Basil Vinaigrette Pasta (The ONLY summer pasta you need)!

I bought 2 lbs of basil last weekend at the farmers market. Who am I and am I planning to cook for an army of humans? Obviously Basil Vinaigrette Pasta was the natural way to put all of it to use!

Basil Vinaigrette Pasta from (@whatsgabycookin)

I you’ve never made basil vinaigrette before, you need to drop whatever you’re doing right this very minute, go to the store, buy all the ingredients, and then go find yourself a blender. It’s the best multi-use sauce you could possible make this summer and it goes on EVERYTHING. Like literally everything – case in point right here. But today it’s on this Basil Vinaigrette Pasta.

Basil Vinaigrette Pasta from (@whatsgabycookin)

This time around the basil vinaigrette is getting tossed with some fresh short pasta and some summer veggies. It’s perfection. The zucchini gives it some bite, the basil infuses everything it touches and the pasta is al dente just the way I like it. It’s truly one of the easiest summer pasta dishes you could make! Serve it hot, cold or at room temperature and you’re in business! And it will double as an incredible leftover lunch the next day!

And if you want to make a double batch of basil vinaigrette – be my guest! I made a triple batch and then froze it in ice cub trays so I could pop a few out whenever needed and use on basically every summer recipe from now until October!

Basil Vinaigrette Pasta

Yield: Serves 4-6

Basil Vinaigrette Pasta


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 zucchini, cut into coins and quartered
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Fresh basil and parmesan to garnish
  • For the Basil Vinaigrette:
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves, stems removed (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant. Add the zucchini and saute until just soft. Add the pasta and ½ cup of basil vinaigrette and toss to combine. Add more basil vinaigrette as needed. Season with salt and pepper and lemon juice and serve.
  3. For the Basil Vinaigrette:
  4. Combine all the ingredients for the basil vinaigrette in a high powered blender and blend for 60 seconds until very smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

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  1. O M G! The basil Vinaigrette is da bomb! Thanks for the recipe!
    -Gabby (yes! 2 b’s) best name ever right?

  2. This was our dinner tonight and it was super delish!!! My basil was going crazy so I was happy to find a good use for it. Grilled up some salmon to go with – perfect Summer din din 🙂

  3. This pasta is amazing. Fresh, simple, clean, and delicious. My kids tore it apart tonight, even my picky eater who normally won’t even let me put butter on her pasta! This is going on the weekly recipe list for sure!
    I didn’t have any peas or asparagus so I used steam in a bag green beans, I just took a minute off the cook time. I also used the Barilla veggie rotini bc it’s what I had. It was SO GOOD. I planned on making chicken with it but ran out of time, and I’m glad because it would’ve been too much food.

  4. I recently went dairy-free and I missed pesto. This was a nice option. The sauce by itself is a little bitter due to the vinegar, but it was super yummy mixed together. I think the sweetness of the veggies really stood out. Yum!

  5. This is so delicious! Tried it for the first time several days ago and today made a double batch of the vinaigrette so we can have it on hand always! Trader Joes has 4oz containers of basil for $2.79 currently! So easy to make. For the pasta part of this dish I recommend using multiple zucchinis, I felt like 1 (even though we used a huge one) wasn’t enough for a pound of pasta.

  6. This was seriously the best pasta ever. My son ate 2 bowls and asked me to please make it again! Thank you!!

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