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Easy Pasta with Summer Squash


With just a few ingredients and a super simple method, you can serve up this fresh pasta with summer squash dinner to everyone at the table. This is a great option for kids who prefer their pasta less saucy—and to still have a meal that’s satisfying to your adult taste buds!

I rely on pasta often for quick and easy family meals and while I would happily do a jar of sauce and call it a day, my kids go through phases of not loving tomato sauce. (I sometimes wonder about them, ha!)

This skillet dinner uses summer squash and ground beef to add flavor and has a super simple method, too.

Pasta with summer squash a great way to make a one pot meal for a family—even if the kids aren’t into one of the components. They could very easily skip the meat or squash and still have plenty to eat—and you can vary the recipe using zucchini instead of summer squash and another ground meat or poultry if you prefer. You can also make it vegetarian.

Ingredients You Need

To make this easy pasta recipe for kids you’ll need to have the following ingredients on hand and ready to go.

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  1. Pasta: I prefer small shapes of pasta here like orecchiette, penne, or rotini, but all can work. Just adjust the cooking time according to the package direction.
  2. Ground beef: Use whichever fat percentage you prefer. (I like leaner.) You can also use ground turkey or chicken, or trade out the meat and add white beans for a vegetarian option.
  3. Summer squash: Yellow summer squash is a nice addition to pasta, though you can use green zucchini too.
  4. Green onion: Or a regular onion or you can just skip it if you don’t have it. This adds a little more flavor to the pasta mixture.
  5. Tomato paste: This adds a base of flavor, which is a nice addition.
  6. Parmesan cheese, to top, for additional flavor.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process in making this pasta with summer squash recipe. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full information.

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  1. Dice your veggies into roughly even pieces so that they cook through evenly.
  2. Start to brown the meat. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in another pot.
  3. Add in the veggies and tomato paste with the meat and cook until soft.
  4. Stir in some of the pasta cooking water and the drained pasta.

TIP: I like to top my own serving of this with fresh basil, though that’s optional. Parmesan on top is great if you have it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you supposed to peel summer squash before cooking?

You do not have to peel summer squash before cooking as the peel is usually very tender and easy to eat. You can peel it, though, if you or your kids prefer.

Is summer squash the same as zucchini?

It is similar to zucchini, though summer squash is usually yellow and zucchini is usually green.

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How to Store

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in 30 second increments, stopping in between to stir for even heating, to serve.

Best Tips for Success

  • To make this pasta with summer squash vegetarian, omit the meat and add a can of drained white beans or garbanzo beans, or shrimp or even tofu.
  • You could use ground Italian sausage instead of the ground beef if you prefer.
  • Any kind of pasta will work though I prefer a smaller shape like orecchiette, elbows, or farfalle since they are similar in size to the meat and squash pieces.
  • Take out the portion of pasta water before you drain the pasta so you don’t lose it all down the drain. It will add some body to the finished dish and make a very light sauce.
  • I like to top my own serving of this with fresh basil, though that’s optional. Parmesan on top is great if you have it.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe—please comment and rate the recipe below!

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.

  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until almost entirely browned, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and sprinkle with salt.

  • Add the pasta to the water and cook according to package directions. (I used orrechiette here and it took 10 minutes)

  • Stir in the onion and squash, cover, and cook for 6-8 minutes or until soft. Remove the lid and add 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

  • Drain the pasta and add it to the squash mixture along with the butter and Parmesan. Stir until creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper as desired. (I didn’t add any more salt but I did add pepper to the adult portions) Top with shredded basil if you’d like.

  • To make this vegetarian, omit the meat and add a can of drained white beans or garbanzo beans, or shrimp or even tofu.
  • You could use ground Italian sausage instead of the ground beef if you prefer.
  • Any kind of pasta will work though I prefer a smaller shape like orecchiette, elbows, or farfalle since they are similar in size to the meat and squash pieces.
  • Take out the portion of pasta water before you drain the pasta so you don’t lose it all down the drain. It will add some body to the finished dish and make a very light sauce.
  • I like to top my own serving of this with fresh basil, though that’s optional. Parmesan on top is great if you have it.

Calories: 216kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 419mg, Potassium: 479mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 396IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 2mg

This post was first published July 2020.

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