Summer Squash with Basil Cream Cheese

Smother anything in cream cheese, and it’s bound to be a crowd pleaser. This version with summer squash and basil is pure indulgence, where the sweetness of the squash and creaminess of the cheese melt on the tongue. Hide the fork so there is some left to serve.

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  • 3 yellow squash, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • salt to taste


  1. Steam the squash pieces for 5-10 minutes until cooked. Transfer to a glass serving dish and stir in garlic and salt.
  2. Sprinkle the cream cheese over the top, cover and let stand 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Alternate,  microwave, uncovered for about 1 minute. Stir until the cheese is smooth and blended into the squash. Let set for a minute or two before serving.

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