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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Roasted Zucchini and Squash with Fennel

I had some zucchini and summer squash in the refrigerator and was preparing to stir-fry them last night.  Then I changed my mind and decided to roast them.  And after tasting them, we were glad I did.  Sometimes, it’s a good thing to change your mind!

Have you ever roasted fennel?  It’s sort of amazing how the fennel undergoes a transformation into a sweet, caramel flavor and then the garlic infuses the zucchini and yellow squash.  Add some salt and pepper, sprinkle with lemon zest and Voila!  You have a great side dish for dinner.  I served it with a green salad with a vinaigrette dressing and pork chops.

This is simple and a great combo of flavors.  Not only were the vegetables delicious, they are nutritious and the calorie count was right on spot!

                                  Zucchini plant

                                                   Summer squash plant

                                                                                                            Fennel plant

Roasted Zucchini and Squash with Fennel


1 zucchini, cut into small spears
1 yellow squash, cut into small spears
½ fennel bulb, cut into chunks
1 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
Parmesan cheese for garnish, optional


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Coat baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
Place vegetables on baking sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil and toss.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bake for about 25 minutes until fork tender.
Top with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, if desired.



  1. Hi Pam,
    This recipe must be delicious. I love zucchini, fennel and squash, so it sounds perfect to me!!

  2. of my favourite veggies in summer. Your roasted mixed veggies look very yummy.

  3. Nothing beats vegetables as fresh as that!

  4. Good recipe for this time of year. We are all up to our necks in all types of squash!

  5. Are these vegetables from your garden Pam?

    I've never had fennel, or leeks--two things I really want to try. This recipe looks perfect. I absolutely adore roasted squash and I bet, from what I hear about the flavor of fennel, that complimented it wonderfully!

  6. Good timing. My squash and zucchini are just about ready, picked the first one today. I must have a look around for some fennel this really sounds good. Diane

  7. Squash is squash, but add fennel and you have a symphony!! Love it.

  8. Salsa Verde, it was delicious and to make it even better, easy too!

    Angie's Recipes, thanks! Mine too and it's great when roasted!

    3 hungry tummies, you said it all! Have a great day!

    Farmchick, lucky you! I know how those gardens go with an abundance of something. Thanks for stopping by!

    Terrianne, Call me Ree, hi! It's great to see you back! How are you? Sadly, not from my garden. Try it with fennel sometime! Thanks for the visit!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, timing is everything! Hope you find the fennel as it is a great combo with the squash!

    Susan, right you are! Fennel livens up the squash and makes for a great taste with it! Thanks!

  9. Lovin' all the fresh veggies...looks great.
    PS...your recipe for beans and rice looks AMAZING!!! One of our favorite meals is red beans and rice.

  10. Another great recipe Pam! I love the combination of flavors you put together. Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to prepare them.

  11. That's my favorite way to have fennel. I was looking for it at the farmer's market, but didn't look good this time. I usually get out my big stoneware bar pan and throw the veggies that I picked up on it, alonf with a sliced, sweet Florida onion. You're right roasting it it all caramelizes so nicely! Yum!

  12. Just recently got into fennel and have had it only in salads, have to try your way and roast it, looks fabulous! Great looking recipe!

  13. Clements Family, thanks! Red rice and beans, could it all the time! Give that recipe a try!

    Hi Linda! thanks! The fennel and lots of garlic surely kicks the squash up a notch. It's so easy to roast veggies and they always turn out with a great flavor!

    Lyndsey, I only recently started cooking with fennel and love it. Don't know what took me so long! Onions are tasty with it also. Great idea with the stoneware ~ I will definitely do that the next time. Thanks for telling me about it!

    Dishesdone, like I said above, I just started using fennel recently. It's really great roasted! Have a good day!

  14. I love garden fresh veggies and the roasted flavors in the dish best enhances the mellow veggies :D

  15. I'll give this a try. We have grown fennel for the first time and it is doing well. The courgettes are not doing so well for some reason but there are plenty in the shops quite cheaply now.
    Thanks for the idea!

  16. Roasting is the best way to cook just about any vegetable...especially fennel.

  17. Yasmeen, exactly! The roasting brings the flavors out. Thanks!

    Jean, good for you with the fennel and sorry about your courgettes. Interesting with the UK words! Gardening can be a mysterious thing sometimes.

    Adventures in Domestic Cooking, thank you; it's good!

    Bo, you're right and you have a good rest of the day!

  18. I love roasted vegetables. I need to save this and make it in about 6-7 months when vegetables are back in season (S. Florida).

  19. You have totally upped the squash roast game, I had not even though of fennel added! I cannot wait to try it!

  20. M @ Betty Crapper, we're just starting to get fresh local vegetables here, it's a wonderful thing!

    Chef E, thank you! It's a great addition with a great taste to complete the squash!

  21. I love finding different ways to prepare veggies. Sometimes, I actually hit on a way that my kids like. Your combo of flavors sounds like just the thing that might do the job:) Thanks!

  22. simple yet healthy, keep on rocking

  23. Raina, thank you! I know what you mean with kids and veggies. Hope they like this one!

    Shanthi, thanks! You have a good day!

  24. Is that from your garden? Looks beautiful! I planted some myself a week ago, and I am so looking forward to some home grown vegetables.

  25. One of my fav veggie in this season.. loved the combo of zucchini with fennel awesome.


  26. anudivya, no. I wish they were. I always had a garden until recently but there are so many trees and way too much shade for one now. Good luck with yours!

    Cuisine de Provence, thank you and you have a good day!

    Pavithra, thanks! It's a great mix with the fennel added!

  27. this looks great love the happy happy songs and singing here~

  28. I love roasted veggies...the addition of the fennel sounds delightful.

  29. I love your photos of the plants. They are interesting looking,

    This would be a great recipe for My Meatless Mondays, if you have a moment, from Monday on.

  30. I love the tuna salad. It looks great!

  31. pegasuslegend, thanks for stopping by!

    Holly, the fennel adds a great flavor to them all.

    Sweet and Savory, yes! It would be great for MM, always love to see what you come up with!

    Rick, thanks! Have a good day!

  32. I love roasted zucchini! I especially love that my family loves it. Roasting seems to improve the taste of every vegetable, and it's so simple! I just use olive oil, salt, pepper, and sometimes a little garlic powder.

  33. Debbi, me too! It's great that your family loves it also. I wish I had made roasted vegetable dishes like this when the boys were young. You're right, it's simple and you have all the right ingredients in it. Thanks for stopping by!

  34. A timely recipe, my zucchini are waiting to be picked.

  35. Mimi, lucky you with having your own! There's nothing like fresh from the garden!


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