24 Pasta Recipes That Are Perfect For Summer

When is the best time to dig into a huge bowl of pasta? Uh, try always. A heaping plate of noodles may not seem like the obvious first choice when you're looking for something to eat during these scorching hot months, but Spoon University is out to prove otherwise. These summer pasta recipes are light, refreshing, and about 100 times more delicious than anything else you will find on the seasonal menu. Whether you are craving some classic spaghetti and marinara sauce or you're feeling a little more adventurous (avocado pesto, anyone?), there is a little noodle lovin' on this list for everybody. From penne with vegetables to pasta primavera, sesame noodles, tofu, zoodles (zucchini + noodles, obviously), and more, you now have an excuse to eat pasta every single night of the week. Are you ready to dig in? Yep, we thought so. Go ahead, grab a glass of wine, and start cooking. Don't let summer stop you from eating what you love best — pasta.

Everyone loves pasta. But during the summer, sometimes it feels a little too heavy to eat a giant bowl of it.

Then again, you can just make one of these refreshingly light pasta recipes instead.

1. Creamy Avocado & Spinach Pasta

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Um, is making this even a question? Get the recipe here.

2. Tomato, Onion, & Basil One-Pan Pasta

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One pot pastas pretty much save lives. Find out how here.

3. Tofu Noodles

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#TofuLovers, represent. Recipe here.

4. Carbonara with Peas and Bacon

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Bacon + eggs + pasta. Recipe here.

5. Zucchini Noodles

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Wait, what’s pasta again? Recipe here.

6. Aglio e Olio with a Fried Egg

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Ugh, so good. Recipe here.

7. Pasta with Creamy Vegan Avocado Pesto Sauce

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I’m in heaven. Get the recipe here.

8. Peanut Sesame Noodles

Photo by Julia Liang

Peanut is life. Recipe here.

9. Sausage and Artichoke Penne

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Whoa. Recipe here.

10. Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

Photo by Katherine Baker

Yummmm. Recipe here.

11. Creamy Tomato and Tuna Penne

Photo by Daniel Schuleman

So you can use that can of tuna that’s been in your pantry forevs. Recipe here.

12. Pasta with White Wine and Porcini Mushroom Sauce

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Impress yo’ friends. Find out how here.

13. Pasta with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce

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Paired with a glass of white wine, obv. Recipe here.

14. Pasta Primavera

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So healthy you’ll forget you’re eating carbs. Get the recipe here.

15. Breadcrumb Penne Pasta

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Carbs on carbs? I’m in. Get the recipe here.

16. Fresh & Spicy Tomato Pasta

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Spice up a classic. Recipe here.

17. Summer Veggie Pasta

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Summer lovin’. Get the recipe here.

18. Sausage, Kale, and Zucchini Bow Ties

Photo by Daniel Schuleman

We know you have kale in your fridge. Get the recipe here.

19. Arugula, Brie, and Mushroom Pasta

Photo by Judy Holtz

Perfect for meatless Mondays. Get the recipe here.

20. Penne Pasta with Balsamic Butter Sauce

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Drooling. Recipe here.

21. Basic Marinara Sauce

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#basic. Find the recipe here.

22. Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, and Mozzarella

Photo by Taylor Kaminsky

I can dig it. Recipe here.

23. 4-Step Basil-Balsamic Pasta Salad

Photo by Katherine Richter

To cool ya down. Get the recipe here.

24. Creamy & Garlicky Proscuitto Spaghetti

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Treat yo’ self. Get the recipe here.

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This article was originally written by Alex Hawkins for Spoon University.