Cheesy Squash Bake

Cheesy Squash Bake

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Cheesy Squash Bake is perfect when you have a lot of squash in your garden. The squash is baked until tender with onion, green peppers, and garlic, and is then topped with a seasoned cracker crumb and melted cheese. It’s makes a delicious side dish to serve with your favorite grilled meats.

Serve Cheesy Squash in Pretty Casserole Dish - Pioneer Woman Casserole

Back when our daughters were young, my husband and I planted a huge garden with corn, green beans, potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, cantaloupe, peppers, cucumbers. And yes, zucchini and squash! Once those little squash plants became big, we had squash coming out of our ears! We were always looking for ways to use them.

(Post modified with new photos on 7/16/22.)

Shopping for Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Now I buy squash at the grocery store. When shopping for specimens, opt for small ones, with no withering and as few marks as possible. Smaller means less seeds, which means less waste. It also means tender.

 

Ingredients Needed for Cheesy Squash Bake

See full recipe in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

  • small yellow squash, sliced
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • large yellow onion
  • large green bell pepper
  • hot pepper (poblano or jalapeno)
  • garlic
  • seasoned salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • crushed saltine crackers
  • butter, melted
  • dried parsley
  • cheddar cheese

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a medium glass or porcelain baking dish with cooking spray.

 

Prepare the Vegetables

Slicing the Yellow Squash

Using a Chef’s knife and cutting board, slice the squash in half lengthwise and then cut into 1/2″ pieces.

Dice the yellow onion, green bell pepper, and hot pepper. Mince the garlic.

I like to use a Poblano hot pepper in this dish, but if you prefer a bit more heat, you might want to use a Jalapeno pepper. 

 

Prepare the Topping

Place saltine crackers in a freezer bag and crush until it makes course crumbs.

A rolling pin works really well to crush crackers or cookies. Crush until the crackers have reached the desired consistency of a course crumb or to a fine meal.

Baked Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Crackers

The last time I made this dish, I used some leftover Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Crackers that I had in my pantry. These worked really well and added extra flavor to the dish. 

Heat the butter in a microwave-safe bowl at 10-15 second intervals, until melted.

Using a box grater, shred the cheddar cheese.

As mentioned in other recipes, I always recommend shredding your own cheese. I will buy chunk cheese in bulk when it’s on sale at the grocery store and then freeze the excess. Frozen cheese may not shred as well, but the taste of the cheese will not change. Chunk cheese melts better than pre shredded. And it has less additives, which is always better. Buy chunk.

 

Assemble the Casserole

Lay the sliced squash on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Place the dish in the microwave and cook for 4-6 minutes until crisp-tender. Remove from microwave.

Meanwhile, heat a small skillet with olive oil. Saute the diced yellow onion, green bell pepper, hot pepper, and minced garlic until tender.

Assembling the Casserole

Spoon this mixture over the par-cooked squash. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper.

In a small bowl, combine the crushed saltines, melted butter, and dried parsley. Mix well and sprinkle over the sauted vegetables.

Topping the Casserole with Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the casserole.

Return to the oven and continue baking for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and is bubbly brown.

This recipe will serve 4-6 people.

Serve Cheesy Squash as a Delicious Summer Side Dish

Serve this side dish with Creamy Garlic Chicken, Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce, or Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.

See more Side Dishes Here.  Browse Squash and Zucchini Recipes Here. 

 

Recipe for Cheesy Squash Bake

Cheesy Squash Bake

Here's a recipe to use when you have a lot of squash in your garden. Enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Dishes, Cheddar Cheese, Green Bell Peppers, Poblano Peppers, Squash
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Cutting Board
Knife Set
Cuisinart Cookware
CorningWare Set

Ingredients

The Topping

  • 1 cup saltine crackers crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. 
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a medium glass or porcelain baking dish with cooking spray.

Prepare the Vegetables

  • Using a Chef's knife and cutting board, slice the squash in half lengthwise and then cut into 1/2" pieces. 
    Dice the yellow onion, green bell pepper, and hot pepper. Mince the garlic.

Prepare the Topping Ingredients

  • Place saltine crackers in a freezer bag and crush until it makes course crumbs.
    Heat the butter in a microwave-safe bowl at 10-15 second intervals, until melted.
    Using a box grater, shred the cheddar cheese. 

Assembling the Casserole

  • Lay the sliced squash on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Place the dish in the microwave and cook for 4-6 minutes until crisp-tender. Remove from microwave.
  • Meanwhile, heat a small skillet with olive oil. Saute the diced yellow onion, green bell pepper, hot pepper, and minced garlic until tender.
  • Spoon this mixture over the par-cooked squash. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the crushed saltines, melted butter, and dried parsley. Mix well and sprinkle over the sauted vegetables.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the casserole. 
  • Return to the oven and continue baking for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and is lightly brown. Serves 4-6.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated all recipes on the site use salted butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 742IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg
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