5 Versatile Summer Pasta Dishes


5. Summer Zucchini Orzo


Zucchini and squash taste their best in the summer. Pair this light side dish with chicken, fish, or lamb, and serve with a crisp white wine.

  • Cuisine: American;
  • Category: Side Dish;
  • Serves: 2-4;
  • Prep Time:10 min;
  • Cook time:20 min;
  • Nutrition Per Serving: 408;


  • 1 box orzo pasta, cooked to al dente and drained
  • Juice from one large lemon
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow crookneck squash, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, sauté white and green onions in olive oil until soft and translucent, but not browned. Add garlic, zucchini and squash and cook another 10-15 minutes, until softened. Add orzo, lemon juice, lime juice and lime zest and toss to mix well. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Mix it up: Turn this simple pasta dish into a hearty vegetarian main course with the addition of chopped eggplant, mushrooms, snap peas and tomatoes.

Summer is the perfect time to make light pasta dishes. There’s no time to cook the whole day or evening, when there are so many interesting things to do outside. Enjoy this summer season with these versatile summer pasta dishes and feel free to share your recipes with us in the comments section.

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