Pasta is easily one of my most favorite meals, and I have no shame in admitting it's on weekly rotation in my household — all year long. I stock my pantry with noodles of all shapes and sizes, ready to be grabbed and transformed into a simple dinner with the addition of a green salad and perhaps a glass of wine.
Come summer, pasta night still prevails, but to honor the laziness of the season, my pastas become lazier. I'm talking about one-pot or single-skillet pasta dinners. It's hard to argue with their ease of prep and cleanup. Whether I'm craving something light and fresh, with loads of farmers market veggies, or something a touch more homey and comforting, these 10 recipes have my back all summer long.
Light and Fresh Summer Pastas
When it's hot and sticky out, I want a pasta dish that won't weigh me down. The key is to reach for bright flavors (think: fresh herbs, seasonal vegetables like corn and arugula, and lean protein like ground turkey, shrimp, and chicken sausage).
- One-Pot Shrimp Scampi
- Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Corn & Parsley Pesto
- One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca
- Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet
- Turkey and Greens Skillet Pasta
- One-Pot Orzo Pasta with Feta, Olives & Artichokes
Rich and Comforting Summer Pastas
And then there are those days when you just need something a little extra creamy and comforting — say, for a stormy summer Sunday. A rich sauce made from brie cheese or a skillet pasta loaded with tomatoes and spiced ground beef should definitely do the trick.