Summer Pasta Salad

This refreshing Summer Pasta Salad is perfect for hot days when you crave something light yet satisfying. Packed with seasonal vegetables and vibrant flavors, it’s the ultimate summer side dish sure to become a staple at your cookouts. Why I Love This Recipe The Ingredients * For a full list of measurements and instructions, see the recipe card below* How to Make…

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This refreshing Summer Pasta Salad is perfect for hot days when you crave something light yet satisfying. Packed with seasonal vegetables and vibrant flavors, it’s the ultimate summer side dish sure to become a staple at your cookouts.

Why I Love This Recipe

  • Simple Yet Delicious: The combination of sweet corn, crunchy asparagus, and juicy cherry tomatoes creates a delightful medley of flavors that capture the essence of summer in every bite.
  • Versatile: This easy pasta salad recipe is perfect as a side dish for picnics and barbecues, or as a light lunch or dinner.
  • Compliments Many Mains: The simple flavors in this pasta salad pair well with almost any main dish. Try it with your favorite burgers, Crock Pot Ribs, Southern Style Pork Tenderloin, or grilled marinated chicken.
  • Easy to Make: This dish is easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time, making it a hassle-free option for any event.

The Ingredients

Summer Pasta Salad Ingredients
  • Small Shaped Pasta: For this pasta salad opt for macaroni, fusilli, penne, farfalle or any other small shaped pasta that you love.
  • Corn: One of my favorite summertime vegetables, corn is full of fiber as well as high in beta-carotene, vitamin B1 and C. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious!
  • Asparagus: Another spring and summer veggie favorite! Don’t forget to remove the stems by snapping the stalks at their natural break.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Tomatoes add sweetness and some juicy texture to this pasta salad. 
  • Olive oil: Brings everything together by coating the pasta and veggies, adding a rich flavor and enhancing the overall taste and texture of your delicious summer pasta salad.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a little bit of acidity to brighten up the flavors.
  • Parmesan cheese: This ingredient is optional if you need a dairy free pasta salad, but I love how much flavor and creaminess it adds to the dish.
  • Fresh basil: For garnish and to add some color to the salad!

* For a full list of measurements and instructions, see the recipe card below*

How to Make Summer Pasta Salad

Boiled macaroni noodles in bowl.

Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tbsp salt to the water and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside.

Chopped asparagus in a bowl and corn off the cob in a bowl.

Step 2: Place the corn and asparagus in a steamer pot over boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Alternately, you can just boil the corn and asparagus for 1-2 minutes. When the corn is cool, cut it off the cob and dice the asparagus into small pieces.

Summer pasta salad ingredients in a bowl.

Step 3: Throughly combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season with more salt, pepper. Add fresh herbs if desired. 

Summer pasta salad.

Step 4: Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold with favorite main dish.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t Overcook the Pasta: Aim for al dente pasta to avoid a mushy salad.
  • Chill Before Serving: There’s nothing better than a cold pasta salad. For best results, let the salad sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.
  • Add Your Twist: Feel free to customize with additional vegetables or herbs, such as bell peppers, red onions, cucumbers or parsley.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare this dish in advance and store it in the refrigerator to save time on the day of your event. The flavors will deepen, making the salad even more delicious.
Summer pasta salad in serving bowl.

More Favorite Summer Salads

This pasta salad recipe might seem too simple, but that’s the beauty of it. Each ingredient gets to shine while complimenting the others really well. This recipe is one of our go-to dishes during the summer, and I think you’ll love it too! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating below!

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Summer pasta salad in serving bowl.
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Summer Pasta Salad

Packed with seasonal vegetables and vibrant flavors, Summer Pasta Salad is the ultimate summer side dish sure to become a staple at your cookouts.
Course Lunch, Main Dish, Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 379kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces pasta (fusilli, macaroni or other small pasta shape)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ears of corn, yellow or white
  • 1 pound asparagus, stems removed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, if desired
  • basil, for garnish

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tbsp salt to the water and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Place the corn and asparagus in a steamer pot over boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Alternately, you can just boil the corn and asparagus for 1-2 minutes.
  • When the corn is cool, cut it off the cob and dice the asparagus into small pieces.
  • Throughly combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season with more salt, pepper. Add fresh herbs if desired. 

