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Ground Beef Summer Squash Casserole Recipe

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My daughter, a home economist, serves the garden-fresh casserole at church functions in summer when squash is at its best. It's a good main dish for lunch or dinner.—Rose Duggins, Massie Louisa, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 to 6 medium yellow summer squash, chopped (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1-1/4 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 480 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 1,037 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a skillet, cook beef, squash and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add bread crumbs, salt, pepper and thyme; mix well and set aside. In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter. Stir in the flour and salt until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Stir in cheese until melted. In a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish, layer half of the meat mixture and cheese sauce; repeat layers. Melt the remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over cheese sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Prepare Summer Squash Bake up to 24 hours in advance, cover and chill. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
Originally published as Summer Squash Bake in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p171

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 480 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 1,037 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

Had a ton of squash from the garden and some ground beef in the freezer when I came across this recipe. It was great because all of the ingredients were on hand. I even added some oregano and basil from my garden. When all was said and done, it was so-so in my opinion, but my kids both loved it. Squash is one of the few veggies I can get them to eat and when you combine that with hamburger and cheese, how can you go wrong?

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Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

Thought I would take a chance on what looked a bit odd. Sadly, it tasted odd-bland with weird textures. Save your ingredients.

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Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

I had a similar recipe from 20 years ago, but I lost it. This recipe is even better. I also added pattypan squash, along with the yellow summer squash. Very, very good.

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