Friday, February 19, 2010

Pasta with Summer Squash

If you have every grown any type of summer squash you know by the end of the season you have quite the collection of these long green or yellow veggies. Zucchini is one of my favorite veggies and because of it's light flavor it's a very versatile vegetable. It can be shredded up and baked into a sweet quick bread, or hidden in pasta sauce and other dishes to get your kids to eat more veggies. In this dish it's combined with yellow summer squash and lots of garlic for a very quick meal. The skin is completely edible on summer squash, so just give it a light scrub and you're ready to eat it. The skin is not only packed with lots of vitamins and other good stuff but it also gives the dish some color. I really hope you enjoy this pasta dish. It's one of my favorite ways to use up some squash!

What You Need:

2 small zucchini, cut into chunks
2 small yellow squash, cut into chunks
4-5 large cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 c olive
1/4 c white wine
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 box of penne rigate or rigatoni pasta
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese

What To Do:

Fill a large pot of water and set over high to boil for the pasta. Once it boils add in a generous pinch of salt and the pasta. Cook till al dente.

While your waiting for the pasta, start the squash. Place a skillet over high heat. Add in the olive oil. Once it's hot, add in the garlic, and immediately add in the squash, giving it all a toss so that the garlic doesn't burn. Season with some salt and pepper. You want to sautee the squash so that it's a light golden brown. I know it seems like a lot of oil, but the squash will absorb some and the rest is used for the sauce. Once the squash is done, your pasta should be done, so drain it and return it to the pot. Add the white wine to the skillet with the squash and let it cook just a for a few minutes so that the alcohol cooks off and the wine reduces just a bit. Add in the oregano and give it a stir. Pour it all over the pasta and toss it well. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top. 

H A P P Y  C O O K I N G !!

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