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Garlicky Pattypan Squash with Spinach

Pattypan squash ~ I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it in the produce section of the grocery store or at the farmers' markets here. 

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Anyway, they caught my eye at a specialty market recently as they are colorful and resemble tiny flying saucers with ruffled scalloped edges.  I bought a pound of them and when “Googling,” learned they are a summer squash.  The name “pattypan” derives from “a pan for making a patty.”  The ones I bought were yellow, but they can also be white or green.  Its French name, pâtisson, derives from a Provençal word for a cake made in a scalloped mould. 

Pattypan squash has creamy flesh on the inside that is somewhat sweeter than other summer squash.  This recipe is adapted from one by Bon Appétit.  The squash has a mellow taste, being sautéed with spinach that is perked up with plenty of garlic.  Do not sauté for long as the squash can turn to mush quickly.   I will be looking for the cute pattypan squash at the farmers' markets here soon!

Garlicky Pattypan Squash with Spinach


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium Vidalia onion
1 pound small pattypan squash
4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups fresh spinach leaves or frozen and drained well
Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling


Heat skillet to medium-high and add oil.
Add onions and sauté until almost tender.
Reduce heat to medium.
Stir in squash and garlic and sauté until squash is tender and can be pierced with a fork.
Combine spinach with the squash mixture and cook until spinach is wilted.
Season with salt and pepper.
Squeeze lemon juice over all.
Sprinkle Parmesan on top and serve.


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda, at My Kind of Cooking! She gives great tips on Tuesdays and great easy recipes on Fridays.


  1. I've seen these in our local grocery stores, but didn't know what to do with them. Thanks for sharing this recipe. They sure do look good!

  2. We are very fond of the flying saucer squashes - even grew them a couple of years ago when we had a garden in Denver. Have not seen them here in DC.

  3. Good to see you back again, Sorry that you had to have a sad break. We used to see these in the shops all the time in South Africa bit I have never seen them here. They are delicious and your recipe sound perfect for them. Keep well and have a good day Diane

  4. Oh...that sounds great...thanks!

  5. Ellen, you're welcome! I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we did. I'm going to the farmer's market tomorrow and hope that I can find them there. Have a good day!

    Stephen, that's cool! I grew zucchini in the garden but never even heard of pattypan. I'm going to be experimenting---add a little bacon, maybe. Have a great day, my friend!

    Diane, thanks! I'm so happy to be back! It was a sad, tearful ime and extremely hot and humid there also---106 degrees with high humidity. It's kind of funny how hard it seems to be to find this little veggie. I'd like to find the white and green ones now. Good day to you!

    Mr. Bill, it really is a great summer dish. Thanks for the visit!

  6. Our farmers' market has them--yellow and green-every summer. In fact, we've already enjoyed some. I'll be trying your recipe with some of them.


  7. Bonnie, I'm hoping to find the green ones at the farmers' market tomorrow. Hope you like this recipe, if you try it!

  8. Pam, this looks great. The first time I've run across patty pan was at ou farmer's market a couple of years ago. When I google to find out about them the intersting recipe I found was stuffed pattypan. They work out well for stuffing them.

  9. I have been seeing this squash at the market, but I've yet to make anything with it. Now I'm totally inspired! Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Pam, I'm with Ellen B. I've seen this type of squash in the stores but sort of considered them decorative...not a primary food source. Thanks for this nice recipe...and the finished product looks great too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  11. Lyndsey, thanks for the great tip! I bet it's great stuffed and I will be checking it out soon. Sounds pretty good to me, and thanks again!

    Monet, great! I'm glad this gives you inspiration to try the pattypan. And I hope you like it!

    David, I sort of thought that myself when I first saw them. I had never seen them before and was intrigued. Bet they'd be good on the grill with other veggies!

  12. Such a cute name. I have seen these at one of our bigger markets. Never thought to purchase any...thanks to you, I now know how to cook them and I plan on doing just that..
    Thanks Pam..

  13. Shug, I know what you mean. I had no idea about them, just thought they were cute, but they're good too!

  14. I LOVE squash! Aren't they about the prettiest squash you've ever seen! Your recipe looks fantastic, and I can't wait to try it!

    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my blueberry muffin recipe! The recipe works well with other types of blueberries too! LOL!!! I'm just partial to wild Maine blueberries because we have a cottage in Maine, plus they taste FANTASTIC too!

  15. Pam,
    Glad to see you back!

    You beat me to these. I am buying these today at the farm stand across our road. Now, I can try your recipe, which looks and sounds wonderful.

    Please stop by my blog. I have an award for you!

  16. love the recipe for all kinds of squash...i have never ever seen that squash..pretty though!

  17. I've never tasted Pattypan Squash. Your dish sure looks delicious, so I need to scout around for this squash!

  18. I don't know if I like the recipe or the photo best, but I definitely like both. I used to grow them but they were always white.

  19. What a delicious looking post Pam. Pattypan Squash has recently been spotted in Wegman's but I neglected to buy it for the same reasons as the others. Now that I see how adorably tempting they can be when cooked, I will be buying them ASAP! I love the addition of Spinach. I'm sure it all tasted yummy!

    Thanks so much for sharing...

  20. I am glad you are back, Pam. I missed reading your awesome posts. you and your family are still in my prayers. We can't purchase the Pattypan squash in our small town and we don't have a Farmer's Market. But I will keep my eye out when I travel, so I can try this recipe.

  21. OB & CS, thanks! I love squash too! I've always wanted to visit Maine, so blueberries are a good excuse to go one of these days! :-)

    Becky, thanks, I'm happy to return! Hope you like the squash! I'll check out yours shortly.

    Annmarie Pipa, thanks! They are almost to pretty to eat!

    Judy, they aren't the easiest thing to find but I hope you have no problem with it.

    Larry, good for you! Home-grown is definitely best!

    louise, they're pretty tasty with the spinach and I hope you like the squash, should you make it!

    Linda, thanks so much! It was a difficult time, plus it was 106 degrees when we were there. Here's hoping you have a great weekend, my friend!

  22. I've seen it in some grocery stores and at our farmers market, just never tried it. They remind me of UFO's.

  23. I've actually seen these in our grocery store from time to time, but I've never been adventurous enough to try them :) Will have to pick some up next time I see them!


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