Lemon Picnic Pasta and a Free Printable Label (Plus 20 more fantastic summer recipes!)

Summer is great for light and easy recipes and I’ve joined forces with some other fabulous bloggers to bring you some fantastic summer recipes!

I love the flavors of lemon in the summer. I usually think of lemon dessert when I have a bunch of lemons, but this savory pasta dish comes in as my favorite picnic dish ever!


In fact, I am in love with this new pasta we made for our picnic last week. I call it “Lemon Picnic Pasta” because you can take it with you on a picnic, and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated. In fact, it is BEST when eaten warm or at room temperature. And that is the best kind of dish to take on a picnic!

It’s a quick recipe to throw together, too. {Bonus!} All you have to do is first, boil the bowtie pasta in water until al dente. Drain.
Add the butter, garlic, olive oil, salt, basil and lemon zest. (Find the full recipe near the end of this post). Stir well to well incorporate. Then simply enjoy!


Have you ever used a pair of these herb scissors? They are so great for cutting your basil into ribbons (chiffonade) for this dish! Or you can use a knife or a pair of regular herb scissors, but these are WAY more fun. :)


That lemon zest adds just the right amount of freshness and flavor to the dish. It is so refreshing in this pasta dish!


Just look at that pasta bursting with basil and lemon flavor! My husband prefers a little less lemon than what I usually put in, so I suggest you add a little at a time and taste it for yourself. You can always add more. :)


To take this on a picnic, just package it up in a chinese take-out box and add your label.  Oh, yes, I made a Lemon Picnic Pasta label just for you! If you don’t have printable label sheets, you can print it on regular paper and just tape it onto your take-out box.


To download this tag, just like my blog here:

Then download the pdf tag here:  lemon picnic pasta tag pdf

Oh, and before I forget, here’s the RECIPE for Lemon Picnic Pasta:

Lemon Picnic Pasta | Sunshine In My Pocket

Lemon Picnic Pasta | Sunshine In My Pocket


  • 4 c. bowtie pasta
  • 4-6 leaves of basil, cut into ribbons
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 T. olive oil
  • lemon zest of one lemon
  • pinch of salt (or to taste)


  1. Boil pasta in water until cooked al dente. Drain.
  2. Add butter to hot pasta and stir to melt.
  3. Add garlic, basil and lemon zest.
  4. Drizzle on olive oil. Add pinch of salt.
  5. Stir well to incorporate.
  6. Eat it warm or at room temperature.
  7. Store leftovers in refrigerator, and warm them in microwave before serving.

Enjoy your picnic and your Picnic Pasta!


And now, take a look at these great summer recipes:

Summer Recipes

  1. Great-Grandma’s “Secret-Ingredient” Potato Salad
  2. Blueberry Pie Bars
  3. Watermelon Green Tea
  4. Independence Day Cranberry Pop Rocks Mocktail
  5. Fruit Pizza
  6. Zucchini Recipes
  7. Grilled Pizza
  8. Fruit Yogurt Parfaits
  9. Root Beer Float Popsicles
  10. Watermelon Smoothie
  11. Refreshing Summer Noodle Salad
  12. Frozen Banana Rum Cocktails
  13. Coke Float Popsicles
  14. Peach Cobbler Cupcakes
  15. Lemon Picnic Pasta
  16. Sand Castle Rice Krispies
  17. Frozen Chocolate Bananas
  18. BBQ Chicken Pizza
  19. Watermelon Berry Chia Seeds Pops
  20. Fresh Summer Melon Ideas
  21. How to cut a watermelon
  22. And, even more Favorite Summer Recipes


May your days be filled with sunshine,

Sunshine In My Pocket

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22 Responses to Lemon Picnic Pasta and a Free Printable Label (Plus 20 more fantastic summer recipes!)

  1. Laura June 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Love his and the printable is darling!

    • KariV June 28, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Heather June 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    This looks fantastic!

    • KariV June 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      Thanks! It’s one of my favorite summer pasta recipes! :)

  3. Emily June 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Bowtie pasta is one of our faves and this looks absolutely delicious!

  4. Leslie Lambert July 4, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Oh my goodness…this looks delicious! Perfect summer dish. This would be perfect to link-up to my Create It Thursday post…it’s live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/07/create-it-thursday-9-plus-feautres.html

    • KariV July 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Thank you, Leslie! I’ll take a look! :)

  5. Jeni July 5, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    The pasta looks so good! I love lemon and basil!

  6. Crystal July 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    YUMMY! Stopping by from the Family Dinner link party! Would love to have you also link this up at the Ladies Only Blog Share link party! Our theme this week is Red, White & BBQ. :)


    • KariV July 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Thanks, Crystal! I’ll check it out. :)

  7. Leslie July 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #10! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea last week! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/07/create-it-thursday-10-plus-features.html

    • KariV July 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      Thank you, Leslie! I am truly honored! :)


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