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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. Yield: 6-8 servings.
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.
Originally published as Butternut Squash Bake in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p27

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.

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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."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"A friend's husband brought this to my dinner and I loved it. Even the grandkids and my son who hate squash loved it. I doubled the top."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Amazing Amazing! We have used this since Taste of Home pulblished it! It's a family favorite, so much that this Thanksgiving I had to make 6 batches so family could take it home! It will turn the squash hater into a squash "I gotta have more" lover. Making this for years I've discovered the reason for the some times runny dishes, its all in how its drained. Drain all liquid off cooked squash, that way you will get an even custard consistency! And always use fresh squash or fresh that has been peeled and chopped then frozen. Best recipe by far!"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2013

"My son actually liked it. 'Nuff said."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"Yummy! Mine was a little soupy, but that was probably some fault of mine. I used raisin bran for the cereal topping, was great! Will definatly make again and again!"

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