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.
- 3-Ingredient Buttery White Wine Pasta Sauce
- Pasta alla Gricia
- How To Make Creamy Avocado Pasta
- Lemon Caper Pasta
- One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca
- Ruth Reichl's Savory Sweet Pasta for Michael
- Lemony Ricotta Pasta with Basil
- Lemony Pesto Pasta with Edamame & Almonds
- Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti Dinner
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.
- Farmers Market Pasta Dinner
- Feta & Eggplant Pasta Salad
- Vegan Beet Pesto Pasta
- Gnocchi with Squash & Sweet Corn
- Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
- Creamy Corn Mac and Cheese
- Herbed Gnocchi and Mushrooms
- 10-Minute Garlicky Tomato Spaghetti
Meaty Pasta Dinners
Grab some chicken breast, ground meat, sausage, or even shrimp, and your pasta dinner is instantly more filling.
- Chicken and Broccoli Penne Pasta
- Greek Pasta with Lamb, Zucchini, and Feta
- Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet
- One-Pot Shrimp Scampi
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.