Recipe: Baked Squash Casserole with Cheese and Bread Crumbs

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A Family Favorite

Guaranteed to get your children to eat their vegetables. This cheesy squash casserole is a long time favorite of my family. I cook this for holiday, Sundays and with special meals. It is a rich and tasty side dish with pork, chicken, and beef. When made with healthy and natural ingredients, this recipe can be as nourishing as it is tasty.

5 stars from 8 ratings of Baked Squash Casserole

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 6 people one cup each
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Ingredients

  • 4 Cups (About 6) Yellow Squash, Sliced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic, Chopped Fine
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 1/2 Cups Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon Each Salt and Pepper
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  1. Heat 3 of the 4 tablespoons of butter in frying pan on medium heat until it sizzles.
  2. Add diced onion and garlic to the heated butter and cook over medium heat until tender and the onions are transparent. Stir frequently.
  3. Slowly add sliced squash to the pan. Season each layer with salt and pepper. Cover the pan with a tight lid and keep heat on medium. Allow squash to cook for 10 minutes. Uncover and stir to make sure all squash are cooked evenly.
  4. Continue cooking squash in the covered frying pan for another 10 minutes until it is soft.
  5. While the squash is cooking, prepare the remaining ingredients. Combine the sour cream and cheddar cheese in a large bowl until mixed thouroughly.
  6. When squash is finished, transfer it to a collander and squeeze all the water and butter out. Pat it dry with a paper towel.
  7. Transfer the drained squash to the mixture of sour cream and cheddar cheese. Mix well, but don't overmix and tear the squash. For extra flavor, you can add parmesean cheese during this step.
  8. Pour the cheese, sour cream and squash mix into a lightly greased 9 x 12" pan. Spread it out evenly with a spoon.
  9. Mix breadcrumbs, remaining tablespoon of butter (melted), and salt and pepper (and any of your other favorite seasonings) in a small bowl. Cut melted butter into the mix with a fork. By making sure all breadcrumbs are saturated with butter, the crumbs will not burn. Spoon breadcrumb mix on the top of the squash casserole.
  10. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. When it is done, take the pan out, remove the foil and allow the casserole and breadcrumbs to brown on the top for an additional 5 minutes. ENJOY!

To cut fat and calories:

A healthier version of this recipe can be made by using low fat ingredients such as light sour cream, reduced calorie bread crumbs, and low fat cheese. While margarine can be used as a replacement, I do not avocate the use of margarine because it is not a natural ingredient. The chemical composition of margarine is very similar to the composition of plastic. For this recipie, I used pasture fed butter which means that the cows providing the milk were fed on natural grasses and not grain and hormones.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6
Calories 120
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 8 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Facts About Squash:

-A squash is a gourd, but it has more characteristics of a fruit than a vegetable.


-The smaller the squash is, the more flavor it will have.


-Most of the nutrients of the squash is in its skin. It is always best to keep the skin on the squash for the best nutritional value.


-The name "squash" is the Native American word for "something eaten raw."

Suggested Menu:

Menu One:

Baked Honey Glazed Ham

Squash Casserole

Seasoned Green Beans

Fresh Biscuits

Iced Tea


 
 

Menu Two:

Pork Tenderloin

Squash Casserole

Green Salad with Walnuts and Cranberries

Dinner Rolls

 

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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I'm not that fond of squash but you made it look so yummy, maybe I might just try out this recipe, and so I'll definitely bookmark it for potential usage.

Thanks Tammy for sharing your cool new recipe hub here with us all and good luck! on winning this cool contest if its an entry.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm just here to support one of my favorite Hubbers. I wouldn't touch squash with a ten foot pole but I have no doubt your recipe is delicious for those who like squash. Great job and best of luck in the recipe contest. :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Mamma mia! Eccooo! Madonna! I felt as though I was waiting for this recipe to be served right away. Squash is a complete nutrient, and garlic is superb with anything. Onions cannot be replaced; good for circulation and a better body. This is a winner hub. Well done and the pics pop out on my face. Anything to drink with this dish?

LORD

P.S I was beat by Billy..again?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I don't eat a lot of squash but I have to try your recipe. I'll save it by pinning it so that I can find it for Thanksgiving this year. Looks great!


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Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

mmm - sounds lovely! We have just planted out this year's butternut squash plants in the garden, so will save this recipe for future use.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Tammy this looks scrumptious! I love squash and used to grow it in my garden. I have cooked it many ways but I can't wait to try this casserole! Yum! Even the kids like squash because it's kind of sweet...so good!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks CloudExplorer. I love all kinds of squash. If you put enough cheese on something, it is usually edible.. :P Thanks for reading and commenting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Really billybuc? Squash is soooo good. I love it fried too. I appreciate the visit despite your feelings for this wonderful vegetable.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Lord, I am glad someone can appreciate how wonderful squash can be. This is a great side dish. White wine goes well with this dish. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Just Ask Susan! I appreciate your comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for commenting Imogen! There is nothing better than fresh homegrown squash. I appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

It is wonderful Realhousewife. My kids have always liked squash too.. and fried zuccinni in beer batter. Mmmm.. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment.