Notes

  • Don’t Overcook the Pasta: Aim for al dente pasta to avoid a mushy salad.
  • Chill Before Serving: There’s nothing better than a cold pasta salad. For best results, let the salad sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.
  • Add Your Twist: Feel free to customize with additional vegetables or herbs, such as bell peppers, red onions, cucumbers or parsley.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare this dish in advance and store it in the refrigerator to save time on the day of your event. The flavors will deepen, making the salad even more delicious. 
  • Storage: Store leftover pasta salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1.349mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 726IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg

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Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara

Love classic spaghetti carbonara but want a healthier, lighter version? You’re in for a treat! This Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara recipe uses lighter ingredients without sacrificing that rich, creamy texture. Plus, it’s ready in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights! Why You’ll Love This Recipe The Ingredients *For a full list of…

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Love classic spaghetti carbonara but want a healthier, lighter version? You’re in for a treat! This Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara recipe uses lighter ingredients without sacrificing that rich, creamy texture. Plus, it’s ready in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights!

Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara in large serving bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthier Alternative: Using turkey bacon reduces fat without losing the delicious smoky flavor. Instead of substitutions, I simply use less of the indulgent ingredients (except cream, which I do skip). Combining eggs and pasta water retains the creamy texture of classic carbonara.
  • Quick and Easy: This carbonara recipe is ready in under 30 minutes making it perfect for a quick yet satisfying meal.
  • Comfort Food: Despite being lighter, this carbonara remains creamy, comforting, and absolutely delicious! Want another healthy yet comforting recipe? Try my Roast Vegetable Pasta recipe!
  • Family-Friendly: Kids and adults alike love this delicious pasta dish! It feels indulgent without the guilt and is a total crowd pleaser.

The Ingredients

Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara Ingredients.
  • Spaghetti: Spaghetti is the heart of the dish, providing the perfect base for picking up the creamy sauce.
  • Turkey bacon: I opt for this leaner bacon option that still provides the essential smoky taste.
  • Small onion: Sautéed diced onion adds flavor and a touch of sweetness to the dish
  • Garlic cloves, minced: No pasta is complete without garlic – the aromatic, savory note that complements the bacon and cheese.
  • Large eggs: Eggs are what creates the rich, creamy sauce that binds the dish together.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: Grated parmesan adds a nutty, salty flavor and is the ingredient that helps thickens the sauce.

*For a full list of ingredients and instructions see the recipe card below*

Variations and Substitutions

  • Cheese Options: Try Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan for a sharper flavor.
  • Add Veggies: Feel free to incorporate peas or sautéed spinach for added nutrients and color.
  • Gluten-Free: You can use your favorite gluten-free pasta to make this dish if you want to!

How to Make Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara

Cooked spaghetti noodles in strainer.

Step 1: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. 

Chopped turkey bacon in sauté pan.

Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally so it cooks evenly, about 5 minutes.

Sautéed onions and chopped turkey bacon in sauté pan.

Step 3: Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 3 minutes.

Whisked eggs and grated parmesan cheese in a bowl.

Step 4: Whisk together the eggs and cheese in a small bowl.

Lightened up spaghetti carbonara on serving platter.

Step 5: Add cooked pasta to the egg mixture and stir immediately (so the eggs don’t curdle). Add the sautéed bacon and onions and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water*. Toss to combine and serve immediately. (*see cook’s note in recipe card below). 

Tips and Tricks

  • Prevent Curdling: Make sure to add the egg and cheese mixture to the hot pasta off the heat to prevent the eggs from scrambling.
  • Reserve Pasta Water: Don’t forget to save the pasta water! It’s crucial for achieving the right sauce consistency.
  • Serve Immediately: Carbonara is best enjoyed right away while the sauce is at its creamiest. If you’re not planning to serve immediately, toss with the remaining 1/2 cup warm pasta water just before serving.

FAQs

Is it safe to eat raw eggs in spaghetti carbonara?

The heat from the pasta and bacon mixture cooks the eggs enough to be safe to eat. However, if you’re concerned, use pasteurized eggs.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Carbonara is best enjoyed fresh. However, if you need to make it ahead, keep the pasta and sauce separate and combine them just before serving, using some reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce.

Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara plated.

More Light Pasta Dishes

I know you’re going to love this healthier version of spaghetti carbonara! It’s easy to make and totally delicious without the guilt. Let me know what you think of this recipe by leaving a rating and comment below.

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Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara

This Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara recipe uses lighter ingredients without sacrificing that rich, creamy texture. Plus, it's ready in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 510kcal

Equipment

  • heavy bottomed pot
  • large sauté pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. 
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally so it cooks evenly, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Whisk together the eggs and cheese in a small bowl. Add it to the pasta and immediately (so it doesn't curdle) stir and toss together.
  • Add the bacon, onions and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water*. Toss to coat well and serve immediately (see Cook's Note).

