Oven-Roasted Pattypan Squash With Shallots and Herbs

Oven-Roasted Squash

The Spruce

Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
43 Calories
4g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 43
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 20mg 2%
*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.)

Pattypan squash could more accurately be called "flying saucer" squash because of its appearance—and, in fact, it sometimes is. The pattypan squash is small, round, and flat, with edges that resemble an alien spacecraft. (Some say this little squash looks like a Scottish tam.) It might be yellow, white, or green, or a combination thereof.

Its appearance aside, pattypan squash is versatile and makes for some delightful summer recipes. You can use it like you'd use any other summer squash or zucchini, and you don't need to peel it before cooking it, either. It can be grilled, fried, or, in this case, oven roasted. It tends to stay a little bit firmer when cooked than yellow or green squash does. Pattypan squash imparts a somewhat buttery flavor, although some people think it tastes more like olive oil; you might also say it tastes like what you pair it with.

This easy recipe for roasted pattypan squash uses shallots and herbs and makes a wonderful side dish for dinner parties. This recipe will feed two people, but you can double or triple it if you're feeding a crowd. It makes for an especially good side along with grilled chicken or salmon.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound pattypan summer squash (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 shallot (sliced thin)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for oven-roasted pattypan squash
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  2. Heat the oven to 400 F. 

  3. Toss the squash, shallot, thyme, olive oil, and salt together in a bowl.

    Pattypan squash, shallots, and thyme in a bowl

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  4. Spread the mixture out onto a sheet pan. Bake 15 to 25 minutes or until the squash is tender. Monitor it periodically by testing it with a fork. 

    Pattypan squash with shallots on a pan

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  5. Serve hot or at room temperature. Enjoy.

    Bowl with oven-roasted pattypan squash with thyme and shallots
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Tips

  • When buying pattypan, look for smaller, young squashes; they tend to be more tender with a more delicate flavor.
  • You won't always find pattypan squash in the produce section of supermarkets except when it's summertime and they're in season. Otherwise, a farmers market between May and September is your best bet.
  • Cut off and discard the tough ends, and you might want to scrape out any visible seeds before cooking. 

Recipe Variations

  • For a different flavor, try using rosemary or marjoram instead of the thyme, or use a combination of your favorite spices and herbs. Fresh basil and parsley work well, too.
  • You can also cut the pattypans into horizontal slices for an alternate presentation.

How to Store Pattypan Squash

Before using them, store pattypans wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to three days.


If you have any leftovers, they will keep for 3 to 5 days covered in the refrigerator. Eat them as they are, or cut them up into smaller pieces and toss with hot cooked pasta, fresh lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese.