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


Total Time:

15 minutes



I bought 2 lbs of basil last weekend at the farm. 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

My famous Basil Vinaigrette tossed into a summer pasta is the recipe of the summer!! You'll be obsessed!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people


  • 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


  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • 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.

For the Basil Vinaigrette:

  • 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. GG

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

  2. monika

    Oooooh, I love this for a quick and delicious summer meal. Basil is the bomb!

  3. Catherine Lee

    What kind of pasta is that? It’s so unique to look at! Gonna try this recipe asap!

  4. Laura

    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 🙂

  5. Caitlin

    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.

  6. Ashlee

    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!

  7. Becky

    How long can this vinaigrette be kept fresh in the refrigerator?

  8. Lori

    One of my favorite dishes! I’ll definitely be making this again. My family LOVED it!

  9. meagan

    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.

  10. Ami Sirlin

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

  11. Michelle

    Would this feed 6 adults and some toddlers, or should I double?

  12. Robin

    I made this pasta tonight for the second time! Tonight I used whole wheat penne pasta, and added cooked shrimp after the zucchini just started to soften. It was incredible. I have leftovers, but can’t wait to make it again!

  13. Cathleen Luoma

    Could I turn a homemade pesto sauce into this vin by simply adding vinegar to it?

    • Gaby

      ya and you’ll probably need to thin it out further with some olive oil

  14. Susan Suarez

    5 stars
    Gaby, I used to be scared of cooking until I read about you in the Daily News. I immediately ordered your new cookbook. I’ve been trying your recipes and guess what? You have made me cook the scared right out of me. Thank you for making recipes that are a delicious delight!

  15. Lucia Donahower

    Hi Gaby,
    Thank you for this Basil Vinaigrette recipe. It looks delicious and easy.
    Have a great weekend.

  16. Britni

    5 stars
    Wellllllll that was delicious. And simple. And bright. And satisfying. And comforting. And delicious… Bye. I’ll be making this every night for the rest of summer. Thanks! Topped ours with mozzarella balls and it was luscious.

  17. Kerry

    If I am using the basil vinaigrette on your pizza recipe could I sub the red wine vinegar for balsamic vinegar or apple cider? With COVID I can’t find red wine in my small neighborhood San Fran speciality shops and don’t want to go to Whole Foods.

    • Gaby

      yes i think apple cider would be the best bet!

  18. Peggy

    5 stars
    Wow, this recipe was a big hit here tonight. Neither my husband nor my ten year old daughter care for zucchini but they devoured this pasta. Such a light and fresh summer dinner! This is going on rotation all summer long.

  19. Harley

    5 stars
    Oh Em Gee. Wasn’t so sure about this recipe but it came together beautifully. Unfortunately, everyone loved it so much that there are no leftovers. I did kick up the red pepper flakes because we like a kick to everything. Almost put in some bell peppers but decided to make as written.
    Do you think that either yellow or orange bell peppers would work?

    • Gaby

      absolutely! any veggie would really be a great addition

  20. Shushruth K P

    Me and my wife love this recipe. It’s simple and tastes awesome.

  21. Carol

    5 stars
    This vinaigrette and the cilantro vinaigrette are SO amazing!! And versatile!! Just today I was improvising a minestrone and it needed some oomph. Thank you very much Basil Vinaigrette!! I had frozen it in ice cube trays……so convenient! It added that extra something something that made the soup over the top delicious! If you haven’t tried either of these you are missing out!!

  22. Lisa

    5 stars
    Amazing! This will be my new standard. I also added a little mustard to brush on chicken .
    Thank you!!!

  23. Britni

    5 stars
    Ooh la la! Made this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS!! Thanks for another fantastic recipe

  24. Chrystal

    5 stars
    Just made this. Absolutely the best pasta I’ve ever eaten! The best recipe!

  25. Laura Trama

    Can this be made and eaten room temperature? I am doing a lunch with a garlic honey mustard chicken as main course and was looking for a pasta salad type dish that I could make before guests arrive.
    Thank you and thank you for being cute as a button always making me laugh when doing a video.

  26. Kat

    I’m not sure what I did wrong but I tried this and it didn’t taste very good. It just didn’t taste like much of anything, not really a strong basil flavor. I’m thinking maybe my basil wasn’t fresh enough?