Notes

Cook’s Note: The pasta will absorb some of the liquid as it sits, so if not serving right away, toss with the remaining 1/2 cup warm pasta water just before serving.
Prevent Curdling: Make sure to add the egg and cheese mixture to the hot pasta off the heat to prevent the eggs from scrambling.
Reserve Pasta Water: Don’t forget to save the pasta water! It’s crucial for achieving the right sauce consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1080mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe is tossed with my favorite Caesar dressing, lots of Parm, and the yummiest garlicky breadcrumbs.  A good Caesar salad will forever and always be one of my favorite foods. But I’m also just as happy this time of year to whip up a delicious batch of its carb-y cousin, […]

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe is tossed with my favorite Caesar dressing, lots of Parm, and the yummiest garlicky breadcrumbs. 

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe

A good Caesar salad will forever and always be one of my favorite foods. But I’m also just as happy this time of year to whip up a delicious batch of its carb-y cousin, a chicken Caesar pasta salad. ♡

It’s basically everything we all love about a good chicken Caesar — perfectly-seasoned chicken, crisp Romaine leaves, a bold and tangy Caesar dressing and a generous shower of freshly-grated Parmesan — tossed with chilled and chewy al dente pasta. Then in lieu of traditional croutons, I like to whip up a quick batch of crunchy, salty, garlicky breadcrumbs to sprinkle on top. It’s a classic pasta salad recipe that’s always so satisfying and comes together easily too!

Of course, if chicken isn’t your thing, feel free to sub any other protein in here that you prefer (shrimp, salmon, bacon, Italian sausage, or even roasted chickpeas would be great options). And if you happen to have any roasted veggies on hand, they would always be welcome here too. I do just have to say that I’m partial to my favorite homemade Caesar dressing, but totally get it if you’d like to save some time and use a bottle of store-bought (in which case, Ken’s or Marzetti are two brands I always recommend).

However you make it, I promise that this classic Caesar pasta salad recipe is always a winner!

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Lemon Basil Butter Pasta

All you need are 6 simple ingredients to make a vibrant batch of this lemon basil butter pasta in less than 30 minutes. Fresh basil is back in season and I vote we celebrate with this lemon basil butter pasta! ♡ Our family fell in love with Ali Slagle’s viral basil-butter pasta last fall, which […]

All you need are 6 simple ingredients to make a vibrant batch of this lemon basil butter pasta in less than 30 minutes.

Lemon Basil Butter Pasta

Fresh basil is back in season and I vote we celebrate with this lemon basil butter pasta! ♡

Our family fell in love with Ali Slagle’s viral basil-butter pasta last fall, which is a deliciously basil-forward, nut-free, and buttery alternative to traditional basil pesto pasta. She had the brilliant idea to blitz blanched basil with butter in a food processor (which you should definitely double to have leftovers for later!), which is then melted into a batch of hot pasta for a quick and easy 3-ingredient meal. The creamy, salty, melted butter serves as the perfect saucy vehicle for the fragrant peppery flavor of fresh basil, and perfectly coats each strand of pasta. And while it’s easy to make the basil butter in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta, you can also prep the basil butter in advance if you’d like to make dinnertime an absolute breeze. Such a win!

That said, while Ali’s version keeps things simple with just basil, butter and pasta, we’ve come to love adding in a generous dose of lemon, black pepper and Parmesan to this pasta as well (a la this recipe), which adds a balance of bright, spicy, umami flavors to the basil butter that really makes this dish sing. And for any of you who want to go the extra mile and make a batch of brown butter to use here (totally optional, but WOW), I can vouch that the extra toasty, nutty flavor notes absolutely take this simple dish over the top.

Bottom line, I’m now convinced that this melting-basil-butter-into-hot-pasta method here is one that any herb-lover should add to their repertoire. So grab a big bunch of basil and let’s make some pasta!

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Marry Me Chickpeas and Orzo

“Marry me” chicken recipes have been flooding the internet over the past few years, and with good reason — a pan full of creamy, sun-dried tomato and basil chicken can’t help but be a winner! Here in our house, though, I wanted to make a version that my vegetarian husband and pasta-loving toddler could enjoy […]

“Marry me” chicken recipes have been flooding the internet over the past few years, and with good reason — a pan full of creamy, sun-dried tomato and basil chicken can’t help but be a winner! Here in our house, though, I wanted to make a version that my vegetarian husband and pasta-loving toddler could enjoy too. Thus, this orzo and chickpeas dish was born. ♡

It’s basically just a “marry me” take on our family’s favorite lemony spiced orzo and chickpeas recipe. But this time, of course, made with tangy sun-dried tomatoes, a garlicky creamy broth, loads of fresh basil and a generous shower of Parmesan, all simmered together with perfectly chewy al dente pasta and protein-packed chickpeas. It’s a one-pot, 30-minute dinner that the whole family adores. And I’m pretty sure even all of the omnivores out there won’t miss the chicken!

