Whether planning a picnic, hosting a backyard barbecue, or enjoying a quiet evening at home, these 25 summer pasta recipes will surely delight your palate.

From zesty lemoninfused spaghetti to creamy pasta salads, this roundup offers a diverse array of dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

25 easy summer pasta recipes

We’ve included something for every palate —whether you prefer the simplicity of a classic pesto or the boldness of roasted pepper rigatoni, every recipe is designed to make the most of summer’s produce.

So grab your favorite pasta pot, and get ready to savor your way through these (mostly) Mediterranean-inspired summer pasta meals.

1. Creamy pasta salad

Creamy pasta salad with mayo and olives

We start this recipe roundup with a creamy, nutritious, colorful pasta salad.

With crispy vegetables and creamy mayonnaise, this pasta salad is ideal for potlucksbarbequescookouts, and picnics.

2. Chickpea pasta salad

chickpea pasta salad with avocado

Our chickpea pasta salad is excellent for spring and summer when cherry tomatoes and cucumber are in season.

It’s versatile, tasty, and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and plantbased protein from wholesome ingredients.

3. Lemon pasta

Creamy Lemon Pasta Recipe

Lemon pasta is a quick and simple pasta dish similar to the famous Italian aglio olio but with the addition of lemon zest and lemon juice to make a zesty lemon sauce.

It’s the perfect light and satisfying pasta dish for warm summer nights.

4. Red pepper pasta

Red Pepper Pasta is a bowl with basil

Indulge in the fresh flavors of summer with this creamy roasted red pepper pasta.

The roasted red peppers give a sweet and smoky flavor, perfectly complementing the luscious almond cream sauce.

5. Eggplant pasta

pasta alla norma or eggplant with pasta sauce

Our next summer pasta combines tender roasted eggplant with a rich tomato sauce.

Tender eggplant cubes, roasted to perfection, mingle with canned tomato, infusing the pasta with a burst of Mediterranean flavors.

Cook it with al dente rigatoni and mix it with fresh basil; every bite is a taste of Southern Italian cooking.

6. Mushroom pasta

vegan mushroom pasta in a bowl

Try this fettuccine with sautèed mushrooms, parsley, and juicy cherry tomatoes.

The blend of flavors and textures creates a light dinner perfect for summer and family dinners.

Each bite of this pasta is a mix of Italian flavors and wholesome plantbased ingredients.

7. White bean pasta salad

Vegan pasta salad with beans and cherry tomatoes

Our next summer meal is a colorful pasta salad, which is lovely as a satisfying vegetarian lunch idea.

This pasta dish mixes fresh veggies, cannellini beans, and perfectly cooked bowtie pasta.

Each forkful is a blend of crisp cucumbers, juicy cherry tomatoes, and sweet canned corn, all tossed in a creamy mustard dressing.

8. Cherry tomato pasta

Cherry tomato pasta with basil

This cherry tomato pasta showcases the creativity and simplicity of Italian food. 

The ingredients are simple: we mix pastacherry tomatoesolive oilgarlicbasil, and parmesan cheese.

It’s an excellent vegetarian dinner idea for summer and fall, and it takes just 30 minutes to make.

9. Broccoli pasta

pasta with broccoli in a bowl

This easytomake recipe will please both pasta lovers and veggie enthusiasts alike.

This simple yet flavorful dish combines tender orecchiette pasta with the goodness of a mashed broccoli sauce.

In 20 minutes, you and your family can enjoy this delicious meatless meal, perfect for summer and autumn.

10. Penne arrabbiata

Penne Arrabbiata in a white bowl with fresh parsley

You need just a handful of simple ingredients with our following summer pasta recipe.

Penne arrabbiata is a quick dish and our goto recipe for an easy weeknight dinner with a creamy and rich tomato sauce.

The fiery notes of red pepper flakes (or chili) perfectly complement the sweetness of tomatoes, creating a harmonious blend of Italian flavors.

11. Spaghetti salad

Spaghetti salad with fork

This easy spaghetti salad is a delicious barbecue side dish and picnic idea.

It is packed with fresh vegetables like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, adding a delicious crunch to every bite.

We toss the ingredients with lemon dressing and garnish with parsley; it’s a musttry for any outdoor gathering.

12. Peanut noodles

Peanut noodles with fork and broccoli

Try this peanut saucesmothered linguine pasta with fresh bell pepper. It can be served cold, making it an excellent choice for warm summer nights.

If you like creamy and nutty flavors, this bowl of goodness will be perfect for you.

13. Aglio e Olio spaghetti

garlic and oil pasta aglio olio

This 15minute dish is the perfect base recipe to build on and customize with your favorite veggies, such as broccoli, artichokes, and asparagus.

Spaghetti aglio e olio is an easy pasta dish from Italy where the spaghetti is tossed in a simple and tasty garlic, chillis, parsley, and olive oil sauce.

14. Pesto pasta salad

Pesto pasta salad with pine nuts

This pesto pasta salad brings a burst of refreshing flavors in every bite.

We add peppery arugula, juicy cherry tomatoes, and tangy olives, and this pasta’s nutty and creamy flavors pack a punch.

15. Sesame noodles

Sesame noodles with grilled tofu

Sweet mango, grilled tofu, refreshing cucumber, and nutty peanut sauce elevate this sesame noodle dish.

Packed with nutritious ingredients, they offer a satisfying and guiltfree lunch and dinner idea for hot summer days.

