Cheesy Summer Squash Sauté

Zucchini and summer squash, sautéed with bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and served with melted cheddar cheese!

Summer Squash Sauté
Elise Bauer

My mother is the only person I have ever known who can make summer squash taste this good!

Often this time of year gardens are overflowing with zucchini and summer squash. This quick and easy recipe is a great way to use up some of the bounty.

Note that summer squash varies in tenderness, sometimes you need to cook them a little longer, sometimes a little less.

Cheesy Summer Squash Sauté

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pounds summer squash and/or zucchini, sliced

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, sliced

  • 2 smallish tomatoes or 1 large tomato, peeled and cut into wedges

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 5 or 6 slices cheese, jack or cheddar

  • Basil, either dry or chopped fresh

  • Salt and pepper


  1. Sauté onions, garlic, squash, and bell pepper:

    Put onion, garlic, squash, bell pepper into a large saucepan with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Put on high heat and brown the vegetables slightly to develop flavor.

    As you are browning, sprinkle either dried basil or chopped fresh basil on the vegetables.

  2. Add cheese:

    When vegetables are slightly browned, remove from heat, add the slices of cheese, and cover the pan.

  3. Cook the tomatoes:

    In a separate stick-free fry pan, put the tomatoes and cook at medium hi heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want to let the juice from the tomatoes evaporate some.

  4. Combine:

    After 5 minutes, add the tomatoes to the rest of the vegetables and stir. Salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
269 Calories
18g Fat
17g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 269
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 41mg 204%
Calcium 374mg 29%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 654mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.