{Farmer’s Market} Patty Pan Penne

Ahhh. Garden season is upon us. Sure it was fun to plant the garden and watch it grow, but it is so much more fun to reap the delicious benefits. I was delighted last week when I harvested my first four red, juicy Roma tomatoes from my garden. I’m also enjoying the fruit (or vegetables) of other people’s hard labor, aka, the farmer’s market. I adore the look of the little yellow patty pan squash. So I picked up some patty pan and leeks and got to work on what I believe is one of the most flavorful pasta dishes I have ever made.

Patty Pan Penne
1 C whole wheat penne
1 lb patty pan squash
4 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped (or 1 large heirloom or other variety of large tomato)
2 leeks, washed and chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 C unsalted butter
sea salt
cracked black pepper
2 oz goat cheese

In a medium sauce pan, boil water. Add penne, cook al dente, about 8 minutes.

Wash and slice the ends of the patty pan squash. If they are large, you can cut them in halves or quarters. Heat a large skillet on medium high. Add butter until melted. Add garlic, saute for one minute, moving constantly to avoid burning. Add patty pan squash, season with salt and pepper. Simmer until softened, approximately 10 minutes. Add leeks, saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and penne, cook for 1-2 minutes.

Remove from heat and place pasta in serving bowl. Crumble goat cheese over the top of the pasta, season with salt and pepper and toss.

These patty pan squash are nice hearty replacement to meat. If you can’t find patty pan, you can use a regular zucchini, just reduce the cooking time as regular zucchini heats through much more quickly.

I hope you enjoy! What are you making with your farmer’s market and fresh garden produce?

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7 responses to “{Farmer’s Market} Patty Pan Penne

  1. You had me at penne! Looks fabulous.

  2. Simple, healthy, and delicious! What a great way to utilize leeks as well. I love leeks, but somehow I have never even thought to put them in a pasta dish. What have I been doing all these years! 🙂

  3. I love love love fresh produce. I’m already dreading winter months when they will be sparse. What a beautiful dinner!

  4. Sally

    Amazing! We made a Patty Pan and Penne dinner tonight with leftover Chicken and Spinach Sausage, onion, garlic, peas, a little chicken broth to juice everything up, and cubed smoked fresh mozzarella added to the hot pasta> Delish! The sweetness of the squash and the peas, with the savory sausage and smokey mozz was wonderful….

  5. jacquie

    I just finished making this (i’m already halfway through eating my dish of it) and i’m telling you- get yourself to the farmers market and pick up some of those cute little patty pan squashes and get cooking! The dish is delicious- the goat cheese a perfect amount of creamy, and and the pasta to squash ratio is perfect. Wouldn’t change a thing.

    • Stef

      @jacquie: Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it! It is one of the my favorite pasta dishes that I have ever made. And I find those patty pans so adorable!

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