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.

Everyday Food, July/August 2008


Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.


Reviews (2)

36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
My 10 year old daughter loves this. Great with the fresh basil and lemon. I used fucilli. Super easy for a main or side dish. Will make it again. Thanks Chefs at Everyday Food! from Estees mom
Rating: Unrated
This is a great zucchini recipe, something we all need this time of year. I used small patty pan, zucchini and yellow squash and since I didn't have basil I threw in some pesto instead. My husband the meat lover even liked this very easy recipe.