With the arrival of summer sunshine, warm breezes, and higher levels of humidity, a big bowl of pasta might not be something you immediately think of making for lunch or dinner. Nobody wants to turn on their oven for baked lasagna or spend all afternoon sweating in a hot kitchen making the perfect bolognese.
Pasta salads are one great way to enjoy pasta in the hot months ahead — these dishes can quench a carbohydrate craving in the most satisfying way, and they are suitable for many different occasions. Whether for a picnic, lunch at the office, or a dinner made ahead of time, pasta salads are a summer staple.
But pasta salads aren’t the only way to enjoy the likes of spaghetti, linguine, penne or any other form of the Italian staple. There are many hot pasta dishes that can be enjoyed all year round, and some that lend themselves to summer particularly well. Forget three-cheese sauces and heavy meat ragùs and turn instead towards lighter recipes: lemony linguine with lobster; spaghetti with a creamy avocado sauce instead of cream; delicious, bright pesto; and one-pot pastas that will let you enjoy the long summer evenings while effortlessly getting dinner on the table.