25 Best Hot and Cold Pasta Recipes for Summer Slideshow

Just because it is hot outside doesn’t mean you have say goodbye to pasta

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25 Best Hot and Cold Pasta Recipes for Summer

25 Best Hot and Cold Pasta Recipes for Summer
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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.

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.

Arugula-Basil-Ricotta Pesto Pasta

Arugula-Basil-Ricotta Pesto Pasta
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This light and bright pesto can be made in 10 minutes or less. Arugula adds more peppery flavor to a traditional basil pesto, and ricotta adds creaminess without being too heavy.

For the Arugula-Basil-Ricotta Pesto Pasta recipe, click here.

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad
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This fun pasta salad has all of the flavors of a BLT, with a tasty dressing make with ranch and a tiny bit of barbecue sauce for a sweet and smoky finish. It is easy to make and will satisfy big appetites without leaving anyone in a food coma!

For the BLT Pasta Salad recipe, click here.

Broccoli Rabe and Shiitake Penne Pasta

Umami flavors from the mushrooms complement the broccoli rabe and the walnuts add a lovely and surprising crunch to this pasta recipe. Mustard and vinegar also add a pleasant kick to this dish that is simple enough to make for an easy weeknight dinner.

For the Broccoli Rabe and Shiitake Penne Pasta recipe, click here

Edamame Spaghetti With Kale Cilantro Pesto

This pesto is loaded with flavor. Kale, cilantro, almonds, and serrano chiles make this pesto extra special, while edamame spaghetti adds extra protein to this dish. Use your favorite pasta in place of edamame spaghetti if you prefer.

For the Edamame Spaghetti With Kale Cilantro Pesto recipe, click here.

Green Lentil Penne With Goat Cheese Sauce

If you are craving something cheesy that is still light enough for summer, something creamy, yet sharp — then goat’s cheese is a great choice. A fried egg on top of this pasta combines with olive oil and the cheese for a lovely, satisfying sauce that comes together in the bowl!

For the Green Lentil Penne With Goat Cheese Sauce recipe, click here.

Grilled Cauliflower Pasta With Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Cauliflower lightly charred on the grill adds a smoky flavor to this vegetable-filled pasta. The lemon tahini sauce adds richness without using any dairy, making it vegan as well as perfect for summer!

For the Grilled Cauliflower Pasta With Lemon-Tahini Dressing recipe, click here.

Hawaiian Pasta Salad With Pineapple Dressing

Hawaiian pasta salad uses a homemade dressing to make a dish that is sweet and savory and can be made several days ahead. The tropical flavor makes this a fun dish to bring along to a pot luck, picnic, or backyard barbecue.

For the Hawaiian Pasta Salad With Pineapple Dressing recipe, click here.

Jamie Oliver’s Classic Venetian Spaghetti Vongole

Jamie Oliver’s Classic Venetian Spaghetti Vongole
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This dish is light and packed with fresh parsley, dry white wine, and delicious clams. This traditional Venetian dish is easy to make, impressive to behold, and wonderful to eat.

For the Jamie Oliver’s Classic Venetian Spaghetti Vongole recipe, click here.

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Seafood and citrus should always go together — it’s a match made in heaven! This recipe comes together in just 30 minutes and is full of lemony brightness for a great summer meal.

For the Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Pasta recipe, click here.

Lobster Linguine With White Wine Sauce

Lobster Linguine With White Wine Sauce
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For a special summer treat, why not make this linguine with lobster? A buttery, herb-y white wine sauce complements the lobsters perfectly, and linguine is a great vehicle for both lobster and sauce!

For the Lobster Linguine With White Wine Sauce recipe, click here.

Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Add the classic combination of prosciutto and melon to a simple pasta salad for a tasty party appetizer or a satisfying portable lunch!

For the Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad recipe, click here.

No-Cook Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta

Ok, so you do have to cook the pasta for this recipe, but the sauce is made away from the stove. Ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil are tossed with olive oil and garlic before being mixed with the freshly cooked pasta.

