10 Quick and Dirty, No-Oven Summer Dinner Recipes

Summer is here, and the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven and heat up your kitchen. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 10 quick summer dinner recipes (no oven required!) from Piatto Recipes. These dishes are not only delicious but also easy to prepare, perfect for those hot summer nights when you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the outdoors.

Panzanella Salad

This classic Italian bread and tomato salad is the perfect way to use up stale bread and ripe tomatoes. It’s a refreshing and hearty salad that’s perfect for a light dinner or lunch.

Italian Bread Salad Recipe: Panzanella
There are many variations of the famous Panzanella Bread Salad throughout Italy. This recipe is the perfect fresh spring or summer meal, with whole slices of sourdough bread and seasonal vegetables. So tasty!
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Nonna’s Pan-Roasted Tomatoes

These pan-roasted tomatoes are a delicious side dish that can be served with grilled meats or fish. They’re also great on their own as a light dinner with a slice of crusty bread.

Nonna’s Pan Roasted Tomatoes Recipe
Savor the vibrant and sun-kissed flavors of Italy with a classic dish that embodies the very essence of Mediterranean cuisine: Pan Roasted Tomatoes with Herbs. This recipe from PIATTO's Nonna Margherita is one of our favorite summer meals!
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Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Basil

This pasta dish is a summer classic. The fresh tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil make for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Basil
Fast and fresh tomato sauce for pasta—the Italian way! Fresh tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano and extra-virgin olive oil make this dish both delicious and nutritious. Fast, easy and perfect for a hot day.
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Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

This traditional Sicilian dish is a flavorful combination of eggplant, tomatoes, olives, and capers. It’s a versatile dish that can be served as a side, a main, or even as a topping for bruschetta.

Authentic Italian Caprese Salad

This classic Italian salad is a celebration of summer’s best flavors: ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil. It’s a simple yet delicious dish that’s perfect for a quick dinner.

Authentic Italian Caprese Salad Recipe
The charm of Insalata Caprese lies in its simplicity. The authentic Caprese Salad recipe calls for just a few key ingredients: ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt!
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Basil Pesto Pasta

This pasta dish is a summer staple. The fresh basil pesto is vibrant and flavorful, making it the perfect sauce for a light and refreshing pasta dish.

Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe
This healthy and tasty dish features authentic Pesto Genovese served with trofie pasta, potatoes and fresh green beans. It is a traditional dish associated with Pesto Genovese in Italy.
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Italian Tuna Salad

This isn’t your average tuna salad. This Italian version is a flavorful combination of tuna, olives, and capers. It’s a light and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a quick dinner.

Tuna Mousse Recipe (Italian Tuna Salad)
Tuna Mousse is Italy’s answer to ‘tuna salad.’ It is often found in bars during the aperativo, coffee shops and even bakeries and convenient stores. The tuna mousse is typically served as a sandwich filling or inside rolled-up roasted red peppers.
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Italian Tuna Salad - Tuna Mousse

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

This classic Italian pasta dish is simplicity at its best. With just a few ingredients – garlic, olive oil, and chili flakes – you can whip up a delicious and satisfying meal in no time.

Best Spaghetti Aglio Olio Recipe (Garlic and Oil Pasta)
The fastest pasta dish in Italy! This simple pasta dish is nonetheless packed with flavor. It is a favorite in Italy for lunch breaks or for a midnight snack. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is popular throughout Italy, but originated in Naples.

Italian Steak Tagliata

This Italian steak dish is a great way to enjoy a hearty meal without turning on your oven. The steak is cooked on the stovetop and served with a flavorful herb and arugula salad.

Best Italian Steak Recipe: Tagliata (In a Pan)!
One of the best Italian steak recipes in Italy has to be the Tagliata! Tagliata is a sirloin steak cooked to perfection (usually, rare) and plated as thin slices (tagliata means cut in Italian).  It’s a traditional Tuscan dish.

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

This traditional pasta dish from Naples is bursting with flavor from tomatoes, garlic, olives, capers, and anchovies. It’s a quick and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca Recipe: Authentic Italian!
A classic pasta dish from Naples, this traditional Spaghetti alla Puttanesca recipe is so satisfying and easy to whip up in minutes.
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Bonus: Italian Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

This seafood pasta dish is a classic Italian favorite. The spaghetti is tossed in a flavorful clam sauce for a light yet satisfying meal.

Italian Spaghetti with Clam Sauce Recipe
Finally! Restaurant-quality Spaghetti with Clam Sauce that you can easily make at home. Our tested recipe will make it easy.

These no-oven summer dinner recipes are perfect for those hot summer nights when you want a delicious meal without the heat. So, grab your favorite summer ingredients and get cooking!

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