Bring fresh-from-the-garden flavor to your table with these delicious and satisfying summer squash recipes.
There are a few harbingers of fall we look forward to every year: pre-season football, a drop in the humidity, and a bonanza of summer squash to play with in the kitchen. Every year, it seems, we end up with piles and piles of summer squash and somehow no idea what to do with it. This year, we’ve collected our favorite squash recipes so that no squash goes uneaten. From yellow summer squash to spaghetti squash, these squash recipes are sure to inspire you to get to the farmer’s market (or your garden!), and start making the most of the late summer bounty. From beautiful ribbons of pasta with discs of zucchini and fresh mint, to an amazingly wonderful spaghetti squash spoon bread, there are more than enough squash recipes here to keep you working your way through those piles of late summer squash.
Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes
A zesty marinade livens up this pork-and-veggie one sheet pan supper. Flavorful roasted squash, zucchini, and red potatoes make the perfect bed to serve pork loin chops. Pay attention when purchasing the pork chops, and opt for frenched pork rib chops – chops taken from the rib bone, and cut so that the rib bone is exposed and the meat is removed from the bone. In addition to making the cut’s presentation more appealing, frenching adds flavor. When preparing the dish, be sure to allow enough time for the pork chop to marinate. We recommend chilling the marinating pork for at least 8 hours to ensure it soaks up every last bit of lemon, garlic, and oregano flavor from the Greek marinade.
Recipe: Zucchini-Mint Pasta
Take advantage of summer's bounty! Whether they're in soups, casseroles, or pasta, these summer squash recipes are sure to please.
From the Kitchen of Marian Cooper Cairns, Birmingham, AL. "Add cooked shrimp for a heartier main, or white beans for a vegetarian option."
Ashley Christensen's Buttermilk Spoonbread with Spaghetti Squash
Inspired by her grandmother's cornbread dressing and her mother's resourcefulness, Christensen added spaghetti squash to cornbread to create this custardy side. "My mom could make a meal out of an empty pantry, and that inspires me to look at ingredients in new ways."
Summer Squash Casserole
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Recipe: Zucchini-and-Squash Pickles
Ribbons of zucchini and squash make up these colorful Zucchini-and-Squash Pickles. These pickles are as beautiful as they are delicious.
Zucchini Fritters with Herb-and-Mozzerella Salad
Squeezing the zucchini in paper towels helps remove excess water for a crisp, latke-like crust.
Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi with Spinach-Herb Pesto
Recipe: Squash Casserole
Often squash casseroles are topped with crackers, but this recipe has a delicious topping made with breadcrumbs and crispy fried onions. When our test kitchen was thinking about traditional Thanksgiving sides they asked why we should limit French fried onions to green bean casserole? That was a delicious question, so now we love them on this cheesy squash casserole, too. It is filled with all the usual deliciousness, including squash, sweet onions, Cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise. This rich center is covered in a fantastic topping, resulting in steamy bites of melted cheese, squash, and crisp fried onion in every mouthful.
Grilled Squash and Salsa Verde
Recipe: Grilled Squash and Salsa Verde
Pepitas, goat cheese, and homemade Salsa Verde jazz up this simple veggie.
Recipe: Squash Frittata
This squash frittata is perfect for vegetarians. Looking for a seasonal brunch item? This fresh zucchini and fingerling potato frittata makes a stunning presentation when plated, and is a perfect start to a crisp fall day. Fresh harvest flavors of parmesan cheese and pepper abounds in every bite, and a dash of heavy cream gives it a smooth and decadent texture. Although yellow squash works in place of zucchini, make sure that you don’t leave the green squash out entirely – it gives color while the yellow blends in with the rich egg frittata. Garnish with chopped fresh chives, torn parsley, and basil for a magazine-worthy plate.
Salmon Tostadas with Zucchini-Radish Slaw
This crunchy plateful comes together in 35 minutes. Serve with avocado and lime wedges. Customize the toppings based on your taste for a unique spin that's all your own. We love the addition of fresh jalapeño peppers, but if you're not a fan of spice, stick to the radishes for a cool crunch.
Yellow Squash and Curry Stew
Recipe: Yellow Squash and Curry Stew
Have a windfall of yellow squash? This makes good use of summer's bounty. Roasting the squash in the oven concentrates flavor; curry powder gives it a sweet and fragrant kick.
Recipe: Zucchini-Mushroom "Linguine"
Cutting zucchini into thin strips is easy and makes a fresh substitute for pasta. Add thinly sliced ribbons of salami for a meatier meal.
Fried Zucchini Straws
Recipe: Fried Zucchini Straws
One bite of these Fried Zucchini Straws and you'll be hooked.
Chilled Zucchini Soup
Recipe: Chilled Zucchini Soup
This refreshing soup is full of fresh flavors. Make ahead and store up to 2 days.
Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Spiked with a triple hit of chocolate (we're talking intensely rich sour cream-fudge frosting here), these are definitely not your garden-variety zucchini cakes.
Corn-and-Zucchini Queso Chowder
Recipe: Corn-and-Zucchini Queso Chowder
Try this filling chowder for your next dinner party. Colorful corn and zucchini, crispy bacon, and creamy cheese make for a great presentation and a delicious meal.
Lightened Squash Casserole
Recipe: Lightened Squash Casserole
Take advantage of this golden veggie in a lightened version of squash casserole. The combo of cornflakes and French fried onions adds an irresistible crunch without adding too many calories.
Sautéed Baby Squash and Leeks
Recipe: Sautéed Baby Squash and Leeks
Baby squash and leeks are sauteed and combined with feta cheese for a quick and healthy side dish.
Sautéed Squash and Tomatoes
Recipe: Sautéed Squash and Tomatoes
Combine two kinds of summer squash—yellow squash and zucchini—with tomatoes, onion, fresh herbs and bacon for a savory side dish.
Judy's Pickled Squash
Recipe: Judy's Pickled Squash
Recipe from Sara Foster, chef and author of Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen. "An overabundance of fast-growing yellow squash inspired my sister, Judy, to make these unusually gratifying sweet squash pickles. They can elevate anything from a simple dish of beans and rice to a fried egg sandwich. You can use any kind of summer squash, from sundrops to pattypans to zucchini.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Squash Casserole
Get all the satisfaction of a hearty casserole with none of the messy cleanup. Preparing it in a slow cooker will ensure an even more tender bite.
Fresh Squash Chips
Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread
Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Soup
Inpspired by the classic potato-and-leek vichyssoise (vish-ee-SWAHZ), we added zucchini and gave this recipe a delicious Southern twist with a sprinkling of crisp, crumbled bacon.
Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash
Recipe: Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash
Here's a cute idea: Hollow out baby pattypan squash and fill with goat pimiento cheese. Can't find pattypans? Pipe the filling on thinly sliced squash rounds, or stuff it into squash blossoms.