Pasta is easily one of my most favorite meals, and I have no shame in admitting it’s on weekly rotation in my household — all year long. I stock my pantry with noodles of all shapes and sizes, ready to be grabbed and transformed into a simple dinner with the addition of a green salad and perhaps a glass of wine.
Come summer, pasta night still prevails, but to honor the laziness of the season, my pastas become lazier. I’m talking about one-pot or single-skillet pasta dinners. It’s hard to argue with their ease of prep and cleanup. Whether I’m craving something light and fresh, with loads of farmers market veggies, or something a touch more homey and comforting, these 10 recipes have my back all summer long.
Light and Fresh Summer Pastas
When it’s hot and sticky out, I want a pasta dish that won’t weigh me down. The key is to reach for bright flavors (think: fresh herbs, seasonal vegetables like corn and arugula, and lean protein like ground turkey, shrimp, and chicken sausage).
Rich and Comforting Summer Pastas
And then there are those days when you just need something a little extra creamy and comforting — say, for a stormy summer Sunday. A rich sauce made from brie cheese or a skillet pasta loaded with tomatoes and spiced ground beef should definitely do the trick.