10 Healthy Summer Pasta Recipes We’re Making Right Now
At my house, we eat pasta for dinner each and every week — yes, even in the summer. I truly find it to be one of the most versatile and satisfying healthy meals you can make. All you have to do is load it with feel-good things like colorful vegetables and lean protein and choose a pasta that’s right for you. Don’t believe me? Here are 10 summer pasta recipes that will convince you that pasta is the healthy summer supper you need.
1. Linguine with Lemon & Tomatoes from Love & Lemons
Lemon and tomatoes aren’t a typical combination, but they become even brighter versions of themselves. Plus, nothing could be simple to pull together.
2. Easy Balsamic Pasta from Gimme Some Oven
The best thing about this pasta recipe is how versatile it is. While it calls for red onion, asparagus, broccoli, and red bell pepper, swap in whatever colorful mix of veggies you have on handzucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and carrots would all work.
3. Orzo Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto and Parmesan Cheese from Two of a Kind
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.
4. One-Pot Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna from Making Thyme for Health
This lasagna has all the summer feels thanks to a mix of corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers. It calls for homemade cashew ricotta, but if you eat dairy, you can definitely use regular ricotta.
5. Lemon-Herb Zucchini Fettuccine from Our Best Bites
If you 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.
6. Basil and Roasted Cauliflower Pasta Salad from Abra’s Kitchen
While some pasta salads feel more like a side dish than a main dish, this one can absolutely take center stage. That’s thanks to the inclusion of protein-rich chickpeas and fresh mozzarella balls, as well as a colorful mix of tender cauliflower and roasted red peppers.
7. Summertime Turkey Meatballs with Angel Hair from What’s Gaby Cooking
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.
8. Italian Penne with Tuna from EatingWell
If you already happen to have a can of tuna and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in your pantry, then you’re already well on your way to getting this recipe on your dinner table.
9. Roasted Butternut Squash, Zucchini & Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad from The Full Helping
Butternut squash may feel like a fall ingredient but here it’s totally outfitted for summer. That’s because it’s combined with seasonal favorites like tender zucchini and peppery arugula.
10. Greek Chicken Pasta Salad from Budget Bytes
To really make this pasta salad really 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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