40 best summer recipes of 2021 from salads to dessert

Will Kreznick

After spending a long time out in the hot summer sun, a certain kind of meal — something comforting yet refreshing — can turn a regular day into a memorable one.

Some dishes are best served at room temp for those lazy, hot afternoons, while others should be served hot off the grill with a fresh salad and summery pasta. Top it all off with one of those wonderful summer desserts — you know: ice pops, no-bake cakes or homemade ice cream.

Here are a few of TODAY Food’s best summer recipes for when you’re craving something light, bright and

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TikTok’s 3-Ingredient Cacio e Pepe Recipe With Photos

Will Kreznick

I would bend over backwards for a plate of creamy, cheesy pasta any day of the week. Unfortunately, I’m the world’s worst cook when it comes to pasta recipes that include milk, heavy cream, or any kind of meticulous cheese-melting process. It’s not just because I’m an impatient cook, but I always somehow find a way to mess it up. At least I know where my weakness is in the kitchen, right?

If you can relate, then you’ll love TikToker Pina Bresciani’s three-ingredient cacio e pepe recipe, which only calls for spaghetti, black peppercorns, and pecorino romano. (For my

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The World’s Best Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe

Will Kreznick

ONE THING THAT strikes you right away about this tuna melt: It’s at least as much melt as it is tuna. “The ratio is about 50/50,” said chef Mona Talbott. “I started making it as a quick and easy weekday dinner. My core pod loved it.”

For Ms. Talbott’s final Slow Food Fast recipe, she calls on the expertise of Kate Arding, her partner in Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions in Hudson, N.Y., and an authority on farmhouse cheese. The melter here is Lancashire, an English cow’s milk cheese with a mellow, buttery character and lovely lemony tang. Ms.

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All the Summer Recipes Our Food Staff Cooked in June

Will Kreznick

Isn’t summer grocery shopping just pure ecstasy? The possibilities are endless: succulent stone fruit and berries as far as the eye can see, all the fresh seafood you could ever want, and vegetables — summer squash, okra, corn — that taste as if they were plucked from the sun-warmed dirt just hours earlier. Last month, the Food staff made the most of summer’s bounty while keeping the recipes short, sweet and, most importantly, low on heat (with a few exceptions). Here are the best recipes we cooked in June.

At the first opportunity to gather a crowd, I made Gabrielle

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Easy Recipes Everyone Will Love

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