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
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?