summer squash & tomatoes: simple summer pasta

simple summer pasta | everybody likes sandwiches

Oh, it’s that time of the season. Zucchinis have invaded your garden, your CSA share and your local farmers markets. Maybe you have “kind” & giving neighbours who foist gigantic summer squash in your direction or you discover a mystery bag of zucchini dropped onto your front porch in the middle of the night. This kind of intense squash activity might be thrilling or it may just scare the beejebus out of you. I find myself somewhat dead centre – I don’t love zucchini or summer squash, but I’ve crawled out of the “hate” trenches. Call me zucchini ambivalent.

Some friends went away recently and asked me if I could take over their CSA share for a week. Inside the bag I found Chinese cabbage, oak leaf lettuce, a gigantic head of garlic, and 4 different kinds of summer squash. Instead of freaking out about all that squash, I decided to keep a level head. My first foray into squash territory was to slice a large, yellow patty pan squash into thin slices, grill them and top them onto some barbecued pizza. Nestled next to salty salami & gooey mozzarella cheese, it was a tasty success.

simple summer pasta | everybody likes sandwiches

The next summer squash round I went simple. This is the kind of dinner that takes as long as pasta does to cook. Whatever kind of pasta you have on hand will be fine. There’s no stressin’ and no fuss. And it tastes like summer with big chunks of garden tomatoes, summer squash and a heavy hand of fresh basil. Lemon zest and juice add interest. Dump it in a bowl, sprinkle in some Parmesan cheese or add more fresh basil and dig in. Preferably outside on a summer evening with a cold glass of pinot grigio and your favourite husband across the table.

simple summer pasta | everybody likes sandwiches

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9 comments to “summer squash & tomatoes: simple summer pasta”

  1. 1
    Nicole   August 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This looks perfect for summer! I love all of the bright colors and you better believe I’m scrambling to use all of my squash :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar   August 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    So easy…and great! Loving this.

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   August 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Haha! Your non-favourite husband was probably stuck washing dishes while you dined with your favourite husband :) LOL

    I love zucchini and I’ve been eating a lot of it lately. I use the mandolin to slice it very thin and then I marinate it overnight in olive oil, balsamic vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) and some salt. I call it zucchini ceviche.

    I really like your use of local, fresh ingredients for this pasta dish. Maybe some sliced olives can be added to this dish for little pops of saltiness? What do you think? Yum!

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    Joanne   August 14, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I like that “favorite husband” bit. :P

    I think we all have a love/hate relationship with summer squash at this time of year…but you’ve definitely pushed it along the love side of the spectrum with this dish!

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    Caz   August 14, 2013 at 6:32 am

    All those vibrant colours look so delicious and scream summer. I’m a bit ambivalent about zucchini too but this dish looks like it could change my mind. :)

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    kickpleat   August 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks Nicole! Damn squash, always so tricky to use up!

    Thanks Katrina.

    I love saltiness, Bijoux, so I’m sure the olive salt bombs would go great here. I’m not sure about eating zucchini straight up – I like to hide it in other things :)

    Aw, thanks Joanne!

    Yes, Caz, lots of zucchini ambivalence out there. I’m doing my part to make it go down easy!

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    Christina @ but i'm hungry   August 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    We’ve been eating some version of this (it seems constantly!) since we started getting slammed with tomatoes and zucchini a few weeks ago. And I mean “slammed” in the best sense of the word. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Robert F   August 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Its a fast and easy dinner. After a weekend away, I made this with double the zuch and triple the tomatoes that my spouse dumped into the fridge. Yeah yeah, I’ve told her not to refrigerate our precious backyard tomatoes. Found a dozen jumbo pasta shells in the pantry and we’re off the races.

    But wait, Judy’s already driving home and she’s hungry! So I used the electric tea kettle to shortcut the boiling. Then I forgot to add the bouillon and I left the burners on … But the verdict was “it’s good!”

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    kickpleat   August 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Christina, such an easy dinner and very fresh & summery – perfect for late summer! Thanks.

    Robert, so glad you both enjoyed this – even without the bouillon!

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