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Yellow Squash Pasta with Caramelized Lemon

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This gorgeous side goes well with simply grilled meat or poultry. Yellow squash has a high water content, which means that cooking the squash noodles would release a lot of liquid. We opt instead to air-dry them and keep them raw for more freshness and plenty of crunch. Look for lemons with thinner skins (smoother, shinier skins are often thinner); you’ll get a nice citrus hit with each bite, but charring the slices softens the flavor so it’s not overpowering. Serve right after tossing everything together, as the squash will start to wilt.

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Active time 20 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 20 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 3/4 cup)

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds yellow squash (about 3 large squash)
3 medium lemons, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup roughly chopped celery leaves
3/4 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

1 Trim squash ends, and halve squash crosswise. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out inner seeds from each squash, removing as little flesh as possible. Cut squash into large noodles using a spiralizer. Place squash noodles between 2 layers of paper towels. Let stand at room temperature until dry, about 3 hours.

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2 Transfer noodles to a medium bowl. Grate rind from 1 lemon to equal 1/2 teaspoon. Cut same lemon in half; squeeze juice to equal 1 tablespoon. Set aside rind and juice. Trim tops and bottoms of remaining 2 lemons, and slice into half-moons.

3 Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lemon slices; sprinkle evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle sugar over lemons. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lemons are browned on the edges and caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes.

4 Add caramelized lemon slices to squash noodles. Add celery leaves, cheese, lemon rind, lemon juice, pepper, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss gently to combine. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Serve immediately.

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