Chef-Boy-I-Be-Illinois' Fettuccine With Squash Ribbons

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READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Chef-Boy-I-Be Illin

Cyndy, the wife of our consumer supported agriculture (CSA) farmer Bob, inspired this innovative use of the abundance of summer squash. Easy to prepare, doesn't heat the kitchen up, and it's delicious. Use a sharp vegetable peeler to make thin squash ribbons, about a half-inch wide. Peel, then rotate the squash so strips are about the same width. Stop when you hit the rough seeds. The hot fettuccine and sauteed grape tomatoes will heat and slightly soften the squash.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces whole wheat fettuccine (or regular)
  • cooking spray
  • 3 fully cooked chicken sausage (preferably spinach and feta or sun-dried tomato flavor)
  • 3 medium crookneck yellow squash, trimmed, skin removed and peeled into thin ribbons
  • 3 medium zucchini, trimmed, skin removed and peeled into thin ribbons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 -4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • packed chopped fresh basil
  • parmigiano-reggiano cheese, for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt generously and add fettuccine. Cook according to package directions. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta-cooking water and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Add chicken sausage and cook, turning often, until golden brown on each side. Transfer to a cutting board. Allow sausage to rest for a few minutes, then thinly slice on the diagonal.
  3. Add olive oil to skillet and turn heat to medium-low. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook 3 minutes, or until skin is no longer taut. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Deglaze skillet with about 1/4 cup of reserved pasta-cooking water, loosening any bits from the bottom of the skillet. Remove from heat.
  4. Off the stove, add the zucchini ribbons to the empty pasta pot, followed by the tomato mixture, the drained pasta, the sliced sausage and about three-quarters of the basil. Toss well to combine. If pasta appears dry, add enough of the reserved cooking water to coat the pasta so it looks moist, but not wet.
  5. Divide among 4 bowls and use a vegetable peeler to shave thin pieces of Parmigiano-Reggiano over pasta. Sprinkle with remaining basil and serve immediately.

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