Eating fresh, whole food from our own garden is my favorite part of summer, especially when the early summer rains bring a delicious bounty of squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers. Summer Squash is one of the healthiest foods in plentiful supply over the summer. It is rich in antioxidants such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. It also contains lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin, important for overall health. It is very low-glycemic and the skin contains an unusual amount of pectin—a unique polysaccharide that is being linked in repeated animal studies to protection against diabetes and better regulation of insulin. It is also a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese. And it tastes great! One of my favorite ways to prepare Summer Squash is to quickly saute slices with Vidalia onions using either olive oil or butter. Then I add sea salt and fresh dill. But sometimes we get tired of eating it that way. Here is another quick and easy recipe I use.
For the Gremolata, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside
To prepare the squash, combine yellow squash, zucchini, onions and 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange all in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 475° for 15 minutes or until squash is tender and lightly browned, stirring after 7 minutes.
Sprinkle gremolata over the squash. Serve immediately.
Combine broccoli, 2 tsp oil, pinch of salt and red pepper on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the broccoli is charred a bit. Stir after 15 minutes
While broccoli is baking, bring a large pot filled with water to a boil. Add salt and pasta. Cook pasta to al dente (about 10 - 15 minutes). Drain in a colander over a bowl and reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid
Heat the remaining oil and the garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook about 2 minutes until the garlic is golden, stirring occasionally. Add in the cream and reserved cooking liquid, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Stir in the feta and continue to stir until feta begins to melt and sauce is thickened.
Add in broccoli, pasta and lemon rind and stir to coat.
Plate the pasta mixture. Sprinkle with black pepper and the flaked sea salt. Serve