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Roasted Squash with Parmesan

Parmesan cheese complements tender summer squash in this recipe from chef Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen. Also try: Peekytoe Crab Toast, Shaved Raw Summer Squash with Parmesan Dressing, Roasted Beets with Yogurt

  • Servings: 4
Roasted Squash with Parmesan

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September 2010


  • 2 pounds summer squash and green zucchini
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Maldon sea salt
  • Crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Place 1 squash or zucchini on a cutting board. Cut zucchini at a 45-degree angle on the bias, rotate squash a quarter turn toward you so that the cut side faces up. Cut again at a 45-degree angle right through the middle of the face. Rotate the squash a quarter turn again and repeat process. Repeat process until all squash and zucchini are cut.

  2. Transfer squash and zucchini to a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper; toss to combine. Add Parmesan and toss until squash and zucchini are well coated.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fit a rimmed baking sheet with a rack; spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.

  4. Spread squash and zucchini pieces evenly on prepared rack. Transfer to oven and roast until tender and lightly caramelized, about 12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and let cool slightly; transfer squash and zucchini to a large platter or 4 individual plates.

  5. Drizzle squash with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Zest lemon over squash and cut lemon into wedges; squeeze lemon over squash. Season with Maldon sea salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper; serve immediately.

Reviews (4)

  • MilliesDaughter 8 Sep, 2013

    These proportions are incorrect. 1-1/2 c cheese and 1 Tbs. salt are both way too much for 2 pounds and 4 servings. This is enough cheese, oil and salt for at least 4 pounds of squash and 8 servings. Notwithstanding; the roll-cut gives the pieces a high surface area, the rack helps evaporate excess moisture, the edges browned nicely. Roasting elevates squash, and I don't mind a hot oven in warm weather when it's only for 12 minutes. I will make this again, but will adjust quantities.

  • lwadlinger 1 Jul, 2012

    I think I've made this ten times! It's a new family favorite!

  • jimi_j 21 Sep, 2010

    was not to impressed with this recipe - will try with out cheese next time

  • sophiazh65 21 Sep, 2010

    Overall a good recipe...but I feel a good old-fashioned roasting without cheese is better.

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