Summer Squash With Pancetta And Fresh Thyme

In the summer when vegetables are flourishing, I find I get carried away at my local green grocer and I end up almost always buying too much of everything. I bought an entire bag full of zucchini and summer squash recently and have been spending the past two days finding new ways to cook them.

I had some leftover pancetta in my refrigerator that I needed to use up, so I chopped it up into a small dice and sauteed  it to flavor the squash. All I needed was some garlic and fresh thyme and I had a delicious side dish.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 

Summer Squash With Pancetta And Fresh Thyme

Summer Squash With Pancetta And Fresh Thyme

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Fresh summer squash just needs a little pancetta and fresh thyme to make it sing.


  • 1/3 Cup Diced Pancetta
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Small Zucchini
  • 3 Small Summer Squash
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme


  1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, then cut it into 1 1/2 inch chunks.
  2. Heat the oil in a large heavy frying pan, then add the pancetta, and cook it until it begins to brown.
  3. Add the zucchini into the pan and gently toss the squash with the pancetta and oil to coat.
  4. Cook over medium heat until the squash is tender crisp.
  5. Add the garlic and continue to cook another minute or two.
  6. Remove from the heat and season with the cracked black pepper and chopped fresh thyme.
  7. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

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One Comment

  1. I am extremely happy to have found you and to get your mail. The recipe for summer squash married together with the thyme and pancetta blew my mind with the taste and aroma. I’m planning to go to Italy soon to try to find those fresh porcini mushrooms to spoke about.

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