When the summer heat kicks in, there’s nothing better than enjoying a light, refreshing pasta dish. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal or something to impress at your next potluck, these summer pasta recipes have got you covered. Packed with fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors, these dishes will keep you cool and satisfied all season long.

A bowl of pasta topped with meat sauce, grated cheese, and basil leaves, surrounded by additional dishes and ingredients on a table.
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Lemon Feta Spinach Pasta

Lemon pasta with spinach, feta and cherry tomatoes in a bowl.
Lemon Feta Spinach Pasta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This Mediterranean-inspired pasta is a breeze to make, featuring lemon, spinach, and feta. It’s a refreshing choice for summer, perfect as a vegetarian meal or with your favorite protein.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Feta Spinach Pasta

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Lemon ricotta pasta with cherry tomatoes and basil on a white plate.
Lemon Ricotta Pasta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This lemon ricotta pasta is a quick, light meal. Creamy ricotta pairs with basil and tomatoes to keep things fresh and vibrant, making it a great summer dish.
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Pasta Checca with Burrata

Pasta Checca with burst tomatoes and burrata on a white serving platter.
Pasta Checca with Burrata. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Enjoy this updated Italian classic with small burst heirloom tomatoes and burrata. Its light and fresh flavors make it perfect for summer dining.
Get the Recipe: Pasta Checca with Burrata

Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad

Tofu balsamic pasta salad in a glass bowl with white rubber spatula.
Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This tofu pasta salad is a light, healthy option packed with fresh summer vegetables and an easy balsamic dressing. It’s a protein-rich way to enjoy pasta while staying cool.
Get the Recipe: Balsamic Tofu Pasta Salad

Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad With Green Olives

Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad With Green Olives. Photo credit: Lavender & Macarons.

Perfect for picnics or potlucks, this pasta salad is hearty and rich with marinated mushrooms and bold dressing flavors. Thinly sliced mushrooms absorb plenty of marinade for a tasty summer treat.
Get the Recipe: Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad With Green Olives

Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad. Photo credit: Lavender & Macarons.

Cheese-filled tortellini, fresh veggies, and a tangy homemade dressing make this salad a delightful summer meal. The creamy Cotija cheese and tangy dressing add a delicious contrast of textures and flavors.
Get the Recipe: Tortellini Salad

Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad

Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Lavender & Macarons.

This tuna pasta salad is refreshing and family-friendly, ideal for warm summer days. It’s quick to prepare, making it a great choice for lunch or potlucks without heating up the kitchen.
Get the Recipe: Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

A perfect side dish for summer picnics, this BLT pasta salad brings together the classic BLT flavors in a new way. It’s easy to prepare and great for gatherings.
Get the Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. Photo credit: My Everyday Table.

This summer meal combines tender pasta and crisp romaine lettuce with a homemade Caesar dressing, grilled chicken, Parmesan, and crunchy breadcrumbs. It’s a balanced, tasty dish.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad. Photo credit: My Everyday Table.

With bright flavors and salty bites, this Greek orzo pasta salad includes cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta, and fresh dill, all tossed with tender pasta and red wine vinaigrette.
Get the Recipe: Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Pancetta Pea Pasta

Pancetta Pea Pasta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Rich and creamy, this dish combines meaty pancetta, peas, and cheese. It’s a cozy dinner option that still feels light enough for summer evenings.
Get the Recipe: Pancetta Pea Pasta

Easy Shrimp Linguine

Easy Shrimp Linguine. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Covered in a lemon butter sauce, this shrimp linguine is ready in just 20 minutes. It’s a quick and easy meal that’s perfect for family dinners on warm nights.
Get the Recipe: Easy Shrimp Linguine

Pesto Fettuccini with Bolognese Sauce

Pesto Fettuccini with Bolognese Sauce. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Combining hearty Italian beef Bolognese with fettuccine pasta and pesto, this dish is perfect for those who love robust flavors in a lighter summer pasta.
Get the Recipe: Pesto Fettuccini with Bolognese Sauce

Mushroom Ragu

Mushroom Ragu. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This vegan mushroom ragu is a flavorful, meatless sauce perfect for spaghetti. It’s a great choice for a vegetable-rich summer meal.
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Trenette Al Pesto

Trenette Al Pesto. Photo credit: Six Hungry Feet.

Inspired by the Disney Pixar movie “Luca” or Liguria, this dish is easy to make with simple ingredients. It’s a delicious and light pasta meal perfect for summer.
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Very Veganish Kale Orzo Pasta Salad

Very Veganish Kale Orzo Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Very Veganish.

Featuring dried cranberries, cheesy pecan parmesan, and a sweet lemon garlic dressing, this kale orzo pasta salad is a healthy and scrumptious option for meal prep or batch cooking.
Get the Recipe: Very Veganish Kale Orzo Pasta Salad

Penne Pomodoro

Penne Pomodoro. Photo credit: Maricruz Avalos.

This straightforward penne pomodoro recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. It’s a satisfying meal that doesn’t require complicated cooking techniques.
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Super Green Pasta

Super Green Pasta. Photo credit: Occasionally Eggs.

This green pasta features a quick sauce made with basil, leafy greens, and zucchini. It’s a speedy dinner ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta.
Get the Recipe: Super Green Pasta

Simple Cherry Tomato Pasta

Simple Cherry Tomato Pasta. Photo credit: Let’s Go Tomato.

On warm summer days, this cherry tomato pasta is a comforting and fresh option. It’s quick to make and promises a rich and flavorful experience.
Get the Recipe: Simple Cherry Tomato Pasta

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