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KevinMillican 4 years ago from Stilwell, OK

Is this your first recipe hub? If so, you did an awesome job at it! Really like the extras you threw in, such as facts on squash and menu ideas (which you could write other hubs on).


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This looks like a great way to yellow squash and this is the best time of year to buy squash. Thanks for this recipe as I know my family will love it.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

We eat a lot of yellow squash but never thought to turn it into a casserole. I'll forward this recipe to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

It is KevinMillican. I am not a foodie but I thought I would try it. I appreciate your visit and kind words.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Pamela99!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

It is wonderful Alocsin. I hope you enjoy it!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Tammy this recipe is similar to what my mother makes and I love it! We usually only have it in the fall but my garden will be producing squash soon so I'll try it then. Voted up! Kelley


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molometer 4 years ago

I love all squashes and this recipe for baked squash casserole with cheese and breadcrumbs is right up my street.

I will be giving this a try forthwith.

All the appropriate votes and sharing socially.


Wilbart26 4 years ago

OMG! This is exactly the kind of food that I wanted. Thanks for this, I will definitely try this one later... OMG! OMG! OMG! I like cheese, I like squash, and I love to eat! Thank you. 5 star rating.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I've made squash casserole before, but this recipe looks better than mine. I'm going to have to try it! Yummy!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

oops, I think you have a typo in the ingredients capsule - I'm sure you meant to say 1 1/2 'cups' of seasoned bred crumbs instead of 1 1/2 actual bread crumbs, LOL. That just wouldn't do.

I was looking for more ways to prepare vegetables. Bob will eat anything with garlic and cheese in it. Why didn't I think of this before? I'll be trying this next week for sure.

Good luck in the contest, but I hope I win something this month too!


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Yum, will have to try your recipe. And I did not know your tip that smaller squash are more flavorful.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Kelleyward. It is a wonderful side dish. I appreciate your visit!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Molometer. This is really good and if you like squash, you will like this. Thanks for the read and share.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Wilbart26. I am glad someone is so enthusiastic about squash. That is how I feel about it too. Thanks for stopping by.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Victoria Lynn! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Austinstar. I will fix that. I will have to visit your recipe hubs too. I hope we both get some cash. :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Who knew Frogyfish? Big squash may produce more, but they can be bland.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Totally different and it sounds delicious! up and voted, thanks for Sharing!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Nell Rose. I appreciate your visit.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

A great sneaking way to get healthy veg into the diet of your family!

Shared, tweeted and useful.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This looks great! My family loves squash, any kind, lol! I have to give it a try. Love the menu suggestions. Thanks for SHARING.....


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anupma 4 years ago from India

Yummy, it will be great in taste and healthy too. I will certainly cook.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oooh, I haven't had squash casserole in years. Thanks for the great recipe. Your photos and layout are wonderful too. After this HP cooking contest, some Hubbers might end up on the Cooking Network!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

I've been looking for this! Thanks for publishing it. I'm putting it on the menu for tomorrow.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

A mom must be resourceful above all things Brett. Tesol. :) Thanks so much!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

This is great La Thing. It goes fast. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks anupma! I appreciate your comment!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Hypenbird. We have such a wonderful group of cooks here on Hubpages. Makes me wonder if Hubpages will publish a cook book. Recipe hubs take more work than I ever guessed but they are fun to do. It is good to see you.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I hope you enjoy it Cyndi10. It is a favorite in my house. Thanks for stopping by!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Yum! This sounds so delicious and looks great. I love squash and here I was just making it with tomato sauce. This is definitely accompanying my next meal.Thanks for sharing and passing this on.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I haven't even thought of squash in ages. I just sort of forgot how much I enjoy it. I'll be sure and try this recipe. Many thanks for giving us this great way to prepare squash. I wish we had a vote UP option here, but I'll give it a good rating!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Gypsy Rose Lee. Now you are making me hungry. I bet squash is good with tomato sauce. That would be a great recipe hub.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Mary615! I appreciate your comment.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I love squash and you gave me another opportunity to make it :)

thanks tammy...i liked the version with walnuts. will give it a try. voted up and sharing it across


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I don't eat so much squash but this recipe sounds really tasty. I like the different menu tips also! Thanks for sharing

Tina


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Ruchira. This is some wonderful comfort food!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading thoughtforce.


ElleBee 4 years ago

This looks delicious! I have some squash in the fridge and i'll have to try it soon.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Ellebee! :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I eat a lot of squash--and this looks yummy!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting AudreyHowitt. I love all kinds of squash too.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

This looks like my favorite squash casserole recipe! Easy and nutritious! Voted you up, useful, and gave you another 5-star vote too. Will share this hub with my followers!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Au Fait! This is a great recipe for comfort food. I appreciate that.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

this looks wonderful... I will be making this.. and saving

Debbie


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Miss Debbie. I looove comfort food. I appreciate your visit.


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This really does look tasty, and I like the way you have illustrated the recipe with your own photos.

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

This is a wonderful comfort dish. Thanks for reading and sharing 2 patricias!


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Tamigl 4 years ago from Upper Marlboro. MD

I LOVE squash casserole!!!! I can't wait to try your variation.

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