Recipe for zucchini cakes

Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

Serves 4 with leftovers

2 zucchini, coarsely grated
1 summer squash, coarsely grated
1 large carrot, coarsely grated
¼ red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten
cups panko breadcrumbs
cups grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste
6 ears fresh corn, shucked

1. Set the oven at 250 degrees. Have on a hand a rimmed baking sheet.

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2. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini, squash, carrot, onion, parsley, salt and pepper, egg, panko, and Parmesan.

3. Using about cup for each patty, form the vegetables into 18 cakes.

4. In a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cook the patties in the skillet in batches for 3 minutes on a side, or until they are golden. Transfer to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until all the patties are cooked. Add more oil to the pan if necessary. Set aside 6 patties for the pasta.

5. In a large pot, bring several inches of water to a boil. Add the corn, cover the pan, and cook over high heat for 3 minutes. Remove the corn from the pan. Set aside 2 ears for the pasta.

6. On each of 4 plates, ladle ¾ cup tomato sauce. Set 3 patties on top. Serve with corn on the cob. Sally Pasley Vargas