25 Summer Pasta Recipes to Add Your Meal Plan

updated May 1, 2019
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There are hearty, indulgent baked pasta dishes best reserved for winter nights, and then there are these gems: warm weather-inspired recipes where the comfort of pasta converges with fresh summer flavor. These weeknight-friendly dinners are easy and comforting without being too heavy.

From a farmers market-inspired pasta dinner and pesto tortellini, to one-pot puttanesca and a made-for-summer mac and cheese, here are 25 pasta dinners to add to your meal plan right now.

Light and Simple Summer Pasta

If your quick dinner fallback is pasta and a jar of sauce, but it leaves you craving something a little more substantial, these recipes are for you. They are all fresh and inspiring, and come together quickly with no fuss.

Farmers Market Pasta Dinners

Still figuring out how to use up all those veggies from your CSA haul or trip to the farmers market last weekend? A summery pasta dinner is always a good idea. These recipes will show you how to use up all the vegetables and herbs with ease.

Meaty Pasta Dinners

Grab some chicken breast, ground meat, sausage, or even shrimp, and your pasta dinner is instantly more filling.

Skillet and One-Pot Pasta Dinners

When the words “skillet” or “one-pot” appear in the title of a recipe, consider that code for “super easy.” Each of these weeknight-friendly dinners comes together in a single pot or pan for easy cooking and even easier cleanup.