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What’s for Dinner Now That It’s Unofficially Summer?

We've got one-skillet salmon, grandma pizza, and pasta with fresh peas—just what you need for a delicious meal every night.

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It’s that time again; you’re thinking about dinner and what to cook. So here’s our weekly list of suggestions: dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time. Some recipes will be much faster than that. We’ll suggest what you can do to prep ahead and cut down on weeknight work. Recipes will be family-friendly, but we’ll stretch the boundaries beyond chicken tenders and broccoli. Yes, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. So visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.

Monday: The Absolute Best BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Star in Our Favorite Summer Menu

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Photography by: Ren Fuller

Here's a meal you'll have on repeat all season long. The pulled BBQ is made with chicken thighs and can be made up to three days ahead. We round out the menu with what's quite simply the best-ever pasta salad and a gorgeous, colorful, and crunchy slaw. Add in a cupcake dessert that looks like it's a sheet cake (but doesn't require slicing) and you'll agree this dinner is a winner.

 

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TUESDAY: Spring Vegetable Soup

So very spring, this quick veg-packed soup is a feast of asparagus, spinach, potatoes, peas, and herbs. It's easy, healthy, and delicious on a weeknight.

 

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WEDNESDAY: Broiled Salmon with Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

This is your versatile skillet dish of the week: a sophisticated and delicious dinner party-worthy one-pot dinner made in only 25 minutes.

 

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THURSDAY: Tagliatelle with Mashed Peas and Pecorino

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Photography by: Johnny Miller

Tagliatelle: It doesn't get as much attention as penne or even linguine, but you know it should. Here it's the perfect foil for sweet English peas and sautéed shallots. Consider it a grown-up version of noodles with butter. This dish is sure to be a hit with everyone at the dinner table.

 

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FRIDAY: Red-Hot Chicken and Chickpeas

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Photography by: Sidney Bensimon

Every night isn't for grilling, but that doesn't mean you're confined to the kitchen tonight. After the 10 minutes of prep, feel free to hang out on the deck or in the garden while the oven cooks your dinner.

 

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SATURDAY: Grandma-Style Pizza

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Photography by: Paola + Murray

Winner, winner pizza dinner: grandma pizza is all the rage, and after you taste the thick, focaccia-like dough on this pie, you'll understand why. The dough takes just 15 minute to make but will need 45 minutes to rise, and the pizza needs 20 minutes to cook—that's why we consider this fabulous pizza a weekend meal.

 

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SUNDAY: Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary Gremolata

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Photography by: Con Poulos

Thick bone-in pork chops pair with a gremolata made with rosemary needles, almonds, orange zest and juice, and olive oil. Don't discard the rosemary stalks: they're used to skewer figs, apricots, or peaches to serve on the side. Serve with Crisp Roasted Potatoes.

 

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