All of my favorite summer recipes... whether it's BBQ, camping or cool desserts! xo Giada De Laurentiis
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Coffee granita really is the perfect Italian treat on a warm day – the icy texture of the granita with a strong coffee flavor paired with freshly whipped cream is just wonderful. Even better? This is so easy to make. Just mix up some coffee, sugar, a pinch of salt and vanilla (or you can use a flavored coffee syrup, if you like – hazelnut would be fun!) and let it freeze. Scrape up the frozen bits after 2 hours, then freeze again – scrape again after a final 2 hours, and it’s done.
We love the combination of fresh corn and spicy Italian sausage – it’s a perfect marriage of sweet-and-heat. In this tasty summer pizza, those ingredients are the stars alongside fresh mozzarella, arugula and basil. Simplicity at its finest! If you don’t have fresh corn on hand, that’s fine – thawed out frozen corn will work great, too.
I love a Caprese salad, and so I’ll take it in any form! This Roasted Caprese Salad with Burrata is a delicious spin that everyone will love. Roasting tomatoes pulls out all that excess water, so it concentrates the tomato’s flavor – and makes them super deliciously sweet! Topped with basil, arugula, and lots of torn burrata cheese, salt and olive oil… does it get any better than that?
These no-cook pasta sauces are some of our favorite summer staples. The only thing you need to cook in these recipes is the actual pasta itself! When it's too hot for real cooking, you want something light and quick. These easy sauces tick all the boxes! Throw on some extra goodies like cherry tomatoes, greens or a sprinkle of cheese, and bam – dinner is ready without breaking a sweat.
The Sicilian granita is ingrained in Italian summertime tradition – and you can make it right at home with ease! The beauty of this dessert? You don’t actually need to book a ticket to Sicily to get an authentic taste of the frosty snack (but, hey, it couldn’t hurt!). Its an incredibly simple recipe to make: blend up your ingredients, freeze, scrape, done. Our favorite flavors are coffee, strawberry, and even Caprese!
We love Caprese salad in all its many forms, but this Caprese granita has to be the ultimate summer treat! Giada has loved using tomatoes as a base for sorbets and granitas for a long time, and with good reason! Tomatoes are fruit, after all, and their late-summer sweetness is unbeatable. It's a really fun and unique way to enjoy an Italian summer classic that's extra fresh and icy.
My spicy melon salad is a fun and delicious way to upgrade any summer dinner. Cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon provide different textures and sweetness, while the serrano chili peppers, red pepper flakes, and whole peppercorns add serious heat to this summertime salad. The lime juice and honey round out the flavors of this zesty dressing. The best part? All you have to do is heat it for a few minutes to meld the flavors! It couldn’t be easier.
Once you try Giada’s Italian corn on the cob, and you’ll have trouble eating it any other way! When corn is in the height of its season, you don’t need to add a lot to make it delicious. Giada’s take on the quintessential summer side dish only requires 5 ingredients (ones that you likely have already!) and it takes it to the next level! Italian corn on the cob will be your go-to, simple-as-can-be side dish for all of your summer proteins.
The perfect Italian summer treat: coffee granita! Just mix up some coffee, sugar, a pinch of salt and vanilla (or you can use a flavored coffee syrup, if you like – hazelnut would be fun!) and let it freeze. Scrape up the frozen bits after 2 hours, then freeze again – scrape again after a final 2 hours, and it’s done. You can make a big batch and keep it in your freezer, too… you’ll be thankful for it on a hot day!
Cocktail meets refreshing summer treat in Giada’s Boozy Watermelon Popsicles! These grown-up popsicles combine so much of what we love about summer: fresh seasonal produce, a refreshing icey treat, and a little kick of alcohol! There’s seriously nothing like a frozen, icey treat when the double digits start getting to triple digit territory – and these vodka-spiked ones make lounging outside feel extra summery and festive.
A quintessential Italian-American summer grilling recipe! After an hour of marinating, this super-flavorful bbq shrimp cooks up in mere minutes. Serve with a bowl of marinara for an Italian spin on shrimp cocktail! It's a great appetizer for a summer dinner, or it makes a great party food for a crowd.
These easy no-cook pasta sauce recipes are a summer lifesaver! Pasta salad is a quintessential summer dish, and it's even better when there's minimal cooking involved. The only thing you need to cook in these recipes is the actual pasta itself! Throw on some extra goodies like cherry tomatoes, greens or a sprinkle of cheese, and bam – dinner is ready without breaking a sweat.
Pizza Friday just got a summer makeover! We love the combination of fresh corn and spicy Italian sausage – it’s a perfect marriage of sweet-and-heat. In this tasty summer pizza, those ingredients are the stars alongside fresh mozzarella, arugula and basil. Simplicity at its finest! Homemade pizza dough is always great, but store-bought works just fine, too.