There’s nothing quite like summer cooking. With fresh produce bursting from the garden, it’s the perfect time for cold pastas, no-bake side dishes, fresh fruit salads and—of course—refreshing cocktails.
We don’t want you to cook anything less than the best this year, so you can soak up every day of summertime cooking and eating. If you’re looking for an incredible seasonal recipe to try, check out these 14 Summer Italian Dishes that you simply have to make before Fall rolls around.
This spicy pizza pie is loaded up with all your fiery favorites—like hot & spicy pesto, jalapeño peppers and Pepper Jack cheese. If you can stand the heat, this is the perfect pizza for you!
‘Tis the season for gazpacho, a chilled, velvety soup made from summer’s best produce. In this recipe, we combine your favorite summer veggies with our rich passata and then add Calabrian chili pepper oil for the perfect amount of heat. Bet you never knew cold soup could taste so good.
We paired up avocado toast with the best flavors of Italian-style bruschetta for the perfect summer starter. Just take a fresh baguette; top it with mashed avocados, smoky-sweet tomatoes and crisp summer corn; then finish it off with our fragrant Simply Pesto sauce. Perfecto!
When life hands you an abundance of fresh tomatoes, there’s only one thing to do: Make tomato sauce! In this no-cook version, you can ditch the hot stovetop and simply give the ingredients time to marinate. Just add hot pasta and you’ve got big flavor for a super easy weeknight meal.
Grilling season is the perfect time to experiment with new flavors. With spicy Calabrian chili peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, and tangy balsamic vinegar, this marinade is a must for summer grilling. We love to pair it with chicken thighs, but it’s also a great complement to chicken breasts, beef, pork, or lamb.
Nothing tops off a summer meal like this refreshing, orange-flavored Italian classic. With Aperol, soda and champagne, this cocktail is perfect for toasting with good friends and family. Saluti!
Garden-fresh zucchini adds the perfect amount of summery freshness to traditional pasta with alfredo sauce. This meal is ready in minutes—simply sauté the zucchini, add it to creamy alfredo sauce, and toss with fusilli col buco. Dinner’s ready!
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