Pasta with Minted Pattypan Squash

August 2010
Pasta with Minted Pattypan Squash

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 20 mins

  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 3/4 pounds small pattypan squash, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon grated peel
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Working in 2 batches, add the squash and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-high; add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, lemon peel and reserved pasta cooking water.
  4. Add the pasta to the squash mixture. Toss in the mint and cheese; season with salt and pepper.