Loaded Summer Squash Casserole Recipe @pinch

We fell in love with this creamy, cheesy summer squash casserole. It has a pop of sweetness from the onions and a smoky flavor thanks to the crispy bacon. Cutting the summer squash into chunks adds a nice crunchy texture. This is a very versatile summer squash casserole that you can really customize and make your own. My family loves my version of squash casserole. A lot of recipes use cream of mushroom soup, but I use cream of celery instead because it adds great flavor to the dish. The great thing about this recipe is its versatility. You can easily manipulate texture and taste. Want a thicker dish? Increase the amount of squash and herb stuffing mix. Want it creamier? Reduce the amount of squash or add 1/2 c. half and half. Want it spicier? Add smoked paprika or a dash of chili powder and garlic. Need a vegetarian dish? Omit the bacon. Enjoy!

loaded summer squash casserole
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Recipe Cuisine: American Recipe Category: Side Casseroles Yield: 6 Servings
Ingredients :
  • 5-6 cup(s) summer (yellow) squash, cut in chunks (about 4 to 6 squash, depending on size)
  • 1 stick(s) butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 can(s) cream of celery soup (10.5 oz)
  • 1 cup(s) sour cream
  • 2 cup(s) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup(s) herbed stuffing mix
  • 1 tube(s) Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 4-6 slice(s) cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • chopped chives (optional)
Intructions :
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. While preheating, melt butter over medium heat in a large pot
  • Chop squash into chunks. (Thick slices are equally fine if that's your preference). Add to pot of melting butter
  • Rough chop onion. Add to the pot
  • Add salt & pepper to taste. I use about 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Stir ingredients together to coat with salt and pepper. Turn heat to low. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to cook for about 10 minutes until slightly soft. Don't overcook or the squash becomes mushy
  • Add cream of celery soup, sour cream, and 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Crush the Ritz Crackers. Add half of the crushed crackers and the herbed stuffing mix to the squash, soup, sour cream and cheese mixture. Stir well
  • Spray casserole dish with butter-flavored spray cooking oil. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish. (An 8x8 or 9x13 will work.)
  • Sprinkle top with the cheese and remaining bread crumbs
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350-degrees for approximately 30-minutes or until the mixture is golden-brown and bubbly
  • Optional: Top with crumbled bacon. Return to oven uncovered for additional 10-minutes
  • Remove from oven. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and serve warm. Top with chopped chives before serving (optional).

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