Light and Flavorful Pastas

Pasta may be our go-to comfort food in cold-weather months, but we love simple, light variations in the spring and summer too. As the temperature rises, trade out heavier ingredients like braised meats or long-cooked sauces for fresh seafood and the market's bounty of vegetables and backyard herbs.

See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer
See the RecipeLuca Vignelli
Pappardelle Over Wilted Asian Greens
For this dish, use the market's best-looking greens. Each lends its own character: mustard greens provide a peppery tang, bok choy an earthy pungency, and mizuna a bitter-edged complexity. See the recipe for Pappardelle Over Wilted Asian Greens »Christopher Hirsheimer
Fava Pasta Salad
Smooth, whipped feta cheese dresses the fresh favas, tomatoes, and mint in this Greek dish. See the recipe for Fava Pasta Salad »Ben Fink
See the RecipeJames Oseland
See the RecipeRoger Sherman
Spaghetti with Lobster (Spaghetti all'Astice)
Spaghetti with Lobster (Spaghetti all'Astice)
One of our favorite ways to showcase fresh lobster is in this simple Venetian dish, where it's tossed with garlic, fresh ripe tomatoes, and white wine.Nicole Franzen
Penne with Smoked Salmon
While visiting the little seaside town of Trinidad, California, we found our way to Katy's Smokehouse and Fish Market, a treasure trove of smoked seafood and local fish. One of Katy's top sellers is the hot-smoked salmon, which inspired us to create this dish. See the recipe for Penne with Smoked Salmon »Christopher Hirsheimer
Figaretti's 'Godfather II' Linguine
This dish, along with linguine with red clam sauce and oven-baked rigatoni, is a mainstay of the Italian-American fare served at Figaretti's in Wheeling, West Virginia. See the recipe for Figaretti's 'Godfather II' Linguine »James Oseland
See the RecipeAndré Baranowski
Linguine with Clams and Chiles
Linguine with Clams and Chiles
As olive oil mingles with white wine and sweet clams in this classic pasta dish, it creates a fragrant sauce that coats the pasta.Todd Coleman
See the RecipeHelen Rosner
Trenette al Pesto
Trenette al Pesto
In this classic Genoese dish, fettuccine pasta is combined with string beans, baby red potatoes, and tossed with basil pesto. Get the recipe for Trenette al Pesto »Todd Coleman
Fettuccine with Heirloom Tomatoes
Fettuccine with Heirloom Tomatoes
This homemade fettuccine is simply tossed with heirloom tomatoes and basil.Todd Coleman
Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Pasta Salad
Tangy feta and crunchy veggies get extra body from rotini in this classic Greek-inspired pasta salad.Maxime Iattoni
Spaghetti alla Primavera
Spaghetti primaveraTodd Coleman
Korean Noodles with Beef and Vegetables (Chap Chae)
Korean Noodles with Beef and Vegetables (Chap Chae)
Slippery sweet potato noodles turned golden from the cooking juices and soy sauce, crunchy vegetables, and tender beef make for a satisfying dish.Penny De Los Santos
Sesame Noodles
Sesame Noodles
A garnish of chopped peanuts and slivered cucumber and carrot add crunch to the silky, savory Chinese-American noodle dish.Maxime Iattoni
See the RecipeTodd Coleman
Chilled Sea Urchin and Farro Pasta
The Italian anchovy sauce colatura di alici lends a deep umami flavor to this pasta dish from chef Justin Smillie of Manhattan's Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. This recipe first appeared in the iPad edition of our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along the article Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria.Todd Coleman
Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti
Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti
In this bright spring pasta dish of morels, asparagus, and cream, dried morels are rehydrated in boiling water that is then used to cook spaghetti, infusing the pasta with an earthy, mushroomy flavor.Yossy Arefi
Pasta Shells with Artichoke-Clam Sauce
Pasta Shells with Artichoke-Clam Sauce
In this aromatic dish, shell-shape pasta is dressed in a light tomato and clam sauce with artichoke hearts.Landon Nordeman
Crawfish Pasta
Crawfish Pasta
Versions of this satisfying, cream-laced crawfish pasta are served at restaurants throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. The level of heat from hot sauce is left up to the cook.Helen Rosner
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Bucatini ai Frutti di Mare (Seafood Pasta)
The recipe for this shellfish-laden pasta comes from chef Michael Chiarello. See the recipe for Bucattini ai Frutti di Mare »Michael Kraus