Tomato and Summer Squash Sauce on Pasta

Millie Johnson


My counter was covered with some tomatoes and squash that I needed to do something with and this is what I came up with. You can substitute with zucchini if you like. It is also good poured into a baking dish and topped with mozzarella cheese and baked for 15-20 minutes!

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15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 c
    tomatoes diced (or 1 lg. can diced) with juice
  • 1
    bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small
    onion, diced
  • 1 medium
    yellow summer squash, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, fine diced
  • 1 large
    bay leaf
  • 1 tsp
    italian seasoning, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp
    crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 tsp
    celery seed
  • 1(6oz.) jar(s)
    sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • ·
    salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb
    pasta shells, cooked and drained

How to Make Tomato and Summer Squash Sauce on Pasta


  1. Heat large skillet till hot. Add olive oil then diced onions, peppers. Sautee 2-3 minutes then add garlic and diced squash, Italian seasonings, oregano, bay leaf, celery seed, crushed red pepper, salt & pepper. Sautee 5-7 minutes till squash is tender.
  2. Add mushrooms stir for a minute then add in tomatoes and juice. Bring to a boil, taste to see if you need more salt or pepper, then cover and reduce heat.
  3. Simmer 20 minutes. Add in a little of the pasta water and parsley. Bring to boil, stirring uncovered for 2-3 minutes. Toss with a hearty pasta like shells, penne or ziti. Top with fresh grated parmesan if desired.

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About Tomato and Summer Squash Sauce on Pasta

Course/Dish: Pasta, Vegetables, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #squash, #Dish, #Tomato, #sauces

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