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Giada's spring entertaining recipes: Grilled melon salad and pasta puttanesca

Savor the fresh flavors of spring!
/ Source: TODAY

Chef, cookbook author and television show host Giada De Laurentiis is stopping by the TODAY kitchen to share a few of her favorite Italian recipes for easy entertaining. She shows us how to make pasta puttanesca with fresh salmon and grilled melon and asparagus salad.

Giada's Campanelle with Fresh Puttanesca Sauce

I love this recipe, which replaces anchovies with salmon and leaves out the capers (for her daughter Jade), because it is a much lighter and fresher version of puttanesca — but no less flavorful!

Giada's Grilled Melon Salad and Asparagus

This recipe screams that spring is here! It is fresh and colorful, making it just as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat.

My trick for making super bright and tender asparagus is poaching it in water and butter for about five minutes.

If you like those easy Italian recipes, you should also try these:

Giada's Sheet-Pan Eggplant Parmesan
Giada's Crispy Orzo Salad