Pasta may be our go-to comfort food in cold-weather months, but we love simple, light variations in the summer too. As the temperature rises, trade out heavier ingredients like braised meats or long-cooked sauces for fresh vegetables, bright herbs, and seafood. We've collected summery pasta recipes to enjoy throughout the season.
Come the warmer months, we start to crave seafood. Linguine and clams with olive oil, white wine, and chiles is a classic. For an extravagant seafood feast, try bucatini ai frutti di mare—pasta with clams, shrimp, squid, and lobster.
Of course, the greatest culinary gift of summer is the beautiful, abundant fresh produce. Perfect summer tomatoes needs little work—toss them with homemade fettuccine and extra-virgin olive oil. Or try roasting cherry tomatoes with garlic scapes and red onions and tossing it all with pasta, lemon juice, and arugula.
Summer produce works well in gnocchi. Our buckwheat and ricotta gnocchi are tossed in a cream sauce lightened with fresh spinach and peas. Our sweet pea gnocchi are potato gnocchi with peas and mint added right into the dough.
When the weather gets hotter, it's always nice to have dishes that can be served chilled or at room temperature. For that, look to pasta salad. To emulate a rich Moroccan tagine, try couscous tossed with olive, lemon, and cinnamon. Or make our easy Greek pasta salad, which mixes rotini with tomato, onion, cucumber, and tangy feta cheese.
Find all these dishes and more in our collection awesome summer pasta recipes.