16. High-protein pasta

high protein vegan pasta with silken tofu and fresh basil leaves

Try this protein-rich pasta recipe with smooth tofu and bell peppers; it is a balanced and creamy blend of wholesome ingredients.

The tofu adds an incredible creaminess and plenty of plant protein to keep you satiated for hours.

17. Zucchini pasta

Zucchini Past with fork and pine nuts

Calling all zucchini fans and creamy pasta lovers. This zucchini pasta offers a velvety, rich grated zucchini sauce, elevated with yogurt and parmesan.

Garnish this onepot pasta with fragrant basil and toasted pine nuts for a restaurantworthy taste and look.

18. Spaghetti pomodoro

tomato basil pasta or spaghetti al pomodoro with shaved parmesan

Another summer pasta favorite is this 6-ingredient Italian pasta classic.

In just 20 minutes, you can create a delightful spaghetti Pomodoro with homemade tomato sauce, fresh basil, juicy cherry tomatoes, and canned tomatoes.

It’s a quick, familyfriendly meal with a perfect balance of tanginess and herbaceous notes.

19. Asparagus pasta

Asparagus pasta with green peas

Our creamy one-pot asparagus pasta offers the best of spring and summer flavors.

We combine tender asparagus spears, al dente pasta, and a cheesy sauce for a satisfying meal.

Whether you’re an asparagus lover or simply looking to cook with asparagus in a new way, this dish is a musttry.

20. Lemon ricotta pasta

spinach and ricotta pasta with fork

You can make this milky and creamy ricotta spinach pasta in 20 minutes.

It’s an easy recipe for a protein-rich vegetarian dinner with just eight ingredients. 

21. Mushroom Alfredo

Mushroom Alfredo in a bowl with a fork

Mushroom Alfredo is an excellent recipe for late summer with sautéed mushrooms and a creamy, dreamy sauce.

Make it in 15 minutes with cream, butter, and parmesan; it’s an indulgent and delicious way to enjoy spaghetti.

TIP: this dish is easily made dairy-free and can be adapted to vegan eaters.

22. Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca with a fork

This Italian recipe, Puttanesca pasta, is a quick and straightforward pasta that tastes amazing.

It’s one of those meals that make you wonder how a few simple ingredients like tomatoes, olives, and capers can make such a tasty sauce.

23. Artichoke pasta

Artichoke pasta in a bowl with lemon

The secret to the creaminess of this artichoke pasta is to blend some of the artichokes and turn them into a velvetytasty sauce.

This spring and summerperfect pasta meal makes a delicious, family-friendly dinner.

24. Macaroni salad

Macaroni salad with peas

This creamy macaroni salad epitomizes a perfect summer pasta salad, combining al dente macaroni with a luscious mayonnaise dressing.

Adding proteinrich peas, crisp bell peppers, and olives creates a delicious mix of flavors. This creamy pasta dish is perfect for picnics and barbecues.

25. Pesto pasta with green beans

pesto pasta with green beans and small potatoes

This green and nutty pesto pasta with green beans is an easy meal with herby and rich flavor.

Enjoy this pasta salad at a scenic picnic spot, as a comforting meal at home, or packed into a lunchbox.

This 20minute meal will satisfy and impress with its bright colors and indulgent taste.

What to serve with summer pasta recipes

Try these wholesome and easy side dishes that pair perfectly with summer pasta:

For many more pasta ideas, check out our pasta category page.

25 delicious summer pasta recipes

25 Summer Pasta Recipes

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 1 vote
These 25 Summer Pasta Recipes are perfect for summer gatherings and as quick and nutritious meals.
Try our creamy pasta salad with mayonnaise; it is a tangy, crunchy, creamy, and refreshing recipe you can make with your favorite pasta and crips veggies in about 20 minutes.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces pasta fusilli, rotini, elbows, etc.
  • 1 can (15-oz) cannellini beans or chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 cups red bell pepper diced
  • 1 heaping cup cucumber diced
  • ½ cup corn canned
  • ½ cup olives sliced
  • 1 shallot or red onion, sliced
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • ½ cup pickles chopped
  • 3 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill finely chopped
  • ¾ cup vegan mayo or regular mayo
  • ½ lemon juice and grated zest
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as per package instructions.
    Drain it and rinse it under cold water for 15 seconds so it doesn't overcook and keeps al dente. While the pasta cooks, you can prep the veggies.
    cooked pasta in colander
  • To a large bowl, add all ingredients.
    Creamy pasta salad with fresh and pickled vegetables
  • Toss well until the pasta is thoroughly coated. Taste and adjust for mayo, salt, and lemon juice based on your preference.
    Serve immediately or store in the fridge covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.
    Creamy pasta salad with mayo and lemon

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 serving of creamy pasta salad out of 6.
STORAGE
Make ahead: this creamy pasta salad is an excellent recipe to make ahead of time and bring to potlucks and picnics or for meal prep. However, I would not recommend making it more than 24 to 36 hours ahead of time because the veggies release water making your pasta salad soggy.
Refrigerator: keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I recommend taking it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving it for the best flavor.
Freezer: this recipe is not suitable for freezing.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 336mg, Dietary Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1887IU, Vitamin B6: 0.3mg, Vitamin C: 74mg, Vitamin E: 1mg, Vitamin K: 41µg, Calcium: 61mg, Folate: 46µg, Iron: 2mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 40mg, Zinc: 1mg
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