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Pasta with Yellow Squash

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 6
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An easy pasta dinner with fresh squash and basil that is ready in no time at all!
by: Girl Who Ate Everything
Updated Dec 25, 2014
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  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound yellow squash, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped


  • 1
    In a large pot bring some salted water to a boil. Add the farfalle pasta and cook uncovered over high heat, al dente, according to package directions.
  • 2
    While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the squash, red pepper and salt. Cook until squash starts to soften, around 6-8 minutes.
  • 3
    When pasta is done, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta.
  • 4
    Add the pasta, Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese, half of the chopped basil and the reserved cooking water to the pan with the squash. Stir together over the heat until well combined.
  • 5
    Transfer the pasta to serving plates. Sprinkle with remaining basil and serve.

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More About This Recipe

  • Simple, quick and kid-friendly -- just the meal I need now that the kids are back in school and we're back to routine!

    My kids just started school this week (can we get a hallelujah?) and now that we are back to the grind I need healthy, fast meals that my whole family will eat. Pasta is always a winner with my crew so this Pasta with Yellow Squash was gobbled down in no time.

    Farfalle pasta is tossed with some fresh yellow squash, garlic, basil and Parmigano-Reggiano for a light, no-fuss meal that can be on the table from start to finish in less than twenty minutes. With the hectic schedules of sports and homework that’s exactly what I need.

    Let me state for the record that I do not have a garden. I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is. A black thumb maybe? I’ve been told that you can grow anything in Florida, but this Florida girl right here has proven that wrong. So until I figure out how to not kill all living things, I will continue to make this pasta with the fresh and inexpensive squash from my local grocery store. But if you’ve been blessed with the skills to maintain a garden, definitely take advantage of using the fresh squash and basil from your own garden.

    The best meals are the simplest ones that let the natural flavors speak for themselves. Enjoy this easy and affordable meal!

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