Sunday, July 19, 2009

weeknight dinner: summer squash ribbons with pasta sauce (csa week 3)

i love love love summer squash so it was a tad difficult for me to imagine eating it any other way than sauteed with garlic. i realize it's a weird thing to not be able to get enough of but i literally could eat a whole giant bowl of it and be completely satisfied with life. thus i needed a dish where the squash was the star. enter squash ribbons. they're great because you still get to enjoy them sauteed with garlic (or whatever else) and in this case, they replaced a starch (pasta). so i really could eat a whole gigantic bowl and not feel the least bit guilty.

again, this is another method recipe. basically, you take the squash and slice them very thinly, or in my case, use a vegetable peeler to make thin slices. for those who are kitchen equipped, a mandolin would do quite nicely. then you sautee the ribbons in a little bit of oil, garlic, and salt and pepper for a few minutes, until they're your desired softness. you could eat them just like that or add some simple herbs. some lemon and parmesan cheese would be quite nice. i had just picked up some fresh DiPaola spicy turkey sausage from the farmer's market, so i added that to a simple tomato sauce with what i had on hand: some plain tomato sauce, a fresh tomato, a shallot, oregano, parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. then i threw the sauce on top of the squash and grated some cheese on top. voila!

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