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Labor Day menu: Brisket, grilled veggies, pastas and so much more

Say goodbye to summer with a Labor Day feast to remember.
/ Source: TODAY

Summer may be coming to an end, but there's still time for one last cookout! To celebrate Labor Day, chef Matt Abdoo is cooking up some of his favorite warm-weather dishes and repurposing the leftovers to make even more amazing meals. He shows us how to slow-cook brisket and use the tender meat to make a flavorful taco filling and a ragu with gnocchi. Then, he grills up a big batch of veggies to add to pasta salad and lasagna. And as a bonus, he's preparing Italian marinated flank steak, grilled sweet potato wedges and refreshing orange margaritas.

This is one of my favorite brisket recipes. It's not a quick process, but the meat is so flavorful and tender when it's done, it is well worth the wait. It also yields delicious leftovers that can be used to make so many great things.

This is one of my go-to recipes when I have leftover brisket. I love how the bright, zesty salsa verde complements the smoky brisket. It's a perfect pairing that's impossible not to crave.

I love this dish because it combines my two favorite cuisines: Italian and barbecue. The tender, smoked brisket adds a meaty richness to the flavorful red wine sauce and fluffy gnocchi.

As much as I love grilled meats and starchy sides, you just can't have a complete cookout without some grilled veggies. The long marination and char from the grill just bring out the best flavor in fresh vegetables.

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is one of my favorite summer side dishes that I grew up eating. My mom would make a huge batch of it and keep it in the refrigerator and pull it out for as many dinners or lunches she could. It gets better as it sits in the fridge.

I love lasagna — and this version is great because all the delicious grilled veggies take the place off noodles, which cuts down on carbs and makes it healthier. But don't worry — the creamy ricotta cheese and melty mozzarella keep it comforting and flavorful.

This steak reminds me of summer family cookouts. My mom always used this Italian marinade, and it always turns out so good. It infuses the meat with tons of flavor and helps tenderize it, too.

Barbecue Sweet Potato Wedges

The sweet potato and all-purpose barbecue seasoning are just a match made in heaven. These fries also give a vegetarian option a very recognizable barbecue flavor.

Cara Cara Orange Margaritas

Freshly squeezed orange juice adds a refreshing sweetness to traditionally tart margaritas. They are perfectly refreshing, easy sippers for any celebration.

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Matt Abdoo