For the No-Cook Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta recipe, click here.

One-Pot Mushroom Spaghetti

If you want a heartier pasta dish without too much effort, a one pot recipe is the way to go. This recipe cooks the pasta directly in the sauce, so you can have a satisfying dinner without ending up with too many dishes in the sink.

For the One-Pot Mushroom Spaghetti recipe, click here.

Pasta With Anchovies, Garlic, Lemon, and Breadcrumbs

Pasta With Anchovies, Garlic, Lemon, and Breadcrumbs
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This is a deceptively simple dish that yields delicious results. The anchovies melt into garlicky olive oil that has a hint of spiciness from red pepper flakes. Toasted breadcrumbs to finish add texture, and lemon lifts the dish with its fresh acidity.

For the Pasta With Anchovies, Garlic, Lemon, and Breadcrumbs recipe, click here.

Pasta With Tomato and Greek Yogurt Sauce

 Pasta With Tomato and Greek Yogurt Sauce
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The Greek yogurt in this recipe adds a subtle tangy flavor to the fresh tomato sauce, and also adds creaminess without using heavy cream.

For the Pasta With Tomato and Greek Yogurt Sauce recipe, click here.

Peanut Butter Veggie Pasta Salad

Peanut butter makes the dressing for this pasta salad rich, creamy, and oh so satisfying, a perfect way to enjoy a bowlful of noodles and vegetables!

For the Peanut Butter Veggie Pasta Salad recipe, click here.

Pesto, Peas, and Pine Nuts Pasta Salad

Pesto, Peas, and Pine Nuts Pasta Salad
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Fresh peas, toasted pine nuts, and Parmigiano-Reggiano are a simple but effective combination. Enjoy this dish hot, cold, or any temperature in between.

For the Pesto, Peas, and Pine Nuts Pasta Salad recipe, click here.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara
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While spaghetti carbonara might not be the lightest dish on this list, it is still a great recipe to have up your sleeve when you want to make dinner in a hurry. It is a delicious dish that requires very little planning and minimal effort and always tastes great.

For the Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe, click here.

Spaghetti and Crabs

Spaghetti and Crabs
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Here’s a recipe that comes straight from the Jersey Shore. A tomato “crab gravy” that is full of aromatic flavors like garlic, red pepper flakes, and basil, tossed with perfectly cooked spaghetti is a perfect way to celebrate summer and fresh seafood.

For the Spaghetti and Crabs recipe, click here.

Spaghetti al Pomodoro

Make use of the season’s ripe cherry tomatoes and kick a pomodoro sauce up a notch. This pasta, topped with a zesty herb gremolata is a great way to celebrate great summer produce.

For the Spaghetti al Pomodoro recipe, click here.

Spaghetti With Avocado Sauce

Hold the heavy cream and use avocado instead! This creamy pasta will fill you up and keep you full for longer due to the healthy fats in avocado.

For the Spaghetti With Avocado Sauce recipe, click here.

Spaghetti With Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe

Spaghetti With Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe
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This recipe can easily become a vegetarian dish by eliminating the pancetta. For added deliciousness, try topping it with a poached egg, freshly ground black pepper, and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano

For the Spaghetti With Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta recipe, click here.

Spicy Crab Linguine With Basil

This dish is full of fresh, clean flavors and pairs exceptionally well with fresh, crusty bread and a glass of cold white wine.

For the Spicy Crab Linguine With Basil recipe, click here.

Summertime Spaghetti

Feta adds savory, salty notes that are perfect for a summer pasta and a little bit different from the more traditionally used Parmigiano-Reggiano. Make sure you buy the best ingredients you can for the best results.

For the Summertime Spaghetti recipe, click here.

Yogurt Chicken and Caramelized Onion Pasta

Chicken makes this dish quite substantial, but once again yogurt comes into play. What’s not to love about a creamy sauce that is cream-free along with caramelized onions and perfectly cooked chicken? What a wonderful way to end a long summer’s day!

For the Yogurt Chicken and Caramelized Onion Pasta recipe, click here.