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A Pantry Pasta Perfect for the Season

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Ali Slagle’s new lemon-garlic linguine is light, bright and ready for the bits and bobs of summer produce and herbs that need using up.

My flight landed just before dinnertime last night. My family and I could easily have ordered in, but after four straight days of restaurant food — on a scouting trip for The New York Times — I craved the Zen of making dinner, which always soothes my travel frazzle. I wanted something fast, pantry-friendly and seasonal, to reflect this lovely warm weather we’ve been blessed with in the Northeast. Lo and behold, I found Ali Slagle’s lemon-garlic linguine, which checks every box.

It’s a pantry pasta perfect for the season. The acidity of the lemon juice and zest makes it lighter and brighter than the usual pantry pasta, and you can jazz it up with whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand: a handful of torn fresh herbs (I’ve got sorrel and mint on the deck), or some of those greens or sugar snap peas just coming into season, thinly sliced and cooked in the pasta water. Is it too early to proclaim this the Recipe of the Summer? It’s only been out for a couple of weeks and it already has a 5-star rating! Give it a whirl and let me know what you think — I’m at hellomelissa@nytimes.com. Let’s compare notes.

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Lemon juice also plays a critical role in Yasmin Fahr’s zucchini salad with bread crumbs. The citrusy, mustardy, anchovy-enhanced dressing soaks into raw zucchini cubes, softening them and imbuing them with flavor. A crunchy topping of fried capers and bread crumbs adds texture and heft. You can serve it with any pantry pasta that needs a side of vegetables, or make it the star of a summer lunch or light dinner.

There’s a small amount of lemon juice in Kay Chun’s herb-marinated pork chops, though it’s really just there to bring out the flavors of the herbs, garlic, shallot and olives. Boneless loin chops keep this on the leaner side for pork, and they cook up in a snap. And check out Kay’s wily technique: She marinates the pork after cooking instead of before, which means the meat absorbs sharp, fresh flavors that have not been dulled by cooking. This works wonderfully with any just-cooked meats and fish. For example, I would try it with seared boneless, skinless chicken thighs for an easy poultry-based weeknight dinner.

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