Pasta is on the dinner table at my house each and every week. I truly find it to be one of the most versatile and satisfying healthy meals I can make. I know, I know, some may tell you otherwise, but I firmly believe it can be a totally wholesome dinner if you load it with feel-good things like colorful vegetables and lean protein and choose a pasta that’s right for you. Whether that’s a gluten-free penne, chickpea-based shells, or a blend made with added fiber and protein, figuring out what healthy pasta looks like for you means you can enjoy it all summer long.
With all the great in-season produce available, there are a countless mix of great things to toss into your pasta dinner these balmy months. Here are 10 healthy pasta recipes to try this summer.
The best thing about this pasta recipe is how versatile it is. While it calls for red onion, asparagus, broccoli, and red bell pepper, feel free to swap in whatever colorful mix of veggies you have on hand. Things like zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and carrots would all be welcomed here.
Be sure to use your very favorite brand of store-bought pesto here because it plays such an important role in this orzo salad. Or better yet, make your own. Since fresh basil is in season in the summer, there’s no better time to try blending up your own batch, like this one.
Lasagna tends to be thought of as a cold-weather dinner but this version has all the summer feels thanks to a mix of corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers. It also happens to be vegan because it calls for homemade cashew ricotta, but if you eat dairy, you can definitely use regular ricotta.
If you happen to have an overflowing herb garden, this is the perfect recipe to make use of it. A mix of fresh herbs like basil, oregano, and rosemary brighten up every twirl to ensure it’s a pasta that tastes like summer.
While some pasta salads feel more like a side dish than a main dish, this one can absolutely take center stage at the table. That’s thanks to the inclusion of protein-rich chickpeas and fresh mozzarella balls, as well as a colorful mix of tender cauliflower and juicy roasted red peppers.
Swapping out ground beef for turkey, canned tomatoes for fresh, and spaghetti for thin angel hair all equates to a lighter, more seasonal take on spaghetti and meatballs. This one is guaranteed to become a new family favorite. Want to cut down on the pasta? Use half and add in zucchini noodles.
If you already happen to have a can of tuna and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in your pantry — not to mention dried pasta, of course — then you’re already well on your way to getting this recipe on your dinner table.
Butternut squash may feel like a fall ingredient but here it’s totally outfitted for summer. That’s because it’s joined up with seasonal favorites like tender zucchini and peppery arugula for a pasta salad that’s unlike any other.
Lemon and tomatoes aren’t usually a combination you see a whole lot but they truly are a total match. They both become even brighter versions of themselves when joined while still remaining savory and approachable.
To really make this pasta salad taste like summer, consider grilling the marinated chicken thighs. They’ll get lots of charred flavor that will only enhance the finished product — plus you won’t have to worry about heating up your kitchen.
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