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The 27 Summery Pastas We've Waited All Year to Make

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These are pastas to serve still steaming—at an elegant outdoor summer "soirée," the kind where you're wearing seersucker, and the napkins are linen, and the lights are twinkling.

But these are also the pastas to eat in the realer moments of July and August: when the A.C. is broken; when your face is hot with sunburn; when it's midnight and you're standing in front of the fridge, not wearing pants, eating through the Tupperware noodle by noodle with your fingers.

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We present: The pastas of summer. The pastas we've waited all year to make.

Herbs and Pestos

Herb-Crushed Pasta
Herb-Crushed Pasta
Swiss Chard Stalk Pesto with Pepitas
Swiss Chard Stalk Pesto with Pepitas
Penne with Herb Butter and Peas

Penne with Herb Butter and Peas by Merrill Stubbs

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes by Sophie - Wholehearted Eats

Spaghetti with Clams, Parsley, Garlic, and Lemon (x2)
Spaghetti with Clams, Parsley, Garlic, and Lemon (x2)

Corn

Pasta with Corn, Pea Tendrils, Prosciutto, and Summer Savory

Pasta with Corn, Pea Tendrils, Prosciutto, and Summer Savory by Sara Jenkins

Buttered Corn And Noodles

Buttered Corn And Noodles by aargersi

Zucchini and Summer Squash

Spaghetti alla Nerano (Spaghetti with Zucchini)
Spaghetti alla Nerano (Spaghetti with Zucchini)
Summer Squash Sauce with Pasta
Summer Squash Sauce with Pasta

Tomatoes

Summer Pasta alla Caprese
Summer Pasta alla Caprese
Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Brie

Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Brie by Merrill Stubbs

Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic

Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic by Genius Recipes

Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta
Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta
Cold Sauce

Cold Sauce by Roxanne DeRosa

Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti

Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti by Pinch&Swirl

Paccheri with Swordfish Ragu
Paccheri with Swordfish Ragu

Eggplant

Spicy Eggplant Pasta
Spicy Eggplant Pasta
Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)
Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)
Spaghetti alla Sylvia Thompson
Spaghetti alla Sylvia Thompson

A Little Bit of Everything

Linguine with Red Pesto and Corn

Linguine with Red Pesto and Corn by Posie Harwood

Summer Weekend Pasta

Summer Weekend Pasta by Amanda Hesser

Orecchiette with Zucchini, Tomato, and Ricotta
Orecchiette with Zucchini, Tomato, and Ricotta
Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, and Ricotta
Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, and Ricotta
Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables

Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables by Gena Hamshaw

Penne with Sweet Summer Vegetables, Pine Nuts, and Herbs

Penne with Sweet Summer Vegetables, Pine Nuts, and Herbs by Gena Hamshaw

Pasta with Corn, Slow-Cooked Tomatoes, and Garlic Confit
Pasta with Corn, Slow-Cooked Tomatoes, and Garlic Confit

Or wing it, (Not)Recipes style!

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One of the best and simplest pastas I know but it relies on high quality ingredients to be good. Boil some sort of long noodle(I like capellini pasta). While the water is coming to a boil walk out to the garden and pick the most beautiful cherry tomatoes on the vine. While there grab a handful of basil leaves. Come back to the house and cook the noodles because by now the salted water is boiling. While you cook the noodles, cut the cherry tomatoes in half, tear the basil into pieces, and grate 1tsp. Of lemon zest. Drain the pasta, dump it into a bowl, add zest, tomatoes, basil along with a teaspoon of chili flakes(it's now that I remember those chile de arbol that I painstaking dried last year and I use them). Add parm, a few glugs of California Olive Ranch EVOO, toss, and serve. #lemon #pasta #chiles #30minutemeal #dinnerathome #weekdaymeals
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