Summer Pasta Recipes, Part 2
Most people consider pasta to be a heavy food, especially when served with red sauce and meatballs. But by changing the toppings, it’s possible to turn it into a light, summery dish perfect for picnics or a casual dinner. Welcome to part two of our exciting Summer Pasta Recipe Series!
SUMMER FRESH PASTA WITH TOMATOES AND PROSCIUTTO
Although the ingredients are simple, this dish is full of delicious textures and flavors. If you grow tomatoes and/or basil at home, you can use those in the dish instead of store-bought. You’ll also need cooked garlic and shallots, olive oil, and salt and pepper (plus cheese to taste).
HOMEMADE PESTO AND SPAGHETTI
If you enjoy pesto but want to save some money, you can try making it at home. This recipe from Bon Appetit will give you far more pesto than needed for one meal, so save the excess and use on sandwiches or fish. Another perk of making it yourself is controlling the flavor and ratio of cheese, basil, and pine nuts.
LINGUINE AND CLAMS
Speaking of fish, pasta goes amazingly well with most seafood. One of the most common combinations is a long, thin noodle (like linguine) and the briny beauty known as the clam. If you choose to indulge, be careful to undersalt the pasta water, as the brine from the clams will provide plenty.
MOROCCAN PASTA SALAD
Not many people consider couscous to be a pasta, but it counts. This pasta salad is full of bold spices and the bright combination of lemon and cinnamon. It’s excellent as a side or with chicken for a main course. Check out the full recipe here on Saveur.
SOUTHWEST PASTA SALAD
Craving tacos but need to pack something for a picnic? Combine the two! Mix bowtie pasta, a Greek yogurt dressing, and traditional taco toppings for a crowd-pleasing side dish. Alternatively, add some meat (chicken or beef) for a simple family dinner.
GRILLED VEGETABLE RIGATONI
If you have some summer squash left over from your latest harvest, grill it up and serve over pasta. You can use marinara or pesto sauce to give the pasta some more heft if you want. And of course, you don’t have to use rigatoni, just a pasta strong enough to support the eggplant and zucchini.
LEMON SPAGHETTI WITH FETA AND BASIL
Have you ever tried lemon on your pasta? It livens it up and gives it a nice summery kick. And if you’re bold enough to sear the lemons, then you have something truly unique. The feta and fresh basil also serve to create an airy, elegant dish that’s hard to believe is just plain old boxed spaghetti.
BLT PASTA SALAD
Fry up some bacon and chop it up. Shred some lettuce and halve a few cherry tomatoes. Mix together with cooked pasta (wagon wheels, elbows, and bowties add to the fun). Drizzle some ranch dressing on top and serve. Congratulations- you’ve taken a classic sandwich and turned into a pasta salad perfect for parties!
TOMATO GRATIN LASAGNA
Lasagna can be a hefty meal, but this summer version tones down the meat and cheese in favor of fresh produce. It’ll take some extra time to prepare, but you’ll never reach for the frozen versions ever again. Cooking Light has the full recipe (and video) over here.
GINGER GARLIC CHICKEN RAMEN
Well, why not? Ramen is technically a type of pasta. As long as you keep the broth and toppings light, ramen makes a fantastic summer meal- filling without weighing you down. Ingredients like mushrooms, snow peas, and bok choy keep things fresh and simple.
What are your favorite summer recipes? Let us know in the comments!
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