Summer Squash with Rosemary and Lemon

June 01, 2013


Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the squash, sauté for 1 minute or so to warm, then add a splash of water and cover. Cook over medium-high heat until the squash is soft, about 3 minutes. Remove the lid, add the rosemary and lemon zest, toss it with the squash and then season with salt and pepper.

Lightly brush the cut surface of the baguette pieces with olive oil, then toast until golden and crisp. While the bread is hot, rub the cut surfaces with the garlic. Spread the baguette pieces with the ricotta, then overlap the squash on top. Season with a bit more pepper and serve.

Reprinted with permission from Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison. Copyright © 2013 by Deborah Madison. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 or 2 summer squash (about 8 ounces in all), very thinly sliced
  • 1 (scant) teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 long pieces of baguette, sliced diagonally
  • Olive oil and garlic for the bread
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
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