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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


  • 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


  • 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 piece: 210 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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NHCook2Live User ID: 6628736 139752
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"Definitely not a healthy recipe, delish!"

RondaKayAdams User ID: 6277908 139749
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"sorry forgot to rate it!! It was delicious!!"

RondaKayAdams User ID: 6277908 89478
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"it was delicious!!"

rmcowan User ID: 6040750 70751
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"I am in the process of making this. Sounds very good. I was wondering if I could freeze this after assembling and bake it later."

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 158614
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"This is a great recipe to use up the abundance of summer squash in a garden. Like another lady, I used part cottage cheese and part cheddar cheese. My family also likes to add cooked sausage (sometimes bulk and sometimes sliced smoked sausage) to this recipe for an all in one dish. Thanks!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 142452
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"This recipe is very good and one my family requests often. I love making it and will do so many more times. It's a keeper, for sure."

cshenry1 User ID: 1180695 207992
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This is a wonderful recipe. Like another reviewer, I didn't want as much cheese in the recipe (due to fat content) so I used about 1 c. of cheddar cheese and 1.5 cups of lowfat cottage cheese. It tastes great!"

palajunkie User ID: 4423797 158612
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"This is a wonderful dish my whole family enjoyed. Even my picky "I don't like veges" kids and grandkids loved it! I used 2 cups of shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese and was still cheesy enough for them. Will be making this on a regular basis."

skookie User ID: 3562129 157113
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"My maiden name is Eldridge, Lisa. I have been looking for a lighter summr squash casserole for a while now. Thank you so much for sharing yours."

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