Smothered Yellow Squash with Basil

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 1/2 lb medium yellow squash, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

PREPARATION:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add half of squash and sautรฉ, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer browned squash to a bowl, then heat remaining tablespoon oil and sautรฉ remaining squash in same manner. Return squash in bowl to skillet.

  3. Add garlic and sautรฉ, stirring occasionally, 1 minute.

  4. Add water, salt, and pepper and simmer briskly, covered, until squash is tender and most of liquid is evaporated, 6 to 7 minutes.

  5. Stir in basil.