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Makeover Summer Squash Casserole Recipe

Makeover Summer Squash Casserole Recipe

With a buttery cracker topping and lots of cheese, this lightened up classic casserole from Lisa Eldridge of Topeka, Kansas makes a guilt-free side dish at any meal. "I got the original recipe from a friend," Lisa notes. "And it is excellent."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 reduced-fat butter-flavored crackers, crushed

Directions

  • 1. Place squash in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; add 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.
  • 2. In a large nonstick skillet, saute onions in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Add squash; stir gently to combine. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, eggs, egg whites, milk, cheese, salt and pepper. Pour over squash mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes.
  • 4. Melt remaining butter; toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole; bake 5 minutes longer or until crumbs are golden brown and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 210 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 95 mg cholesterol, 310 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein.