tomato and summer squash sauce on pasta

★★★★★ 7 Reviews
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By Millie Johnson
from Valley Head, AL

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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Light and fresh, this is a superb vegetable-packed summertime dinner. The mixture of summer squash, tomatoes, and other fresh chopped veggies is quite tasty. The balance of seasonings is just right. While the mixture simmers, the flavors marry together wonderfully. A delicious and easy meal to prepare with ingredients from the garden. A definite keeper!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 7 Reviews
serves 4-6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For tomato and summer squash sauce on pasta

  • 3 c
    tomatoes diced (or 1 large can diced) with juice
  • 1
    bell pepper, diced
  • 1 sm
    onion, diced
  • 1 md
    yellow summer squash, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, fine diced
  • 1 lg
    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 jar
    sliced mushrooms, drained (6 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp
    parsley
  • 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

  • Adding olive oil to a hot skillet.
    1
    Heat a large skillet until hot. Add olive oil.
  • Diced onions and peppers in a skillet.
    2
    Then add diced onions and peppers. Sautee 2-3 minutes.
  • Garlic, diced squash, Italian seasonings, oregano, bay leaf, celery seed, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper added to skillet.
    3
    Next, add garlic, diced squash, Italian seasonings, oregano, bay leaf, celery seed, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Sautee 5-7 minutes until squash is tender.
  • Mushrooms added to the skillet.
    4
    Add mushrooms; stir for a minute.
  • Tomatoes added to the skillet.
    5
    Then add in tomatoes and juice.
  • Ingredients simmering on the stove.
    6
    Bring to a boil, taste to see if you need more salt or pepper, then cover and reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes.
  • Adding pasta water to the skillet.
    7
    Add in a little of the pasta water and parsley. Bring to boil, stirring uncovered for 2-3 minutes.
  • Cooked pasta added to the skillet.
    8
    Toss with a hearty pasta like shells, penne, or ziti.
  • Sprinkling Parmesan cheese on top.
    9
    Top with fresh grated Parmesan, if desired.
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