Jun 12, 2012

Summer Squash - 4 Ways

Our garden has transitioned from a spring garden, full of onions, radishes and various lettuces, to a summer garden, full of squash, tomatoes and herbs. That also means our meals have also changed. Our squash plants are doing better this year than they ever have in the past so I've been making squash nearly every day.

Aside from fried zucchini, I have found a couple of new favorite recipes we'll be making again so I thought I'd share those with you.


First up, stuffed squash. My recipe is adapted from this one from Martha. We love onions in just about everything and this recipe seemed like they would go quite well so added those, replaced the oregano with fresh basil and I didn't have mozzarella so I topped it with feta. I like my version.

To make this, you'll need:
2 zucchini - cut in half, seeds scooped out to make a little boat
2 plum tomatoes - diced
1 medium onion - diced
5-6 leaves fresh basil - sliced
a little extra virgin olive oil
2-4 ounces goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste


In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, basil with a drizzle of little evoo.


Season the zucchini with salt and pepper then heap the tomato mixture on top.


Bake until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Top the squash with some crumbled goat cheese and return to the oven under the broiler until the cheese is golden.


Next up, squash with pasta.
I found this recipe when I was searching for zephyr recipes. A zephyr is the squash pictured in the first image with the yellow top and green bottom.

I planned on adding shrimp but mom brain struck and I totally left it out. I'm sure it would have been delicious with it in there. Click the link for the recipe.


I also tried another recipe from Martha that uses raw squash with fresh dill and feta. All things I like but it wasn't my favorite and I probably won't make it again.


You can find the recipe here.

And since I can't end on a bad note, I already shared my recipe for zucchini-banana donuts, but here's the link again and the picture.

Banana-zucchini Donut Recipe

So, what are your favorite ways to cook squash?!


  1. I love this one -- I used to make it a ton when I was a newlywed and am planning on making it again for dinner with guests this weekend. :) My cookbook's binding has actually cracked open to this page!


    Love the stuffed squash recipe... we'll have to try that soon!

    1. Thanks for the link, Amy! That sounds great. Looking forward to making it too!

  2. I highly recommend this zucchini red onion flatbread! So good! I am making it for dinner tonight.


    1. Thanks for the link. That looks so good. I'm adding it to my list of things to make.

  3. I like to slice it up and lay on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and other seasonings and then roast it!

    1. Oh, I haven't roasted it before. That sounds good too. Another one to my list, thanks, Alice!

  4. Summer Squash Calzone: Onion,bell pepper,sliced in strips,squash sliced 1/2in. saute in fresh galic & extra virgin coconut oil till lightly browned. Roll out your pizza dough in circles.(you choose size as some prefer large calzones, i like portioning them to an individual serving size) Fll each with 3tbs. ricotta chz. and a handfull of grated mozzerella and approx. 1tsb. of grated romano chz.fresh oregano from the garden, sea salt and pepper to taste. Fold over dough, wet edge and seal. bake at 450 for 20 min.or until dough is crispy and lightly browned. yum * you can try adding fresh toms or eggplant is great too! Amz


I know it can be a little scary but go on, I'd love to hear from you!