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Creamy Butternut Squash Bake Recipe

Creamy Butternut Squash Bake Recipe

For a side dish with harvesttime appeal, you can't go wrong with this savory squash bake. It's creamy, comforting and looks pretty, too, thanks to the rich yellow butternut squash and golden crumb topping. -Bertha Johnson, Indianapolis, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup crushed saltines (about 8 crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. Place squash in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until very tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl; mash squash.
  • 2. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, onion, egg, sugar, salt and pepper; add to the squash and mix well.
  • 3. Transfer to a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Combine the cracker crumbs, cheese and butter; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through and top is golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 245 calories, 18g fat (4g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Creamy Butternut Squash Bake

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sjpoor User ID: 2565047 240425
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Made this with 2 pounds of butternut squash. I steamed the cut up pieces for about 15 minutes or until soft enough to whip. Put them back in the pan with 1/2 large chopped onion that I had sauteed. Added a bit more mayonnaise and the other ingredients and whipped until blended. It tasted a bit too blah so added 1 tablespoon of creamed Horseradish sauce. That really added the zip it needed. Covered the blend with crushed crackers that I had sauteed in about 2 Tablespoons butter. Will definitely make this again."

alisha103 User ID: 4407484 240055
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"I make this at least once a year, but generally more. It's AMAZING. I totally agree on sauteing the onions first. This year I needed to make a larger dish, but didn't have enough butternut squash on hand... so I cooked a couple cups of chickpeas and carrots until soft and pureed them in my food processor and added it to the squash. Still perfect!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 72823
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"Liked this very much, because sometimes you get sick of the squash bakes full of brown sugar and crispy rice toppings. However, I didn't really like the onions (I saut?ed them first) or the parmesan on top, would stick to only the crackers for topping. Very mild squash flavour, nice for a change!"

readerboehm User ID: 6544934 71856
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"Have made this recipe several times. I saute my onion, use light mayo and the round buttery type of crackers for the top( have made with saltines but prefer the other)."

Michels User ID: 7343076 30185
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"This dish is awesome - i did sautee the onions which i'm sure is the best - they weren't crunchy nor were they to strong. However i got a few comments wondering what the dish was, although they all really liked it quite a few thought it was eggs! It definitely does not have a strong butternut squash flavor - if that's what your looking for."

gardenerbowler User ID: 728617 70329
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"Just made this recipe again for maybe the 10th time. Love it still. I did do 2 things differently. I sauteed the onions first and I omitted the sugar (by accident). Still good. I give out the recipe to friends so they can try it. It will be in my recipe box forever."

Carolina Cooker User ID: 5317601 30184
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"This is a great way to enjoy butternut squash! Decrease to 1/3 cup onions if you don't want a strong flavor in the dish. I substituted Ritz which added to the buttery flavor of the topping. Nice autumn side dish for a meal."

gardenerbowler User ID: 728617 70327
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I love butternut squash and this recipe makes it even better tasting. I've been making it for about 10 yrs. I have even converted the local farmer(who hated this squash) when I made it for him and gave him the recipe. I have it cooking right now as I write this. I don't change a thing. Love it just as it is. Thanks. Eat this all year round if I could."

pbeckaz User ID: 1726652 50429
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"This recipe would be better without the onions"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 21461
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I made this casserole again tonight and I used 1 package of frozen cooked squash sine it's just for my Mom & me. Tonight, instead of using shredded carrots, I finely diced 4 red Bliss potatoes(skins on), along with the squash. Whenever I have a chance, I turn to this recipe an it's so delicious! Thank you for sharing this, Bertha Johnson! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 74881
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"I've made this bake quite a few times already! I admit that I DID make some adjustments to it as it's just my mother & myself, but on the whole, I kept the recipe in its basic format! I DID add about 1-1/2 cups grated carrots and I used 1 chopped

onion. Instead of using cracker crumbs, I used Italian bread crumbs for the topping-about 2 Tbsp. I used the Parmesan cheese
for the first time today & I guarantee it's delicious! My mother really likes this casserole, too! It's become a favorite in our house to prepare! I also used just one packagage of frozen cooked squash since it's just the 2 of us and it made a nice dish for 4 to 6 servings! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

asableski User ID: 4757486 88695
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I love this dish, been making it for years just the way it is."

