5 Weeknight Dinners You Should Make This Summer

Get a little experimental with your cooking, but still get dinner on the table fast with these summer recipes from Food Network.

Food Network Kitchen’s Shrimp Scampi Zoodles.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Summer is the perfect time to get a little experimental with your cooking — the produce is at its finest, everyone’s a little more relaxed, and you’ve got that grill ready to go. But dinner doesn’t have to take awhile to be inventive. These fun recipes are done in under an hour (and one in just 15 minutes), so you have more time to enjoy everything else the season has to offer.

Shrimp Scampi Zoodles (pictured above)

Summer zucchini shines in this low-carb twist on a perennial, one-pot favorite — you won’t even miss the pasta or bread.

Food Network Kitchen’s Creamy No-cook Tomato Sauce with Basil and Brie.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Of course if you do want pasta, by all means have it. Take a box grater to beefsteak tomatoes (a summer must-have!) and turn them into a sauce base that still has some texture. Basil adds another summery flavor, and brie (which gets melty with a little pasta water) brings everything together.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

A steak dinner on the table in 15 minutes? When you use quick-cooking skirt steak and add asparagus (another fast component) as a side, it can be easily be done.

Watermelon (yes, watermelon!) appears in place of tomatoes in this sweet-meets-savory dinner. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it — watermelon is subtle, refreshing and pairs well with sharper flavors like jalapeno, red onion and cotija cheese.



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Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

You’ve always wanted to try tossing pizza dough on the grill, right? Take the plunge — it leads to fantastic results in mere minutes. Here, we topped the crust with ham, pineapple and scallions for a tropical theme, but feel free to swap in your favorites. Pizza is the ultimate customizable dinner, after all.

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