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Great news: Summer squash season is upon us. And while our go-to preparation is roasting it in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper, we’ll be the first to admit that eating it plain can get boring. Here, 19 creative ways to cook summer squash.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Skillet Pasta with Summer Squash, Ricotta and Basil

When the weather gets warm, spaghetti and meatballs just won’t cut it. Serve up this one-pan meal, ready in 30 minutes.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Caroline Lange

Wild Alaska Salmon and Summer Squash Kebabs

Nothing screams summer like food on a stick. (Right?) But you don’t necessarily have to use your grill to make awesome skewers. All you have to do is fire up a skillet and dinner’s done in 25 minutes.

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Helen Cathcart/Tuscany

Zucchini and Tomato Ragù

Presenting ratatouille's chic Italian cousin. The simple dish shines with summer veggies. Eat it in a bowl for a quick lunch, serve it as a side dish with grilled meat or add a poached egg and call it breakfast.

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Half Baked Harvest

Mediterranean Chicken and Summer Squash Noodles with fried Halloumi

Life is all about balance, so you have our permission to eat spiralized summer squash with a big helping of fried cheese.

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Erin McDowell

Easy One-Pan Ratatouille

While the traditional version is slow-cooked on the stove, this one is delightfully hands-off. It’s healthy yet hearty, comes together in less than an hour and looks très impressive next to a glass of wine.

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Foodiecrush

Zucchini And Fresh Corn Farmers’ Market Salad With Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Coterie member Heidi Larsen gives this raw salad its spunk with a garlicky-lemon-basil vinaigrette that lightly marinates the thin squash peels and corn kernels.

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Inspiralized

Spiralized Summer Squash Casserole with Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs

Roast squash in a cheesy sauce until it’s tender and crisp, then top everything off with gluten-free breadcrumbs. The results? The ultimate casserole that tastes indulgent but won’t weigh you down. (Thanks, Coterie member Ali Maffucci.)

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What's Gaby Cooking

Grilled Summer Squash with Feta

There comes a point every summer when we’re all up to our ears in summer squash. Luckily, Coterie member Gaby Dalkin has figured out an easy-breezy way to put an armful to work.

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The Pig and Quill

Spiced Summer Squash Quickbread

You can transform carrots and zucchini into bread. Why not summer squash? Enter a lightly sweetened, moist recipe that’ll keep you coming back for thirds.

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Averie Cooks

Sheet Pan Summer Vegetables and Chicken

Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this one-pan dinner, seasoned simply with olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian spices.

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Gimme Some Oven

Minestrone Soup

Light, summery dishes are lovely, but sometimes we crave something heartier and more comforting. Enter this easy minestrone recipe. Eating a bowl is like curling up underneath a warm blanket.

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The Bojon Gourmet

Baked Green Chilaquiles with Sweet Corn and Summer Squash

Homemade tortilla chips coated in tomatillo salsa and tossed with summer squash and corn make a cozy nest for baked eggs and cheese.

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This Mess Is Ours

Summer Squash and Ricotta Galette

This galette is great hot, at room temperature or even cold. You can serve it for any meal of the day and even pack the leftovers in lunch boxes.

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Damn Delicious

Grilled Garlic Herb Zucchini

Half zucchini, half summer squash, this simple summer dish is dressed with plenty of fresh herbs and olive oil.

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Cotter Crunch

Basil and Mint Yellow Squash Spiralized Salad

A dish that's Paleo, gluten-free and vegan without even trying. Combine all the raw ingredients in a bowl, toss to coat with dressing and you’re done.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Heath Goldman

Easy Indian-Inspired Kitchari Bowls

Lentils plus tummy-settling vegetables like summer squash make this easy, Indian-inspired stew just the dish you need when you’re feeling under the weather.

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The Recipe Critic

Summer Squash Lemon Spaghetti

Buttery noodles, garlic, summer squash, Parmesan breadcrumbs and a squeeze of lemon: As simple as a summer day.

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Oh Sweet Basil

Creamy Zucchini Squash Casserole

One of those recipes you’d swear involves cheese because it comes out so creamy. Surprise, there isn’t any…though there is some sour cream and butter. Because we’ve all got to live a little.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Rainbow Vegetable Skewers

Raise your hand if you’ve ever attempted to grill a veggie skewer and totally burned it. If you’re cooking a bunch of different vegetables on the same kebab, they’ll cook unevenly. These rainbow vegetable skewers contain one ingredient each, making your job so much easier.

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