squash casserole recipes

14 Healthy Squash Casserole Recipes You Need to Try

Squash — botanically, a fruit — comes from a family of plants. It comes in different species, such as acorn, butternut, Hubbard, and kabocha. Most types of squash have a mild, nutty flavor, similar to zucchini, which becomes sweet and hearty when cooked. They also develop a silky texture, making them popular ingredients in a variety of dishes. More importantly, squash provides a whole host of health benefits!

If you want to enjoy the best in flavor, texture, and health, give one of these 14 squash casserole recipes a try. Rest assured, they won’t disappoint!

1. Apple & Butternut Squash Pulled Pork Casserole

This sweet-savory recipe calls for combining butternut squash with tender pulled pork, sweet apples, raisins, and spices to produce an irresistible dish with warming aromas. It also has hints of salted butter, which gives the dish a depth of flavor to balance the complimentary tastes. Drizzle it with coconut oil after baking to add more flavor.

2. Butternut Squash Casserole with Ground Beef & Rice

This simple casserole combines butternut squash with ground beef and rice. And the secret of this recipe lies in roasting the squash for 30 minutes before mixing it with other ingredients, then baking it until the rice absorbs liquid. It also has heavy cream, which makes it velvety smooth, but you can also top it with cheddar cheese and parsley flakes for some oomph.

3. Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole

Loads of roasted butternut squash, peppers, and black beans, all smothered in a delectable enchilada sauce — this casserole gives you mouth-watering flavors in every bite. It’s topped with cheese, which you can skip if you’re making the dish vegan, and garnished with diced avocado and cilantro to serve. You can pair it with a side of chips and salsa to serve.

4. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole

This recipe combines two favorites — mac and cheese and creamy butternut squash — to produce the perfect comfort food. In it, spiral-cut butternut squash noodles are smothered with an ultra-creamy sauce seasoned with nutmeg, then baked to golden-brown perfection. The recipe comes with tips on how you can make it keto, so you can prepare one dish for various diets easily.

5. Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

Ready in just 45 minutes, this Southern casserole is convenient for busy weeknights. The dish is made by pureeing squash into a fine pulp, then mixing it with sour cream, herbs, spices, and aged cheddar cheese to give it a wonderful flavor. It uses flour instead of day-old bread as a thickener and bakes it topped with cornbread crumbs until it’s golden and crispy!

6. Chili Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This recipe combines classic chili flavors — beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and peppers — with squash, spaghetti, and protein-rich ground beef to produce a lovely casserole with just the perfect kick of spice. You can serve it topped with cilantro, hot sauce, sour cream, and avocado. It’s also meal-prep friendly, so you can prepare it on weekends and enjoy it on weekdays.

7. Creamy Butternut Squash and Spinach Casserole

Layers of spinach and thinly sliced butternut squash are smothered in a rich cream sauce loaded with cheese to create this vibrant dish. It is bursting with yummy flavors, thanks to the addition of unsalted butter, garlic, and ground nutmeg, which make the dish rich with wonderful aromas. Add a sprinkle of pepper flakes if you like some extra heat.

8. Old-School Squash Casserole

Once you try this classic casserole dish, it will become a staple on your weekly menus. It combines squash with spices and a buttery egg-cheese mixture to make it creamy and flavorful, then tops it with crunchy crackers to produce a lovely contrast of textures. Enjoy it on its own, or pair it with a hearty main dish for a complete meal.

9. Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Healthy and delicious, this vegetarian casserole combines hearty spaghetti squash and veggies with cheese, spices, and herbs to produce an incredibly delicious dish. Bake it until the cheese is melted and golden brown, then serve it with a sprinkling of parsley (if desired) for a pop of color and flavor.

10. Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash Casserole

This casserole is sheer perfection. The recipe has yellow squash as the key ingredient, although you can also mix in some meat, chicken, or rice to make it more satisfying. Make it using cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, egg, and cheese, along with seasonings. You can serve it with a buttery Ritz-cracker topping to take it to the next level!

11. Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Mushrooms & Goat Cheese

If you’re looking for a rich, creamy, indulgent yet healthy meal, look no further than this low-carb casserole. It is loaded with spices, tossed with a creamy mushroom-goat cheese sauce, and topped with a crunchy panko-Parmesan topping. It pairs beautifully with chicken, red meat, and tofu to give you a well-rounded meal. Short on time? You can roast the squash up to three days in advance to speed up cooking!

12. Spicy Southwest Butternut Squash Casserole

This classic southwest recipe is bursting with savory and spicy flavors — a must-try for spice lovers. It uses simple ingredients, most of which you already have in your pantry, to produce a scrumptious dish in just 35 minutes! Just make sure you don’t cook the squash too much, as it can spoil your dish.

13. Vegan Squash Casserole

Here’s a dairy-free casserole recipe that will fit into most diets seamlessly! It calls for mixing squash with a creamy and flavorful sauce prepared with vegan cheese, seasonings, vegan sour cream, plant-based milk, and roux to infuse it with yummy flavors. Top it with breadcrumbs to give it some delicious crunch, and bake it until brown and bubbly. Serve hot!

14. Yellow Squash Casserole

Cozy, comforting, and oh-so-satisfying, this yellow squash casserole is perfect for enjoying on summer evenings. It calls for cooking sliced squash and hamburger meat with a can of mushroom soup, diced tomatoes with green chilies, shredded cheddar cheese, and eggs. Top it with butter-flavored crackers before baking until golden brown and bubbly. Enjoy!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.