Cheesy Squash Casserole

4.75 from 4 votes

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Squash Casserole is a fun, easy way to eat yellow squash. It is quick to whip up and can be used as a delicious side dish, which you could pair with an entree like Mississippi Pot Roast, Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork, or make the casserole your main course for the ultimate comfort food.

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The Cheesy Squash Casserole recipe is a perfect way to use up summer squash. It’s also an easy, quick recipe so what’s not to love?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Delicious Flavor: The combination of sautéed squash, onions, and crunchy topping creates a delightful mix of flavors and textures.
  • Easy Preparation: This recipe is incredibly straightforward, making it perfect for both beginners and experienced cooks. It’s a hassle-free way to make a satisfying dish.
  • Use of Summer Squash: It’s an excellent way to make the most of your summer squash harvest, ensuring none of it goes to waste.

Recipe Ingredients:

cutting board of ingredients for the squash casserole recipe consisting of summer squash cheese butter eggs onion crackers and a measuring cup of cream
  • Yellow squash: the base and star of the recipe!
  • Onion: this adds flavor and texture to the casserole
  • Butter: always a good option in my opinion, you’ll cook the squash and onions in it and then it adds to the creaminess in the casserole
  • Eggs: I use these to help thicken the casserole and they give it a nice thick custard
  • Milk: this helps to give it that great custardy/eggy texture
  • Seasonings: salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper are what I used to give this dish some flavor.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese: cheese adds flavor and creaminess to the baked dish
  • Buttery round crackers (such as Ritz): you are going to crush these up and put them on top and when they bake they make the most delicious crust on the top of the casserole, the crackers are so good with all of the other creamy aspects of the dish

See recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities

  1. You can use whatever squash you have on hand or prefer, but could also substitute zucchini.
  2. Experiment with different types of cheese like cheddar, mozzarella, or gruyere to change the flavor profile.
  3. Substitute dairy milk with almond milk, soy milk, or even buttermilk for a unique twist.
  4. Swap out Ritz crackers for breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed potato chips for a different crunch.
  5. Include cooked bacon bits or diced ham to make it heartier and more protein-packed.

How To Make Squash Casserole:

photo of a blue spotted baking dish with crumbly topped yellow squash casserole with one piece missing
  • Sauté the onions and squash in the butter to help get some of the moisture out of the vegetables. You don’t want a soupy casserole!
  • Add the milk, eggs, seasoning, and cheese to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Add the cooked squash into a greased pan, and then pour the egg mixture on top. Top the dish with crushed crackers and bake.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I freeze squash casserole?

Squash casserole is a great candidate to make ahead and freeze. Make the casserole according to the instructions but don’t top with the ritz crackers or bake it. Cover the casserole in foil or a tight plastic wrap for optimal freshness. When you are ready to eat the frozen casserole, I suggest letting it thaw the night before in the refrigerator. And don’t forget to top with the ritz crackers before baking!

How do you keep squash casserole from getting watery?

This is why we cook the squash and onion together in the skillet before adding it to the casserole, it helps to remove extra water from the vegetables. Constantly stir the squash to try and cook until the moisture cooks off.

Do you peel yellow squash before cooking?

You don’t need to peel yellow squash prior to cooking because the skin is soft and will continue to get more soft as it is cooked, and will be fine to eat.

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4.75 from 4 votes

Cheesy Squash Casserole

This squash casserole is made with sliced yellow summer squash and onions that are cooked in an egg and cheese filling with a Ritz cracker topping. 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

  • 2 or 3 medium yellow squash, 4 cups sliced
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk, I used whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 sleeve buttery round crackers, such as Ritz, about 30 crackers

Instructions 

  • Prepare a 9×13 inch baking dish by spraying it well with cooking spray or buttering it well. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare the yellow squash by washing it up, trimming the ends and slicing it 1/4 inch thick. If it’s quiet big you can slice the squash in half, end to end, and remove the seeds before slicing. They can get pretty tough if they squash is big.
  • Chop the onion or cut it into thin slices.
  • In a large skillet heat the butter over medium to medium-high heat and add the squash and onion. Cook until the squash is just tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the squash is cooking add the eggs, milk, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper if using, and black pepper and stir well to combine (I like to whisk it all together with a fork).
  • Add the cheese to the egg mixture and stir to combine.
  • Crush the crackers so that they are fine crumbs.
  • When the squash is done spread it evenly in the bottom of your prepared pan.
  • Pour the egg mixture evenly over the squash.
  • Top with an even layer of the crushed cracker crumbs.
  • Bake for 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center doesn’t jiggly or slosh when you shake the pan a little.
  • Allow the dish to rest for 5 minutes before serving hot or warm.

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Notes

You can use just about any summer squash that you’d like for this recipe such as yellow squash, crookneck squash, zucchini, patty pans, or a mix between them. They all work great. If working with really large squash it’s best to peel the outsides and remove the seeds from the insides before slicing to improve the texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 12 servings, Calories: 104kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 4.6g, Fat: 8.4g, Cholesterol: 52.5mg, Sodium: 190.8mg
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  1. 5 stars
    After chatting back and forth with you on IG I needed this! I didn’t have yellow squash but I did have zucchini. This turned out so delicious! When I visit my mom In Alabama squash casserole is a weekly special at one of the restaurants they frequently visit. When we go I always go on squash casserole night! It’s so good.Your recipe was just as delicious! And my veggie hating hubby ate 2 servings! I can’t believe I’ve never made this myself. This will be going into my rotation.

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