Gemelli with Yellow Squash, Peas, and Basil

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Chill out tonight by using just one burner for dinner. Parmesan and butter (plus a bit of pasta water and lemon juice) make an instant delicately creamy sauce that flatters veggies in this carefree supper.


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 8 ounces gemelli or other short pasta

  • 3 medium yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan

  • ½ cup torn fresh basil leaves


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 2 minutes less than al dente. Add squash and peas; cook until squash is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.

  2. To mixture in pot, add butter, lemon juice, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and 1/4 cup pasta water. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. If needed, add enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta. Stir in basil, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan; serve immediately.

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