Consider these your summertime saviors.
Summertime never fails to bring along a fresh batch of reasons you need delicious seasonal recipes that are guaranteed to feed and please the whole crowd. At any given moment, you could be juggling a calendar packed with outdoor cookouts, pool parties, neighborhood potlucks, and family celebrations—each just waiting to be paired with its perfect summer casserole or side dish. From hearty casserole mains to big-batch barbecue sides, we have the easy summer food for a crowd that’ll get you through the busy, hot summer season without breaking a sweat. (Well, in the kitchen at least.) Many of these, like our Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos and Zucchini Lasagna, make easy summer dinner recipes for the family; while others, like our Crab-and-Bacon Linguine and Spicy Pineapple Slaw, are begging you to branch out a little bit. We’ve rounded up 24 spectacular summer recipes that’ll make this season your most delicious yet.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Baked ziti is made even better by being packed with loads of in-season squash and tomatoes, then topped with fresh mozzerella and basil. It offers amazing freshness to a classic comfort dish.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Recipe: Crab-and-Bacon Linguine
Buttery jumbo lump crab and savory thick-cut bacon already make a powerhouse duo, but paired with an delicious pan sauce of white wine, heavy cream, garlic, and red Fresno chile? Game-changer. Serve up this fresh summer pasta dinner for a crowd—because it's as pretty as a picture.
Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna
This summer take on a classic lasagna uses thin, woven strips of zucchini to make it deliciously fresh—and pretty to boot! This one-pan crowd-pleaser uses three cheeses for a perfectly creamy finish.
Fish Tacos and Topping Bar
Recipe: Fish Tacos and Topping Bar
You'll be able to whip up this bright and zingy fish taco bar in no time, using pre-shredded cabbage for the Asian slaw. Any firm white fish such as cod, founder, or grouper will work great for this recipe.
Spicy Pineapple Slaw
Recipe: Spicy Pineapple Slaw
This sweet and spicy slaw pairs amazingly with a slew of summertime mains, like barbecue chicken or pulled pork. It makes a fresh, flavorful option for any picnic or potluck.
Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob
Lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeño peppers infuse savory charred corn with south-of-the-border flavor. If you're in the market for a bold barbecue side dish, these are the way to go.
Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers
An Italian classic gets a Southern spin with spiced, smoky Andouille sausage. This wow-worthy skillet-cooked pasta dish makes summer weeknight dinners a whole lot tastier.
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Recipe: Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
This duo strikes the perfect sweet and savory balance with its slow-cooker beef brisket and crunchy fruit salsa. It's a summery, barbecue-inspired meal you'll want to make again and again. (Double the recipe to make sure there are plenty of leftovers!)
West Texas Chili
Recipe: Tomato Carbonara
Cherry tomatoes add welcome pops of summery brightness and color to this carbonara recipe, while fragrant herbs—chives, parsley, and garlic—add major Italian flavor to your dinner table.
Creamy Chicken and Collard Green Enchiladas
This summertime take on a quick-fix enchilada bake uses fresh collards, shredded chicken, and Monterey Jack cheese. You can switch out the kale for whichever hearty green you picked up at the farmers' market.
Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers
When you have a crowd coming, sliders are always a good idea to make sure everyone gets just the amount they're craving. These slow-cooked beef sandwiches will lead to summer cookout success every time.
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
A fresh trio of zucchini, squash, and corn makes for an all-star summer side dish. Bound together with a creamy filling and topped with breadcrumbs and Asiago cheese, this recipe gives enough deliciousness to go around!
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
This hearty recipe uses budget-friendly chicken thighs and smoked sausage, seasoned and flavored with Creole seasonings and aromatics, for an easy homemade supper that'll easily feed a crowd. Serve with some warm crusty bread, and you're set.
Sheet Pan White Pizza with Salami and Peppers
Preheat the baking sheet in the oven while you get the toppings ready—it'll cut your baking time in half and give you an extra crispy crust. Using fresh toppings and skipping the red sauce make for a delightful summer meal.
Carolina Chicken Burgers with Ancho Slaw
This summer, go beyond your basic beef burger with this fresh recipe that uses course-grained Dijon mustard and creamy Ancho Slaw to make it anything but boring. Our special sauce really tops off the already-killer burger!
Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Recipe: Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Sweet peppers and hot Italian sausage perfectly complement each other in this easy pasta recipe. The fresh, light pan sauce makes it perfect for spring and summer suppers.
Big Daddy’s Grilled Blue Cheese-and-Bacon Potato Salad
Potato salad is always the perfect big-batch side dish to have on hand for any summer occasion; and if you love the combination of bacon and blue cheese, this tasty potato salad recipe will definitely rise above your basic version.
Rum Baked Beans
Recipe: Rum Baked Beans
We won't even make you guess: Rum is the secret to this delicious baked bean medley. You'll definitely want to have this make-ahead dish on deck all season long.
Recipe: Shrimp Perloo
There's already a lot to love about one-pot rice dinners—they’re quick and easy to make—but this seafood version gives fresh flavor for summer from shrimp, fire-roasted tomatoes, and bell pepper.
Sheet Pan Nachos
Recipe: Sheet Pan Nachos
Using just one skillet and one baking sheet, these nachos are set to be a season-long favorite of your family. Any night can come together in just a few minutes with these loaded, flavorful nachos.
Savory Tomato Cobbler
Recipe: Savory Tomato Cobbler
Got fresh summer tomatoes? Celebrate tomato season with this comforting favorite. A cornmeal-based topping finishes off this savory cobbler perfectly.
The Ultimate Classic Collards
Recipe: The Ultimate Classic Collards
What summer potluck or family cookout wouldn't be made better with a big pot of classic bacon-flavored, ham hock-essenced collard greens? You can't go wrong with this comfort side dish.