MY REVIEW User ID: 370481 35045
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I didn't want any of the brown sugar, mapley syrup, sweet stuff. Even my 4-year old greatgrandson loved it."

MY REVIEW User ID: 370481 28003
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I didn't want any of the brown sugar, mapley syrup, sweet stuff. Even my 4-year old greatgrandson loved it."

chevywoman2003 User ID: 5629639 71821
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"i made this last Thanksgiving and it was good but i would leave out the onions!"

sbreinhardt User ID: 5001368 71761
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"I personally do not think Mayonnaise and Squash go good together at all..."

bigedebbdoo User ID: 4072584 70324
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Made this for Thanksgiving this year(2010) for something new. I loved it! I used ritz crackers instead of saltines and sauted the onions. My lil guys 3 and 5 were a little picky, but all the rest of the family loved it."

Jenagain User ID: 5631965 50426
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"I've been making this recipe for about four years. It's a Thanksgiving staple in my family, and it's one I love to take to our potluck at work, too. I find that if the onions are chopped finely enough, they're not overwhelming. That said, I do prefer to sautee them."

katieleigh3508 User ID: 4885329 59899
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"Call me picky but I was hesitant to bake squash for dinner. This recipe was delicious though! I used light mayo and it tastes just fine. I might saute the onions with a little garlic next time."

kcull User ID: 4509678 59869
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"I made this last night and I loved the flavor. I admit, there was a strong onion flavor, but not overwhelming. After reading more of the reviews, I will try adding more squash, eliminating the sugar and using low fat mayo to bring the fat/caloric content down and boost the "healthy" factor."

chunkyandfunky User ID: 2518781 59867
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"This is easy to make and tastes good! I've never had issues with the onions. I really like having a butternut squash recipe in my collection that isn't sweet. :)"

Alyx930 User ID: 1832364 25679
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"I just made this tonight & the flavor of onion was overwhelming! Is it posssible the onions should be cooked first before adding to casserole? The recipe does not indicate. My result was a beautifully cooked nice looking casserole with the onions within still raw! Some of you did indicate that you sauted onions & the recipe was better. Will try again doing so before passing judgement. But really, whomever created this recipe should make an indication as to what to do. I ended up throwing it away."

AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 36348
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"This was really good! I did tweak it to enhance the nutrition and taste. I did saute the onions as suggested by other reviewers, I doubled the squash to lower calories and get more veggie taste, and I used reduced fat mayo to cut calories again. A keeper for sure."

43kojo43 User ID: 1094609 26807
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"I love this recipe, I have been making this recipe for about 2 yrs. I tell all my friends about it and it is even better the second day."

misty0300 User ID: 36186 203314
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"Forgot to add that I saute the onions before adding them to the squash, and I think the recipe is much better that way."

misty0300 User ID: 36186 26806
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"Very good. Made this one many times too."

galtlori User ID: 4076049 26805
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"I omited the sugar and it was still great. Everyone loved it. Great alternative to sweet butternut squash recipes. I'm going to make it again for Thanksgiving."

mom23kids User ID: 3946374 74879
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"Next time I'll try and saute the onions a bit before adding to the squash. The flavour was wonderful"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 35043
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2009

"This was a big hit at Christmas dinner! It's easy to make and doesn't require much time which is also a plus during the busy holidays. It'll be a permanent dish at our Christmas table."

hollyez User ID: 3350271 21458
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"This was delicious!!! We made this for our Christmas dinner and it was WONDERFUL! Normaly I just mash the butternut squash with butter, cream, and sugar. So I was a little worried about a "savory" butternut recipe. But it was sooooo good. Everyone at the table loved it and it was a great side dish to the Brisket we made. Thank you taste of home!"

rapelkola User ID: 2569124 35040
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2008

"Re: Butternut Squash Bake- My fiance and I both thought this recipe was too egg-y and mushy. Sorry!"

cwickern User ID: 3208987 59147
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008 Edited Oct. 11, 2008


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