Easy Cheesy Squash Casserole

My bloggy buddy Sarah from Sarah Learns gave me a larger than life craving for cheesy macaroni and cheese with her Veggie Mac photos.  It’s not fair.  I have serious Veruca Salt syndrome when it comes to food cravings.

“I want it noooooooow!!!”  

The next morning I was on a mission, off to the grocery store to buy a giant bag of cheddar cheese and a small pile of yellow squash.  Since I was already making lasagna for dinner, the veggie mac turned into a impromptu quest to re-create the amazingly memorable squash casserole that I had from the Whole Foods Market hot bar last weekend!  It was epic, trust me.

Easy Cheesy Squash Casserole

Easy Cheesy Squash Casserole
 
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Recipe type: side dish, casserole
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1lb yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped white onions
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese [I used half sharp and half parm]
  • ½ cup of skim milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 6-8 ritz crackers
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • paprika and black pepper to taste
  • adapted from food.com
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix cheeses together and set aside.
  3. Saute squash and onions with 1 tablespoon of olive oil until very tender.
  4. Keeping the lid on the skillet and stirring in intervals will speed up the process.
  5. Once tender, top with cheeses and all remaining ingredients (except for the paprika).
  6. Pour contents into a casserole dish and, if desired, you can top the casserole with a tiny sprinkle of extra cheese... you know I did! I actually topped it with a little bit of Sargento Italian cheese blend and it was a fabulous compliment! Any cheese will work marvelous!
  7. Sprinkle crumbled Ritz crackers on top and sprinkle lightly with paprika for a splash of color and added flavor.
  8. Bake until bubbly and golden brown on top. Approx 20-30 minutes.
 
 
cheesy yellow squash casserole

so… how was it? So stinkin’ good! I liked the chunkiness of the squash and, while tender, it still had a little bit of a al dente mouth feel… which I love! You could also mash the squash if you prefer a different texture profile.  I’m excited to make it a few more times this winter — Yup! It was THAT good that I am already putting it on the menu for next week!  It is super versatile and made a great side dish to my veggie lasagna and spinach tomato salad. 

Craving more squash? You’ve GOT to try this Zucchi au Gratin!

Zucchini au Gratin

Comments

  1. says

    Mmmm, this looks so good! I love butternut squash, but my favorite ever is acorn. Sweet or savory. YUM! Oh and I tried kabocha, but I think I cooked it wrong. Weird texture. So I’m excited to see how you cook it :)

  2. says

    Sounds yum. I am forever trying to find tasty veggie recipes! I practically have to trick my boyfriend into eating vegetables…it’s ridiculous. I think I’ll try this mashed up a bit and see if I can fool him into falling for it.

  3. says

    Dang, this post is making me a hungry hippo!

    “This week I plan on trying butternut and kabocha squash for the first time!” SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEYT GIRL, getcha some! Kabocha is the king of all squash, and I’ve never met a squash I didn’t like!

  4. says

    dang girl, that casserole is what i’m talking about! :) it looks delish & thanks for the shout out!

    also, how have you not tried butternut squash?!? it’s so good – definitely my favorite.

  5. says

    Butternut squash! Love it, I like it with cinnamon and maple syrup!! PB too!

    THis looks good and I love that there are ritz cracker crumbs on top!

    Have a great night love! xoxo

  6. says

    My fave squash is definitely spaghetti squash…I love it with pesto. When I was a kid, the thought of the texture of squash made me gag…now, it’s so fab. I’ve been throwing butternut in my soups lately—it’s got a great texture (says my grown up palate!).

  7. says

    This looks amazing!! I love squash so much. I totally had spaghetti squash AND zucchini for lunch today. Talk about squash overload!

  8. says

    That looks really delicious! Oh, I made the stringy scarf thing today. I love it but little pieces of thread keep coming off onto my clothes. eh you win some you lose some.

  9. says

    I don’t think I could ever not crave a salad. I eat them everyday. I love soup but I have to be careful whats in them if some one else is cooking them for me. I haven’t been there! I’ll have to go sometime soon, and thanks for the tip I have to wait for it to dry before I do pictures. I thought maybe if i washed it in the sink it would help (?) so yeah its drip drying now haha. I’ll do a post and link it back to your original maybe tomorrow….OOH! This is getting long but theres TONS of youtube videos with things you can turn into from old tshirts. Its called threadbanger videos (because people who craft are just so hardcore)

  10. says

    Omg, I absolutely fell in love with the squash casserole from WF’s! I can’t wait to try this!

    My favorite squash is kabocha! It is incomparable to any other squash I’ve ever eaten! You are going to love it!

  11. says

    I might have to try out this recipe! I love anything cheesy!
    Now the trick is getting my child to eat it…hmmm…easier said than done!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. says

    I’m partial to spaghetti squash (with parmesan and nutmeg) but that looks SOOO good! I’m having my own little veruca salt moment now!

  13. says

    Oh wow that looks so delicious! My fave squash is probably butternut… And zucchini and pumpkin and spaghetti ;)

    I looove squash (can you tell?)

    I’m new to your blog but really enjoying it thus far! :)

  14. says

    We grow squash in our garden every year and this looks like a very good recipe. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

  15. says

    This looks so yummy! my guys LUV squash so this will be making it’s way to my table for sure!

    This is my first visit here. Fab blog my friend! I look forward to my next visit.

  16. says

    Looks good!

    I found your site over at Beauty and Bedlam. Come check out my Chocolate Caramel Gooey Bars! So good.

    I also have a LOVE DARE starting today where you can link up (challenge till Valentine’s Day).

    I’m now following you too.

    Love,
    Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

  17. says

    Yum! That looks awesome! I’ll have to save this recipe and try it out this summer when the garden is in full swing!
    Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday!
    Jen

  18. says

    I’m partial to spaghetti squash (with parmesan and nutmeg) but that looks SOOO good! I’m having my own little veruca salt moment now!

  19. says

    Oh wow that looks so delicious! My fave squash is probably butternut… And zucchini and pumpkin and spaghetti ;)

    I looove squash (can you tell?)

    I’m new to your blog but really enjoying it thus far! :)

  20. says

    We grow squash in our garden every year and this looks like a very good recipe. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

  21. says

    Mmmm, this looks so good! I love butternut squash, but my favorite ever is acorn. Sweet or savory. YUM! Oh and I tried kabocha, but I think I cooked it wrong. Weird texture. So I’m excited to see how you cook it :)

  22. Adriana Chapa says

    making squash casserole, green beans casserole and the pumpkin cheese appetizer for tomorrow (thanksgiving) i’m making it ahead of a time to get to the in-laws and just bake it, hope it turns out as good as it smells…. jumjum thank you!!!!

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