Penne with Grilled Summer Squash and Corn – Summer squash and sweet corn are the stars in this fresh and seasonal vegetarian dinner.
Photos Updated August 2015
I am so sad that we will not be having a garden this year. I mentioned before, but we have our house up for sale, and we figured that we didn’t want to put all the work into a garden, when we will most likely be gone before we really have the chance to benefit from the harvest. It’s hard to know that I’m not going to be going out into my backyard to pick a few tomatoes, or a squash, or that I won’t be trying to figure out 101 things to do with zucchini. I guess it’s a good thing that there are some farmer’s markets close by!
This is a meal that is a perfect summer meal. I love summer squash, but I’m always looking for something new to do with it. And I am becoming a huge fan of packing lots of veggies into pasta dishes. This has been one of my favorite pasta dishes that I have had recently!
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 1½ pounds yellow summer squash (about 4 small or 2 medium) halved crosswise and each half cut lengthwise into 3 thick slabs
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 2 ears fresh corn
- 1 15-ounce container whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
- Preheat a grill to medium-high.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
- Meanwhile, brush both sides of the squash with the ¼ cup olive oil. Season with salt. Grill the squash and the corn until charred, about 10 minutes, turning once. Remove to a cutting board and allow to sit until cool enough to handle.
- Coarsely chop the squash and place it in a large bowl. Cut the kernels from the corn and add them to the squash. Add the tomatoes and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir in the ricotta, garlic and thyme, then add the pasta and stir until combined. If needed, add some of the pasta water to reach your desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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