Blame it on my Italian descent, but I’ve loved pasta for as long as I can remember. Though there are countless ways to make a delicious pasta dish, I often reach for whichever seasonal vegetables I have in stock, toss them with any pasta I have on hand, and top it all off with lemon, herbs, and butter. The combination is completely foolproof, and nothing beats a simple, fresh pasta when you’re short on time.

Whether spring or summer, angel-hair or bow-tie, a tasty pasta dish never fails to deliver (especially when shaved parmesan is involved). Click through to see our 20 favorite easy pasta recipes, and since these are just as are easy to make as they are mouth-watering, don’t be surprised if you struggle to pick just one to inspire your next meal!

Roasted Cherry Tomato Cappellini from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Campanella with Burrata Cheese, Lemon, and Garlic from A Thousand Threads

Penne Bake with Spinach and Tomatoes by Bev Cooks

Baby Pea, Asparagus, Prosciutto & Kale Spaghetti with Lemon & Macadamia Pangrattato by What Katie Ate

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta by Love and Lemons

Vermicelli Tofu Noodle Bowl from Flourishing Foodie

Grilled Kale and Red Pepper Tuscan Pasta Salad from Half Baked Harvest

Fresh Pasta with Lemon, Rosemary, and Pine Nuts from Camille Styles

20-Minute Lemon Pesto Penne from Pinch of Yum

Herby Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Garlic, Kale, Fennel + Shallots by A Happy Hearted Kitchen

No-Carb Pasta by The Londoner

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pasta by Camille Styles

Pasta with Black Beans, Kale and Spicy Chicken Sausage from Eat, Live, Run

Mediterranean Pasta by a House in the Hills

Spring Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs by How Sweet It Is

Amended Pasta Frutti di Mare by Annette Joseph for Camille Styles

Chicken Pad Thai from Creme de la Crumb

White Wine & Manchego Asparagus Carbonara from Ciao Veggie

Deconstructed Zucchini Manicotti from A Cozy Kitchen

Summer Greek Style Pasta with Tomatoes, Feta, and Dill from The Tart Tart

This post was originally published on March 6, 2015, and has since been updated.

  1. 1
    Molly McConn | March 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Love them all!!! Especially Grilled Kale and Red Pepper Tuscan Pasta Salad from Half Baked Harvest. Any with anchovies? 😉

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    Lemonee | March 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Pasta is always, always, good. My origin is French, not Italian, and I would still have pastas e.v.e.r.y.d.a.y if I could 🙂 Looking forward to add variety to my meals with your recipes!

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    aspoonfulofnature | March 7, 2015 at 3:50 am

    looks amaziing!!

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    Clever Girl Reviews | March 7, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I’m going to pretend this post doesn’t exist until my husband is off his diet!

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    Lovely Sharice | March 14, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Yummy and it looks so easy to try!

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    Christine @ Ciao Veggie | March 15, 2015 at 5:07 am

    What a fabulous round-up and many thanks for including my carbonara recipe! 🙂

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    The Queen of Dreaming | March 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Well being an italian girl who also lives in Parma (where Parmesan is made and shipped all over the world!) make s me craving for pasta like… everyday? How do people all over the world live without eating pasta at least once a day? It maybe sounds crazy from the outside, but in Italy it’s really crazy the opposite ahah! I’m definitely gonna try some of these recipes! 😉

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    Rochelle Payton | March 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    definitely going to try the spaghetti squash, roasted garlic, kale, fennel, and shallots pasta dish

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    Sweet Tea Sweetie | March 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

    So many delicious choices!! It’s hard to pick a favorite!

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    miki | December 11, 2020 at 5:02 am

    Cherry tomato pasta is my absolute favorite one. I adore simple thing, I find them super delicious !
    Miki x

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