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Ground Beef Summer Squash Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 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 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


  • 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 11x7-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.

Recipe Note

Prepare Summer Squash Bake up to 24 hours in advance, cover and chill. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 480 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1037mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.

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LadyMaia User ID: 800015 43539
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"I made a couple of small changes. I used a Mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar and butter crackers instead of butter and bread crumbs. It was very good!"

DenverMamma User ID: 7353380 29106
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?"

DrPamW User ID: 6340314 203937
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."

Granny1944 User ID: 6142598 34083
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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