That said, meals like this one are inherently customizable. So if you feel like adding in an additional protein (such as Italian sausage, shrimp, salmon or chicken), it would be quite easy to do. Or there are all sorts of other veggies and add-ins that could be delicious mixed in too. However you approach this one, the basic formula is famously so good that it will want to make everyone want to marry the cook. So…get ready to fall in love! ;)

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Ravioli Lasagna

This ravioli lasagna recipe is super-easy to make with 8 ingredients and only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time. Say hello to one of my longtime favorite shortcut recipes — ravioli lasagna. ♡ We’re all big lasagna fans here in our house. But let’s be real, layering up a pan of classic lasagna is a […]

This ravioli lasagna recipe is super-easy to make with 8 ingredients and only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time.

Say hello to one of my longtime favorite shortcut recipes — ravioli lasagna. ♡

We’re all big lasagna fans here in our house. But let’s be real, layering up a pan of classic lasagna is a labor of love, and one that rarely seems to fit into my schedule in this season of life with two little ones. Ravioli lasagna, however, couldn’t be easier!

Simply sauté a big pan of Italian sausage, onion and garlic and combine with your favorite marinara to make a quick meat sauce. (Or you can skip the sausage and keep this recipe vegetarian.) Layer the sauce in a baking dish with frozen tortellini (no need to thaw), ricotta and lots of mozzarella. Pop the pan in the oven and bake until the mix is hot and bubbly. Then top with extra Parmesan and fresh basil and dive on in. The ravioli swap magically provides all of the textures and flavors we all love in traditional lasagna without all of the work. And when layered with all of these classic ingredients tastes absolutely delicious.

Feel free to use whatever flavor of ravioli and marinara sauce that you love best. And if you’d like to toss in some extra veggies or greens, by all means, go for it. This recipe is incredibly flexible and reliable. So the next time you’re at the store, pop a few bags of frozen ravioli in your cart and let’s make a big pan of “lasagna” together!

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Lemony Broccoli Pesto Pasta

This vibrant lemony broccoli pesto pasta is quick and easy to make and full of fresh flavors. Your veggies, greens, and pasta…all in one gorgeous dish! ♡ We’re all big fans of this lemony broccoli pesto pasta here in our house for different reasons. Teo, our toddler, loves the vibrant color and has taken to […]

This vibrant lemony broccoli pesto pasta is quick and easy to make and full of fresh flavors.

Your veggies, greens, and pasta…all in one gorgeous dish! ♡

We’re all big fans of this lemony broccoli pesto pasta here in our house for different reasons. Teo, our toddler, loves the vibrant color and has taken to calling this recipe “super-green pasta”, since we have a lot of toddler-talk lately around here about how green veggies help keep our bodies nice and strong. My husband, Barclay, has yet to meet a pesto or broccoli dish that he doesn’t love, so this one was already a hit the first time I even mentioned the idea. And I — currently 38-weeks pregnant and highly motivated to get dinner on the table and off my feet stat, lol — really appreciate how a few easy shortcuts can bring this recipe together in just about 30 minutes of so. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious!!

I highly recommend using a bag of pre-cut refrigerated or frozen broccoli florets here to save you a bit of prep time. Then you can just toss them into the hot pasta water for a quick cook, transfer the broccoli to a food processor while the pasta cooks to purée it into a nutrient- and flavor-packed pesto with fresh spinach, lots of fresh basil, garlic, lemon, Parmesan, pine nuts (or almonds) and olive oil, then combine the sauce with perfectly al dente pasta to create a gorgeous pesto pasta.

It’s a fabulous dish served just on its own, or you’re of course welcome to mix in your favorite cooked protein (such as shrimp, chicken, salmon, Italian sausage) or roasted veggies if you would like. Or if you happen to be craving pasta salad on a nice warm day, this recipe works just as well served chilled instead of hot. Options, options.

However you make this one, I feel certain you’re going to love it as much as we do. So grab some broccoli and let’s make a big batch of pesto pasta together!

