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Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

Creamy, cheesy and soft as a cloud with a delightful crunchy top crust. This Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole is like the one your favorite Aunt always brought to family reunions! 

a photo showing a spatula full of the Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

squash casserole

Why This Recipe For Squash Casserole Works

  • EASY!
  • You probably already have the ingredients in the pantry
  • That reliable taste of squash, buttery crackers and fluffy cheese! YUM!
  • Preparations for squash casserole take less than 20 minutes! 

Let’s See How to Make an Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

STEP 1. 

Find some beautiful smaller yellow squash for squash casserole.

Two yellow squash sitting on a stone counter with cast iron pan lid

Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

STEP 2. 

Grate half of the squash and cut the rest into bite sized disk quarters

The two yellow squash grated and chopped with grater in background sitting on cutting board

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STEP 3. 

Saute the squash to remove as much water as possible

A photo of the grated and sliced squash cooking in the pan to get the water out

The squash cooking in the pan – getting the water out.

STEP 4. 

Mix the other ingredients together in a bowl, then mix the squash in an pour everything into a prepared casserole dish

The raw casserole ingredients being poured from green bowl to prepared casserole pan

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STEP 5. 

Add the cracker crumb top and bake! Serve WARM! YUMMM! 

A photo showing a baking pan full of Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

squash casserole

 

I KNOW You Love Squash Recipes? 

How To Cook Yellow Squash on the Stove

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

How to Cook Zucchini on the Stove

Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

HOW DO YOU COOK YELLOW SQUASH IN THE OVEN?

Simply follow the directions in this recipe for squash casserole.

Why Do I Have To Pre Cook the Squash?

Squash are sometimes FULL of water. Precooking them helps to remove that water. If you don’t, your casserole runs the risk of being soupy!

How Do I PreCook the Squash?

In this recipe for squash casserole, I recommend a saute, but feel free to cook them in the oven, microwave or whatever method you prefer. 

The main idea is to just get the water out. 

IS YELLOW SQUASH A SUMMER SQUASH?

You guessed it, yellow squash are a summer squash.  Another favorite summer squash is zucchini. (For everyone but Mr. Loaves and Dishes).

There’s all KINDS of interesting information out there about squash just check your search engine! Wow.

Some of the best things you can combine with any cooked squash?

  • Yummy cheeses – like the cheese found here (Parm and sharp cheddar cheese).
  • Fresh herbs – Thyme is added in this dish but basil is also great with summer squashes.
  • Garlic – universally works well with summer squash.
  • Melted Butter – it works with squash!

Winter squashes are butternut squash, acorn squash and pumpkins.  Those have a different flavor profile. So, we won’t cover that here.

How Long Does Squash Casserole Last? 

This casserole will last 5 days if kept covered in the fridge. 

Do not allow this to sit out for more than 2 hours. 

Can I Freeze Easy Cheesy Squash Casserole?

Yes, you CAN freeze it. Cover with high quality freezer safe wrap and then freeze for up to 3 months. You may notice a slight change in consistency on thawing. 

What Do I Serve With Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole? 

This dish would make a perfect meal alongside some Ham, Green Beans with Bacon and a little cornbread

TIPS & TRICKS for Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

BASICS: 

  • Choose young small brightly colored yellow squash with smooth skin. If you notice bad places, if they are huge or if the skin is starting to wrinkle then move along. Don’t choose squash that are soft when you squeeze them. 
  • When you precook your squash, sometimes water comes out and sometimes it doesn’t. No worries, both are normal. 
  • The cheese you choose for this dish makes ALL the difference for squash casserole!  Choose a flavorful LOUD cheese. Something like “Helluva” brand or “Cabots” are always good choices.
  • If you aren’t someone who loves garlic or thyme – I’m wondering why – but anyway – you can always just skip those two ingredients. They both add FLAVOR and that is what we are all about here at Loaves and Dishes!
  • Use a lightly greased baking dish or one sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Always remember to use salt and pepper!

KEEPING THIS RECIPE

  • You CAN halve this recipe and it will serve two people very well for a couple of meals.
  • I have a friend who freezes this recipe and says it is fine – but when I have tried it – it gets soupy. 
  • On the other hand – I think squash casserole is good for ANY meal – even breakfast. So, eat it three times a day and you should be able to eat it all before it goes bad.
  • Keeps for several days in the fridge. Say whoa by 1 week though. You’ll be sick of it by that time anyway.
  • Invite friends over to share in the bounty!
  • You CAN divide this between several smaller baking dishes and give the others away!
  • This dish will save for at least 2 days mixed up and ready to bake. Makes it perfect for a dinner where you need something prepared ahead of time.

PRO STUFF

PRO TIP:  For an interesting twist on squash casserole, try changing up the upper crust topping with other crunchy options like canned fried onions, potato chips, other types of crackers, etc. Let your imagination run wild! You can also try other seasonings like Old Bay, Italian Seasoning, etc.

Pro Tip:  You can use frozen pre-chopped onions in this recipe, I did – great time saver!

