Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Seasonal vegetables and fruit are just about jumping out of the garden and tumbling off the produce stands now. Many of our readers have asked for ideas on how to incorporate this goodness into simple, hassle-free meals. Here's a recent question.

Q. It is too hot to cook and I just don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Do you have any ideas for quick summery suppers?

A cool pasta salad is a popular choice for supper during the warm weather months. Quick to fix (boil, chop, and toss) and easy on the budget, these fast and fresh pasta dishes can be on the table in the time it takes to prepare a package of pasta. Read through these recipes and you will realize how easy it is to substitute ingredients with whatever fresh fruit or vegetable you have on hand.

 

Mix 'n Match Spring Pasta Toss Photo: Hector Sanchez Styling: Caroline Cunningham

Your prolific basil plant will come in handy when you prepare this colorful pasta salad and herb vinaigrette. Enjoy the deep, concentrated flavor of broiled tomatoes in Pasta With Burst Tomatoes. A deli chicken, fresh vegetables and herbs combine to make this Farmer's Market Pasta Salad a suppertime favorite, with plenty of salad leftover for lunch the next day. Check out this collection of quick and easy pasta suppers; you may just find a family favorite.

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