Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spaghetti with Squash and Tomatoes

Summer has officially begun. This past week has been glorious, hot and sunny every day with blue skies and white fluffy clouds. I've been waiting months for this. It makes me want to throw on my suit and head to the beach. Unfortunately my summer class is making it a little more difficult to really enjoy the weather, but it will be over soon thank goodness.

All of this hot weather means I've been looking for some tasty summer dishes to make. This meal was based on a side dish I made a couple times last summer and really loved. It makes a delicious, healthy main course mixed with some pasta. It's super colorful which makes it look even more delicious!I will definitely be making this meal a throughout the summer. It will be especially delicious when tomatoes start ripening and filling the farmers market. It's going to be a fabulous couple of months.

So pretty
The colors of summer

Chop them all up

Throw the squash in a pan with a little oil
(and some salt)

Then add the onions a few minutes later

Finally, add the tomatoes

Add some cooked pasta and cheese, 
then plate it up, and dig in!

Spaghetti with Squash and Tomatoes

  • Olive oil 
  • 1/2 a summer squash 
  • 1/2 a zucchini 
  • 1/2 an onion 
  • 2 small tomatoes (I used Roma's) 
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 4-6 oz spaghetti 
  • salt 
  • pepper 
  • cheddar cheese, cut into chunks (or whatever kind you like) 
Chop up the squashes and throw them in a skillet with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Cook them until softening, 5-10 minutes. Add the chopped onion and cook for around 10 minutes or so, until they start softening nicely. Throw in the garlic. Chop the tomatoes and pull out the mushy middle part if you want (I do). Add them to the skillet and continue cooking.

While this is going on, heat up some salted water and cook the pasta al dente. When the pasta is finished, add it into the skillet with all the veggies. Mix it all around and then add the cheese to the top and let it melt.  

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