I made this for dinner. I halved the recipe, however it seemed too heavy on noodles and lacking veggies. The basil was unnoticeable, so next time I'd double it (at least) as well as the squash. I think some sun dried tomatoes in addition (or instead of) the cherry tomatoes would help out, as well as some garbanzos for protein. Cheese was essential.
Bowtie Pasta with Yellow Squash and Tomatoes Recipe (No Meat Athelete)
Ingredients (for 4 huge servings):
1 lb whole wheat bowtie pasta (I used Barilla Plus)
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
3-4 small yellow squash, halved lengthwise and cut into half-inch chunks
1 large clove garlic, minced (I used the elephant garlic I got from the farmers market)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
3 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
grated parmesan cheese, optional
Toss the squash with a tablespoon of kosher salt, then set in a colander over a large bowl for 30 minutes so that some water will be released into the bowl. Once the time is up, dry the squash with paper towels and brush off excess salt.
Boil water for the pasta, add salt until it tastes like sea water. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
While the pasta cooks, heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once it's shimmering, add the squash and saute for about 5 minutes. The goal is to get some nice color on the squash, so just move it around often enough to keep it from burning. Move the squash to a large plate.
Add another 1 Tbsp of oil to the pan, add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for a few seconds, until aromatic. Don't let it burn! Add the squash back in and stir it in with the garlic and red pepper over medium-low heat to keep it warm while the pasta finishes.
Drain the pasta, combine with the squash mixture, balsamic vinegar, remaining 1 Tbsp oil, tomatoes, and basil. Mix well, adjust seasoning, and serve topped with cheese.