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Creamy Garlic Mushroom Orzo

This creamy garlic mushroom orzo pasta recipe is easy to make and always so comforting and delicious. Say hello to one of my favorite back-pocket recipes that’s elegant enough to dress up for a dinner party or date night…yet also totally easy enough to whip up for a busy weeknight dinner in. ♡ This comforting […]

This creamy garlic mushroom orzo pasta recipe is easy to make and always so comforting and delicious.

Say hello to one of my favorite back-pocket recipes that’s elegant enough to dress up for a dinner party or date night…yet also totally easy enough to whip up for a busy weeknight dinner in. ♡

This comforting creamy garlic mushroom orzo works for just about any occasion. And here in our house, it is always such a winner. It’s made with a full pound of mushrooms, which we’ll sauté in butter with garlic and shallots until browned and extra-flavorful. To those, we’ll layer in a creamy basil sauce made with lots of umami-rich Parmesan, plus some (optional) lemon juice and zest if you’d like. And just before serving, everything is mixed together with al dente orzo and fresh spinach to create a well-balanced, comforting, and beautiful pasta dish that everyone is certain to love.

We generally serve this dish vegetarian in our house, but feel free to add in an extra protein (Italian sausage, chicken, shrimp, etc) or some meatballs if you would like. You’re also totally welcome to add in some extra veggies or sun-dried tomatoes, or change the seasonings here completely (ideas below). The dish itself is quite flexible and versatile, so it’s a great one to bookmark and customize with whatever ingredients you happen to be craving and have on hand.

Let’s make some orzo!

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Lentil Bolognese

This hearty lentil bolognese recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan and simmered with the most delicious bold and savory flavors. On those days when you’re craving a cozy bowl of pasta alla bolognese but prefer to skip the meat, this lentil bolognese is here for you. ♡ We end up making some version of this […]

This hearty lentil bolognese recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan and simmered with the most delicious bold and savory flavors.

Lentil Bolognese with Pasta

On those days when you’re craving a cozy bowl of pasta alla bolognese but prefer to skip the meat, this lentil bolognese is here for you. ♡

We end up making some version of this plant-based bolognese most often in our house, especially so that my vegetarian husband and lentil-obsessed toddler can enjoy it. But I’m pretty sure that any meat-eaters in your own house will love it too!

The earthy lentils here add a wonderfully hearty texture and earthy flavor to the sauce, plus a generous extra dose of protein, which I love. And it’s hard to see, but there are a ton of finely-chopped mushrooms hiding in there too, which help to add that classically “meaty” umami flavor to the sauce along with the traditional carrots, onion and celery. I admittedly like to go big on seasonings when it comes to bolognese, with lots of garlic, herbs, crushed red pepper flakes, and a hint of balsamic vinegar added in for lots of savory flavor. And while traditional bolognese is usually finished with dairy milk, you’re welcome to sub in your favorite plain plant-based milk if you would like to make this recipe vegan.

Heads up that this recipe makes a big batch of sauce! So you can either use it to make a big pot of pasta, or save some of the leftovers sauce to freeze for later or serve again with gnocchi, polenta, potatoes, or whatever else sounds good.

Let’s simmer up a big batch together!
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Bruschetta Pasta

This bruschetta-inspired pasta is tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, onions, balsamic and finished with a sprinkling of crispy garlicky breadcrumbs. Ready to go in 30 minutes! Everything you love about fresh tomato basil bruschetta…tossed into a simple pasta! ♡ We are huge bruschetta fans in our house and love making a quick batch in […]

This bruschetta-inspired pasta is tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, onions, balsamic and finished with a sprinkling of crispy garlicky breadcrumbs. Ready to go in 30 minutes!

Everything you love about fresh tomato basil bruschetta…tossed into a simple pasta! ♡

We are huge bruschetta fans in our house and love making a quick batch in the summertime whenever the season’s tomatoes are at their peak. But for a fun change recently, I decided to try adding our usual bruschetta topping mix (chopped fresh cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, red onions, olive oil and balsamic) to a batch of spaghetti, sprinkled with a batch of my favorite garlicky breadcrumbs. And we absolutely loved it!

The raw ingredients in the bruschetta mix gives the pasta an extra burst of fresh flavor. And those golden garlicky breadcrumbs — inspired by the crostini in traditional bruschetta — add the perfect pop of crunchy texture to each bite. If you’re craving some protein, you are more than welcome to add in some chicken, shrimp, or salmon too.

This pasta seriously tastes like summertime in a bowl. So grab a big bowl of the ripest cherry tomatoes you can find, and let’s make a big batch together!

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