14 Summer Italian Dishes

POSTED June 19, 2019

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 grain bowl was made for summer, thanks to the combination of garden-fresh cherry tomatoes, blanched green beans and perfectly chewy orzo. Top the dish with our easy Squeeze Pesto topping and you have a perfect summer side dish in minutes.

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!

This fast and easy entrée has all the best flavors of lasagna without involving a hot oven. We sauté thinly sliced summer squash, juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh corn; combine it with cooked lasagna noodles and creamy ricotta; and serve it all up for a fresh and flavorful dinner.

‘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!

This is the refreshing summer dessert you’ve been looking for. Bright and tangy homemade frozen yogurt meets a swirl of mouth-puckering cherry jam for a combination that is utter perfection.

This zoodles recipe is packed with zesty flavor from our passata rustica tomato puree, briny olives, and lots of fresh basil and parmesan. Try this lighter take on spaghetti and tomato sauce for your next pasta night!

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.

We take traditional caprese salad and serve it up on skewers for the perfect appetizer while you’re waiting for the grill to heat up. The best part? Each of these skewers is bursting with fresh summer flavors, from juicy tomatoes to earthy basil.

Grill sweet summer peaches for a smoky, caramelized flavor that pairs perfectly with herby pesto and creamy burrata. Top it off with flakes of sweet, nutty almonds for a light and tasty dessert.

This cool salad of watermelon, creamy feta and smoky Calamata olives is a unique way to enjoy some of summer’s best flavors. Try it as a cubed watermelon salad or serve the watermelon in wedges topped with all the ingredients.

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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