Vegetable Sauté

Here is my favorite vegetable sauté, the basis for what I add to pasta primavera or just by themselves. If adding to pasta primavera, I tend not to brown the squash, onions and mushrooms so much as in the photo.


6 servings


  1 tbsp olive oil
  2 tbsp butter or more olive oil
  1 medium red onion, sliced into long thick slices
  ¼ lb button mushrooms, sliced
  finger white wine
  1 large yellow or crook-neck squash, diced
  2 small zucchini squash, diced
  sea or kosher salt to taste

Optional ingredients...

  sliced bell or other peppers, any color (optional)
  green onion coins
  fresh garlic, minced
  2 oz. crumbled bacon (optional)
  1 small tomato, sliced into wedges


1. Perform the mise en place of all ingredients.

2. Put 1 tbsp of oil into a medium hot skillet followed by the onion and sauté for 2 minutes tossing often.

3. Add another tablespoon of oil or butter and the mushrooms. Brown slightly, then add the wine. Simmer until alcohol evaporated, 1-2 minutes. Reserve in a separate bowl. If you find the onions over-cooked at this point, then reserve the first and cook the mushrooms separately, stir the onions in then reserve.

4. Add remaining oil or butter to skillet followed by all the squash. Sauté until brown on edges. Optionally add in peppers after squash is cooked.

5. Pour in onions and mushrooms and stir carefully for 30 seconds to rewarm them. Then add any other, optional ingredients, season and toss before serving piping hot. (Do not leave optional ingredients to “cook in.”)