What to do with all the summer squash and zucchini?
So many things!
Before our Luckett Farms CSA box arrived this week, Kacie, the farmer’s wife, gave a nod to the struggles of members using up the abundance of summer squash and zucchini (the struggle is real!). She wrote about her felicitous purchase of the “veggetti” a couple of years ago.
I decided to invest and looked up the device, only to realize: I already have one! Or something like it. A gift from our nephew and his wife, which I mistook for a German grater that, like the German language, I couldn’t figure out. I grabbed the biggest squash and tried the tool. I hadn’t quite thought that through, but it mostly worked wonderfully.
Now that understand my German spiralizer, I have ideas!
- The usual spiralized squash/zucchini as a substitute for spaghetti noodles.
- Spiralized squash/zucchini sauteed with sweet Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and peppers.
- Spiralized squash/zucchini tossed in seasoned olive oil and airfried for a crispy side.
But for tonight I applied my Southern-style Smothered Squash process to the … squashghetti? … spaccini?
I’m proud to note that I used five things from my CSA box: squash, zucchini, onion, bell pepper, and basil leaves.
- 4-6 squash and zucchini, spiralized. NOTE: You will have some pieces that don’t spiralize for different reasons: the ends, the middle ribbons, too fat. Chop those and saute with the rest. If you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t fret. Slice and/or chop the squash and zucchini.
- 1 med onion
- 1 med bell pepper (use hot pepper if you prefer)
- 3-4 cherry tomatoes (or any tomato in similar amount), diced
- 4-5 leaves of fresh basil (OK to sub other fresh or dried herbs)
- 1-2 tbsp honey (I use cowgirl “honey,” a byproduct of my cowboy pepper relish, because I like sweet heat.)
- ¼ c wine
- Saute onion and pepper 2-3 minutes.
- Add squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and basil.
- Continue to cook on high/med high another 2-3 minutes.
- Add basil, honey, and wine.
- Stir and cook on high for 1-2 minutes.
- Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes).
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