Weekend Menu Planning: No-Cook Pasta Sauce for Nights When It's Too Hot to Cook

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It's still hot weather in many parts of the U.S., and menu options that don't involve cooking are a great choice for this kind of weather. It's also a good time to take advantage of fresh vegetables from the garden or farmers market if you have them.

It was only a few years ago that I was introduced to the idea of a no-cook pasta sauce, where the hot pasta is tossed with a mixture of chopped tomatoes or other vegetables, but now it's one of my favorite summer meals.

Some recipes call for the tomatoes or veggies to marinate in olive oil and herbs for a few hours, while others just chop the veggies and toss with the pasta. This kind of sauce for pasta is quick, flavorful, and it shows off the fresh taste of summer vegetables with a meal that's a bit more substantial than a salad. If it's hot in your kitchen, here are some no-cook pasta sauce ideas, tested by food bloggers just for you!

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Photo of Pasta Provencale with Basil, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, and Olives
from TasteFood

At TasteFood I found this Pasta Provencale with Basil, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, and Olives. Just chop veggies, cook the pasta, and toss, and dinner is on the table.

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Photo of Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella
from The Way the Cookie Crumbles

Another tasty-looking sauce featuring tomatoes is this Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella from The Way the Cookie Crumbles. This recipe combines the tomatoes with olive oil, scallions, garlic, salt, and pepper while the pasta cooks.

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Photo of Linguini with Roasted Pepper Sauce and Pine Nuts
from The Italian Dish

Not every sauce needs tomatoes, and here's a delightful-looking Linguini with Roasted Pepper Sauce and Pine Nuts from The Italian Dish. This sauce uses pre-roasted peppers, so it's not completely uncooked, but the peppers are used at room temperature in the sauce when it's tossed with the hot pasta, so the sauce itself isn't cooked.

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Photo of No-Cook Tomato Sauce
from Andrea Meyers

Andrea from the blog Andrea Meyers is using wonderful San Marzano tomatoes for her No-Cook Tomato Sauce which also has garlic, basil, and thyme.

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Photo of Penne Pasta with Tomato, Herb, and Feta No-Cook Pasta Sauce
from Kalyn's Kitchen

Finally, I've made several no-cook tomato sauces for pasta, but my favorite would probably be this Penne Pasta with Tomato, Herb, and Feta No-Cook Pasta Sauce which has fresh parsley, basil, and oregano to add to the flavor.


More No-Cook Pasta Sauce Ideas

Uncooked Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Whole Wheat Spaghetti ~ from Fried Wontons for You

Fancy Mac and Cheese with No Cook Sauce ~ from FoodMomiac

Caprese Pasta ~ from Iron Stef

Fresh Uncooked Tomato Sauce ~ from Whistlestop Cafe Cooking

Tomato Sauce for Pasta, Fresh and Uncooked ~ from Like Mother, Like Daughter

Penne with Uncooked Salami Sauce ~ from Family Food

Spaghetti Salad (Spaghetti with Salsa Cruda) ~ from Cooking with Amy

Raw Tomato Sauce ~ from Words to Eat By

Angel Hair Zucchini ~ from Words to Eat By

Whole Wheat Penne with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and White Beans from Dani Spies

Have you ever made a no-cook pasta sauce? If you have a good recipe for this kind of sauce, please share your link or the recipe in a comment.

(Every week on BlogHer, we spotlight five recipes with a common theme for a feature called Weekend Menu Planning, hoping one of them might make it onto the menu at your house. You can find previous recipes shared by checking the Weekend Menu Planning Archives or clicking the tag Weekend Menu Planning.)

Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's focused on creating low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn made her first No-Cook Pasta Sauce in 2007, and she's been experimenting with them ever since.

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