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Garlic and Herb Roasted Pattypan Squash with Herbed Ricotta

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Tantalize your taste buds with this tantalizing roasted pattypan squash recipe! Combining garlic, herbs and a creamy herbed ricotta cheese creates an invitingly delicious flavor that’s perfect for any dinner party or family gathering – even the pickiest eater will love it. Delight in the flavors of summer today with this vegetarian masterpiece.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized pattypan squash
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Cut the pattypan squash in half, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Place the pattypan squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side up. Brush the garlic and herb mixture over each squash half.
  5. Roast the squash in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are tender and lightly browned.
  6. While the squash is roasting, mix together the ricotta cheese, chopped basil, chopped parsley, and lemon zest in a small bowl.
  7. When the squash is finished roasting, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
  8. Once the squash has cooled slightly, spoon a dollop of the herbed ricotta cheese mixture onto each squash half.
  9. Serve the roasted pattypan squash immediately, garnished with additional fresh herbs if desired.

Ideal for a party of four, this side dish pairs beautifully with roasted carrots and sweet potatoes or an invigorating green salad dressed in lemon vinaigrette.

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