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14 Summer Pasta Dishes Light Enough for Warm Weather

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

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Summer pasta recipes

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Summer pasta recipes

We usually think of pasta dishes as a hearty part of our winter meal rotation — but when you fill your recipes with crisp seasonal veggies, pasta transforms into an amazingly light summer meal. Plus, pasta is super-easy to make, so you don't have to spend extra time in a hot kitchen. It's a win all the way around.

Give these summery meals a try.

Originally published May 2016. Updated July 2017.

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Mediterranean pasta salad

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Mediterranean pasta salad

This zesty dish is even better when you make it ahead of time.

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Creamy summer pasta salad

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Creamy summer pasta salad

This old-fashioned pasta salad will remind you of something Grandma used to make.

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Ranch tortellini salad

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Ranch tortellini salad

This simple, creamy pasta salad made with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dressing is perfect for a summer picnic. 

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Cherry tomato and basil angel hair pasta

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Cherry tomato and basil angel hair pasta

This light pasta dinner is perfect for a hot summer night, and it takes only 20 minutes to throw together. 

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Pizza pasta salad

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Pizza pasta salad

Pizza is too hot and heavy for the summer weather, but this cooled-down salad is just right. 

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Caesar pasta salad

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Caesar pasta salad

Turn one of your favorite salads into a pasta masterpiece

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Israeli couscous salad

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Israeli couscous salad

Give couscous a try with this simple recipe that uses fresh summer vegetables. 

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Creamy lemon one-pot pasta

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Creamy lemon one-pot pasta

Nothing says summer like the taste of fresh lemon

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Lobster spaghetti

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Lobster spaghetti

Spaghetti isn't exactly a summer dish, but it is when it's served on a plate of lobster

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Zucchini carbonara

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Zucchini carbonara

Fresh zucchini makes this dish that much better. 

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Antipasto tortellini salad

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Antipasto tortellini salad

Antipasto salad is great for barbecues, and this is a fun twist on that old standby.

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Vegan one-pot spaghetti with vegetables

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Vegan one-pot spaghetti with vegetables

Use up all those veggies from your garden with this delicious recipe.

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Avocado pasta salad

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Avocado pasta salad

This creamy salad will soon be your summer favorite.

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