Sautéed Summer Squash with Red Pepper and Thyme

Sautéed Summer Squash with Red Pepper and Thyme

This recipe is all about a quick, but gentle sauté in order to coax the natural sweetness out of the veggies, while still keeping a bit of a bite to the squash and peppers. The thyme adds a nice depth of flavor and the parsley that freshness you're looking for at the end. 

We had this as Sunday supper served with from-scratch chickpeas and sheep's milk feta. It would also be excellent mixed with your choice of pasta or as the filling for a frittata. 


Sautéed Summer Squash with Red Pepper and Thyme


1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
3 scallions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts only
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red pepper, diced small
4 small yellow squash, diced small
2 tsp. fresh thyme, leaves only
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
2 Tbs. parsley, chopped


  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, then shallot and scallions. Cook until just translucent and fragrant, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds. Next, add the red pepper, yellow squash, thyme, and salt. Sauté 7-10 minutes until the vegetables are just tender, but still have a little bite to them. Turn off heat and stir in chopped parsley. Taste and adjust salt as needed.

  • NOTES:

    • You could make this with any type of summer squash (zucchini, pattypan, etc). The smaller the squash the better the flavor. 

    • The dish can be made several hours ahead and reheated gently with a splash of water if needed. 

    • Leftovers make a great filling for a frittata the next day. Also try it mixed with pasta or quinoa for a full, veggie-packed meal.  


Recipe developed for SWW™ by Erin Parekh