34 Homegrown Summer Squash Recipes
The end of summer brings a bonanza of summer squash to play with in the kitchen. Every year, it seems, we end up with piles and piles of summer squash and somehow no idea what to do with it. This year, we’ve collected our favorite squash recipes so that no squash goes uneaten. From yellow summer squash to spaghetti squash, these recipes are sure to inspire you to get to the farmer’s market (or your garden!), and start making the most of the late summer bounty. From beautiful ribbons of pasta with discs of zucchini and fresh mint, to an amazingly wonderful spicy spaghetti squash with shrimp, and even a yellow squash bundt cake for dessert, there are more than enough squash recipes here to keep you working your way through those piles of late summer squash.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
The creamy sauce and the crunchy, buttery topping on this classic casserole keep us coming back for more.
Yellow Squash Bundt Cake
Recipe: Yellow Squash Bundt Cake
Squash isn’t just for dinner. Put it to use in this delicious cake recipe that’s as pretty as it is good.
Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp
Spicy marinara sauce brings some kick into this dish.
Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Drumsticks with Squash
This one-pan supper is a great way to take staple ingredients for a new spin.
Reunion Pea Casserole
Recipe: Reunion Pea Casserole
The filling in this casserole is cheesy and rich, but the top is full of refreshing veggies.
Grilled Chicken with Quick-Pickled Squash Salad
This fresh and tangy squash salad can be made from any summer varieties you please.
Baked Zucchini Fries
Recipe: Baked Zucchini Fries
These fries have the best crunch to them. Don’t forget marinara sauce for dipping.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
Recipe: Zucchini Rice Gratin
This gratin makes enough to serve ten people, making it the perfect crowd-pleasing dish for summer gatherings.
Grilled Pizza with Summer Veggies and Smoked Chicken
Homemade pizza is a simple and satisfying summer meal that we like to pile high with seasonal veggies.
Recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
Chocolate-lovers will go crazy for this delicious cake.
Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Recipe: Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Layered between pasta and cheese is our favorite summer veggies.
Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Mozzarella
This cheesy pasta dish is less labor-intense than lasagna, but still packs in all the Italian flavor you like.
Zucchini Noodle Salad
Recipe: Zucchini Noodle Salad
Spiraled zucchini is mixed with cooked lady peas, thinly sliced sweet onion, chopped garlic clove, and fresh chopped parsley in this salad.
Halloumi-and-Summer Vegetable Kebabs
Grilled squash is always a hit in the summer, especially when it’s part of a flavorful kebab.
Cornbread Panzanella with Squash
Recipe: Cornbread Panzanella with Squash
We swapped bread for cornbread and tomatoes for squash in this twist on panzanella.
Chicken and Charred Succotash Salad
This colorful salad is good enough to save for leftovers the next day.
Recipe: Squash Tart
This recipe is a perfect appetizer to whip together last minute.
Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups
Recipe: Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups
Each roll-up is stuffed with creamy goat cheese, lemon tarragon, and a fresh basil leaf.
Recipe: Zucchini Bread
There’s nothing more classic than making zucchini bread with your bounty of summer squash.
Squash and Halloumi Salad
Recipe: Squash and Halloumi Salad
Halloumi is a firm chewy cheese that can take the heat of the grill and pairs nicely with squash.
Recipe: Cornbread-Stuffed Zucchini
Use zucchinis as vessels for this cornbread, chicken, and corn mixture.
Air-Fryer Zucchini Chips
Recipe: Air-Fryer Zucchini Chips
These chips are cheesy, salty, crispy, and even tender once you bite in. They’ve got the wow factor.
Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad
This take on panzanella is drizzled with a zingy mustard-and-shallot vinaigrette.
Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette
This summer vinaigrette, made of honey, basil, and olive oil, perfectly complements the grilled squash in this recipe.
Recipe: Zucchini-Onion Frittata
This meatless frittata is easy to prepare, taking only 15 minutes of hands-on time.
Corn-and-Zucchini Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese
Sweet corn, creamy goat cheese, and zesty lime dressing make this squash dish soar.
Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash
Recipe: Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash
Here's a cute idea: Hollow out baby pattypan squash and fill with goat pimiento cheese. Can't find pattypans? Pipe the filling on thinly sliced squash rounds, or stuff it into squash blossoms.
Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes
A zesty marinade livens up this pork-and-veggie one sheet pan supper. Flavorful roasted squash, zucchini, and red potatoes make the perfect bed to serve pork loin chops. Pay attention when purchasing the pork chops, and opt for frenched pork rib chops – chops taken from the rib bone, and cut so that the rib bone is exposed and the meat is removed from the bone. In addition to making the cut’s presentation more appealing, frenching adds flavor. When preparing the dish, be sure to allow enough time for the pork chop to marinate. We recommend chilling the marinating pork for at least 8 hours to ensure it soaks up every last bit of lemon, garlic, and oregano flavor from the Greek marinade.
Recipe: Squash Frittata
This squash frittata is perfect for vegetarians. Looking for a seasonal brunch item? This fresh zucchini and fingerling potato frittata makes a stunning presentation when plated, and is a perfect start to a crisp fall day. Fresh harvest flavors of parmesan cheese and pepper abounds in every bite, and a dash of heavy cream gives it a smooth and decadent texture. Although yellow squash works in place of zucchini, make sure that you don’t leave the green squash out entirely – it gives color while the yellow blends in with the rich egg frittata. Garnish with chopped fresh chives, torn parsley, and basil for a magazine-worthy plate.
Recipe: Zucchini-Mint Pasta
Add cooked shrimp to this recipe for a heartier main, or white beans for a vegetarian option.
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Soft, white breadcrumbs double as a feather-light binder and golden crumb topping. To make them, pulse torn slices of day-old sandwich bread in the food processor.
Summer Squash Casserole
Recipe: Squash Casserole
This pairs perfectly with fried chicken at a summer barbecue.
Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi with Spinach-Herb Pesto
Dumpling-like gnocchi [NYOH-kee] are sold near the dried pastas. A teaspoon of mint adds a refreshing flavor to the pesto.
Fried Zucchini Straws
Recipe: Fried Zucchini Straws
One bite of these Fried Zucchini Straws and you'll be hooked.