Pro Tip:  You can use your meat tenderizer to gently smash the crackers while they are in the cracker sleeve (put them in the bowl first) and then you can simply open the sleeve and cracker crumbs slide out!

Tip from The Pro:  Always season with salt!

 

hand scooping a spoonful of squash casserole from a white plate

squash casserole

Interested in MORE Squash Recipes and other Casseroles?

Check out…

How To Cook Yellow Squash on the Stove

How to Cook Zucchini on the Stove

Butternut Squash Soup

Or how about one of these side dish

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A photo showing a baking pan full of Easy Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

Easy Cheesy Squash Casserole Recipe

This squash casserole is the delicious one you remember from your childhood.  Remember?  The only one that you would eat? 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: squash casserole, cheesy squash casserole
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic - minced
  • 2 lbs yellow squash the smaller the better - Grate ½ the squash and slice and cut the rest into quarters.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup or mushroom or celery
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Cups white or yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup American cheese food
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup of crushed butter crackers like Ritz (about 1 sleeve)
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan cheese - grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbs melted real butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Chop the onion, mince the garlic, grate and slice the squash, grate the cheese and crush the crackers.
  • Prepare a 9x12 baking dish with non stick spray.
  • On the stovetop over medium heat in a large skillet, heat the onion and cook till translucent then add the garlic and cook until fragrant - about 1 minute.
  • Add the squash and salt. Stir well and Add the lid and allow the squash to steam in their own juices. Keep cooking the squash until you can tell that water has been released from the squash and the squash are soft. Remove the lid and continue cooking until the water evaporates from the pan. Then remove from the heat and let rest.
  • In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, cheese and eggs and stir well.
  • Once the squash have cooled somel, mix them into the soup mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Spread the mixture into the baking dish.
  • Bake the squash at 350 for 25 minutes
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix the crushed crackers, parmesan, thyme and butter. After the squash has baked for 25 minutes, remove it from the oven and sprinkle the cracker crumb mixture on the top. Put back in the oven and bake for another 20 minutes.

Notes

  • Choose young small brightly colored yellow squash with smooth skin.  If you notice bad places, if they are huge or if the skin is starting to wrinkle then move along.  Don't choose squash that are soft when you squeeze them. 
  • When you precook your squash, sometimes water comes out and sometimes it doesn't.  No worries, both are normal. 
  • The cheese you choose for this dish makes ALL the difference.  Choose a flavorful LOUD cheese.  Something like "Helluva" brand or "Cabots" are always good choices. 
PRO TIP:  For an interesting twist, try changing up the upper crust topping with other crunchy options like canned fried onions, potato chips, other types of crackers, etc.  Let your imagination run wild!  You can also try other seasonings like Old Bay, Italian Seasoning, etc.  
Pro Tip:  You can use frozen pre-chopped onions in this recipe, I did - great time saver!
Pro Tip:  You can use your meat tenderizer to gently smash the crackers while they are in the cracker sleeve (put them in the bowl first) and then you can simply open the sleeve and cracker crumbs slide out!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Squash Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 489mg20%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 560IU11%
Vitamin C 13.6mg16%
Calcium 238mg24%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This post was originally published on Loaves and Dishes in June 9, 2017 and has been updated with “why this recipe works” ,step by step photos, video, more tips, updated recipe steps, more faq’s and MORE! ***

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There are many complaints of “why do we do ______ but don’t care for veterans” “why do we do _____ but not ______” . 

I’m pretty sure Jesus is saying “Take care of people who need taking care of” NOT “don’t take care of this one unless you also take care of that one”.

Matthew 25: 34-40

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 
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 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me

 

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Geraldine Whittaker

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hi Wendi,

Do you have a cookbook....

Wendi Spraker

Monday 12th of August 2019

Hi Geraldine, Thank you for asking. Right now, I don't have a cookbook, but it is something that I am seriously considering. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I encourage you to sign up for the Newsletter, it comes out every friday and I share cooking tips and sometimes recipes that I don't share here on the site. Anyway, the newsletter folks would be the first to know of any cookbook in the works.

Sarah D

Friday 5th of July 2019

I love the name of your website. I also love healthy food that tastes great that is not too time consuming. Thank you for fulfilling all three of these in this delicious soup. It is on the top of my husbands list too !

Wendi Spraker

Friday 5th of July 2019

Hi Sarah, Thanks so much! :)

Jack Messick

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Bring on the squash! With this recipe I’m ready for the summer’s squash glut.

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Hi Jack! I sure hope ya'll enjoy this recipe as much as we do! I JUST made this last week for our family dinner. We GOBBLED it up!

Moxie

Friday 2nd of February 2018

This is the one way that I can eat squash! Love it!

Mary

Saturday 10th of June 2017

This is such a good post. A lesson about life, a fantastic recipe, and lots of tips and tricks! The casserole sounds so good. I love squash anyway you cook it....especially casseroles. Pinned. Enjoy your weekend.

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