Use up your bounty of summer squash with this pasta with shredded squash and yogurt sauce! Trust me on the yogurt sauce, it's delicious!
Are you swimming in squash right now?
We're not....because we managed to kill our squash plants yet again. Womp womp. We've spent an ungodly amount of money on plants and seeds at the Hartley household, only to watch them wither up and die. Still, every spring we set out to have a garden plot any doomsday prepper would be proud of. When will we ever learn?
If you're better at keeping plants alive than we are, or at least know someone else who is, then maybe you'll appreciate this pasta with shredded squash and yogurt sauce. It's the perfect way to use up lots of summer squash or zucchini, which melds right into the yogurt sauce.
I know the yogurt sauce sounds kinda weird, but trust me on this one. It's takes on a rich and almost sweet flavor mixed with the caramelized squash and parmesan cheese. Plus, it's a heck of a lot easier than whipping up a cream sauce from scratch! Do be sure to use full fat yogurt. Not only does the fat help keep you satisfied but it tastes a heck of a lot better too.
Pasta with Shredded Squash and Yogurt Sauce
- 8 ounces whole grain pasta
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 medium-large squash, shredded on the large grates of a cheese grater
- 1 cup plain, full fat yogurt
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
- 2 scallions, sliced
- More parmesan, for serving
- Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions. Reserve 1 cup of starchy cooking liquid then drain pasta.
- While pasta is cooking, heat butter and olive oil in a large sided skillet on medium-high heat. When butter is melted, add squash, season with salt and pepper and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Decrease to medium heat and stir in yogurt, parmesan, nutmeg and a little reserved pasta water (start with about 1/3 cup). Season with salt and pepper. Stir in chickpeas and pasta and warm through a couple minutes. Pour into a serving bowl and serve garnished with almonds, scallions and more parmesan cheese.
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