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Sautéed Summer Squash with Lemon-Herb Butter

Servings: 4

Complemented by the brightness of lemon and a salty hit of ricotta salata, thin strips of squash quickly soak up the flavors of rosemary, sage, and thyme. Once you’ve prepped the ingredients, this recipe comes together very quickly.


  • 2 small yellow summer squash (about 1 lb.)
  • 2 small zucchini (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated ricotta salata
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 150
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 100
  • Fat (g): 12
  • Saturated Fat (g): 5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 20
  • Sodium (mg): 160
  • Carbohydrates (g): 8
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Sugar (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 4


Using a spiralizer tool, mandoline, julienne peeler, or knife, cut the summer squash and zucchini into “noodles” or long matchsticks.

Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the garlic, rosemary, sage, and thyme, and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is just starting to brown, about 1 minute.

Add the summer squash, zucchini, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, transfer to a serving dish, and serve with lemon wedges, if using.


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