7 Ways to Love Spaghetti this Summer

A bowl of spaghetti salad.

Summer spaghetti recipes are light, bright, and veggie forward ~ look to no cook or barely cooked sauces like basil pesto, aglio olio, and fresh tomato alla checca for delicious inspo.

veggie pasta salad

tips for serving spaghetti in summer

Put away the cans and jars…the secret to enjoying spaghetti in sultry weather is to keep everything fresh, fresh, fresh!

  • Thin spaghetti is ideal because it’s nice and light.
  • Be sure to cook it al dente so it retains a bite and doesn’t become gummy.
  • Spaghetti doesn’t have to be served hot, it works both at room temperature, and chilled.
  • Avoid heavy or cream based sauces and stick with lighter olive oil based versions.
  • Uncooked or barely cooked sauces like basil pesto and aglio olio are perfect for warm weather.
  • Experiment with alternative pesto type sauces like my artichoke lemon pesto or my sun-dried tomato and almond pesto.
  • Fresh tomatoes can provide an instant sauce. Juicy regular tomatoes can be diced and used raw (see my alla checca sauce, below) or cherry tomatoes cooked just until they burst (see bucatini with burst tomatoes.)
colorful heirloom tomatoes with basil leaves on a white surface

Spaghetti alla checca

Tossing hot spaghetti with cool juicy tomatoes is the best idea ever on a warm night. The tomatoes tamp down the heat of the pasta, their acidity balances the starch, and the little bite from fresh garlic and basil makes this a fabulous summer meal.

A bowl of pasta alla checca with fork

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

This salad reminds me that pasta is so versatile. Here it stands in for Thai noodles in the most flavorful salad you’ll have all season. The peanut dressing is a classic, and don’t even get me started on the wonderful contrasting textures.

Spicy Thai Salad

Pasta Peperonata with Tuna

This is my personal favorite light pasta dinner. I pair it with good oil packed tuna, lots of colorful cherry tomatoes and peppers, with a few olives for good measure. A final shower of Parm and this meal makes my night!

Pasta peperonata with tuna in a bowl with fork .

Spaghetti Salad

Everything is so crisp and colorful ~ this is spaghetti like you’ve never had it before. A potluck favorite if there ever was one, and a great way to get kids to eat those veggies.

spaghetti salad

Spaghetti with Chive and Parsley Pesto

This light herby pasta proves that basil isn’t the only game in town when it comes to pesto.

A bowl of pasta with chive and parsley pesto

One Pot Farmer’s Market Pasta

This easy one pot pasta method can turn your farmers market haul into dinner, pronto.

vegetables and spaghetti layered in a red pot for one pot farmers market pasta

Kale and Pancetta Pasta

When life gives you lots of fresh garden kale…make pasta! A little bit of pancetta makes this simple spaghetti extra satisfying.

kale and pancetta pasta
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    July 2, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    We’ve had both the Thai spaghetti salad and the Spaghetti salad and really enjoyed both of them!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 2, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Jan ~ you’d probably like today’s Thai Chicken Salad, then too 🙂

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    June 2, 2021 at 7:59 am

    i make your one pot farmers market pasta often, its so crazy good!!!!

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    May 31, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Sue..I could eat each and every one of these pasta dishes! Saving all of these! Mmmm!!

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