The variety of squash available year-round is outstanding. Zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkin, the array is enough to please any palate.
We love squash in all of its great forms, so we've gathered some recipes for using the prime of the season: summer squash like zucchini, yellow squash and pattypan squash.
The various summer squash are slightly unique in their different flavors and textures, with zucchini offering a slightly heartier flavor than some of the others, but many of these recipes can use the different squash interchangeably. Because certain varieties are more commonly found than others, feel free to swap in one for the other as needed.
Read on for our 8 favorite summer squash recipes, and be sure to tell us how you cook summer squash in the comments below.
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Corn, Pattypan Squash and Cheddar Flatbreads - Savory and cheesy but with added sweetness from the fresh ears of summer corn.
Rigatoni with Summer Squash, Spicy Sausage & Goat Cheese - Creamy goat cheese adds a nice depth to this dish, but the light squash helps to cut through that creaminess.
Chilled Yellow Squash and Leek Soup - A refreshing chilled soup for summer.
Grilled Yellow Squash and Zucchini Pasta Salad - A fun, more seasonal take on the common summertime treat.
Summer Squash Ribbons with Lemon and Parmesan - This tender salad will remind you of luscious pappardella noodles without the guilt or bloat.
Blistered Baby Zucchini, Baby Pattypan Squash and Grilled Tomatoes - High heat on these provides a nice char to the skins, a perfect complement to the softer flesh.
Zucchini Cakes with Smoked Trout - Serve these with some Champagne for an elegant summer brunch.
Pattypan Squash with Eggs - Another great component to any weekend breakfast or lunch meal.