Butternut Squash Bake Recipe
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Butternut Squash Bake Recipe

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If I ask our two girls (ages 7 and 14) what to fix for a special meal, this dish is always requested. I discovered this slightly sweet and crunchy-topped casserole at a church dinner about 10 years ago, and now I take it to potluck dinners and come home with an empty dish! -Julie Jahn, Decatur, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mashed cooked butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 291 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir in squash (mixture will be thin).
  2. Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until almost set.
  3. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Return to the oven for 5-10 minutes or until bubbly.
    Freeze option: Bake casserole as directed without adding topping. Cool; cover and freeze. Freeze topping mixture in a resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, partially thaw casserole and topping in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle topping over casserole and bake until bubbly.
    Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Butternut Squash Bake in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p27

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"This was wonderful. I cut the sugar in half, and used non fat evaporated milk."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"I'd looked at this recipe and didn't notice any coconut being called for! I also followed "Measter's" tip and used spices ( 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. each nutmeg and cloves) as I find squash rather bland as a vegetable. I also used quick oats in place of the rice cereal and added 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon to topping. I'd used 1 lb. cooked frozen cubed butternut squash which I'd microwaved for 6 minutes, then mashed."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I have made this delicious squash dish so many times, I couldn't begin to count. There have been many times when guests have wanted to pass on having some ("I don't like squash ") but I have said, "Just try it". Lo & behold, they are soon asking for more.

I often double the recipe, but only use 1/2 cup butter & 1 cup sugar. Also, the doubled recipe turns out just fine with the full can of evaporated milk & extra squash if you have it. This year's bumper crop of butternut squash in our garden will ensure that we will enjoy this side dish many times over the winter!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"I can't count how many times I have made this recipe. If I am using butternut.....this is my go-to recipe. The recipe has been requested from those who have had it at my house. I actually double the recipe and do a 13 X 9 dish. That way a standard size can of evap milk works and I don't have to measure out and have some left back. Depending on the size of my butternut squash. After peeling, cubing and boiling in salted water. I get a 5 to 6 cups yield and I use all and the recipe still comes out fine. I even have made a day or two ahead and refrigerate without baking. And this too helps out with last minute prep when entertaining. As for the topping, I have even served it with marshmallows for a variation. This recipe has never failed me yet. It is definitely a keeper. Actually I have just prepared it for entertaining on Sunday!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"A 5 out of 5 rating is actually an insult for this elegant recipe. I have not only made it with butternut squash but also with sweet potatoes and yams. It is sooooooo versatile. I cut back the sugar 25% and it is still quite sweet. Next time I will cut back 50% and see what happens. My guess is it will still be wonderful. I also skipped the cereal."

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