woodcock

Shrimp Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Spinach

Sweet sun-dried tomatoes are an underrated pantry ingredient. Here, they make an intensely tasty pesto sauce for this summery, shrimp-studded pasta.

Get the recipe for Shrimp Linguine.

shrimp linguine
Hearst Owned

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.

Get the recipe for Pasta with Chicken, Vegetables & Spinach Pesto.

pasta with chicken, vegetables spinach pesto
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.

Get the recipe for Orecchiette with Creamy Chipotle & Corn.

orecchiette with creamy chipotle corn
Jonny Valiant

Sicilian Pasta Salad

This recipe brings Sicily right to your kitchen - with only 6 ingredients!

Get the recipe for Sicilian Pasta Salad.

sicilian pasta salad
Con Poulos

Summer Weeknight Burst Tomato Burrata Pasta

This is summer comfort food at its best! Grab your fresh tomatoes and whip this one up for dinner tonight.

Get the recipe for Summer Weeknight Burst Tomato Burrata Pasta at How Sweet Eats.

burst tomato burrata pasta on a plate garnished with basil leaves
How Sweet Eats

Creamy Herb Tuna Pasta Salad

It doesn't get more classic than a tuna pasta salad. This version gets a big flavor boost from fresh rosemary and parsley — and from a heap of garlic powder.

Get the recipe for Creamy Herb Tuna Pasta Salad at Beautiful Eats and Things.

creamy herb tuna pasta salad in a serving bowl
Courtesy Beautiful Eats & Things

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.

Get the recipe for Caprese Pasta at Dinner at the Zoo.

caprese pasta in a large bowl for serving
Dinner at the Zoo

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!

Get the recipe for Shrimp Scampi Pasta With Asparagus at Natasha's Kitchen.

shrimp scampi pasta with asparagus in a skillet
Natasha's Kitchen

Creamy Lemon Goat Cheese Pasta With Chickpeas and Asparagus

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

Get the recipe for Creamy Lemon Goat Cheese Pasta With Chickpeas and Asparagus at Recipe Runner.

lemon pasta with goat cheese peas and asparagus
Recipe Runner

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.

Get the recipe for Roasted Lemon Artichoke and Browned Butter Pasta at Half Baked Harvest.

roasted lemon artichoke and browned butter pasta in a large bowl for serving
Half Baked Harvest

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