If you happen to have a lot of butternut squash and don’t know what to do with it, our butternut squash casserole recipe might be the answer. Make a huge batch of it, and if you do it right, it’ll be scooped up before you can take a second glance. No kidding!
Tips to Make a Perfect Butternut Squash Casserole
Casseroles are easy to make. Simply spread your ingredients (optional: stir-fry first) in a baking dish, cover it with foil, put it in the oven, and voilà! A tasty bake is born. But to make it the most flavorsome dish, we found these tips to be useful:
Cook your ingredients first
In this recipe, we slightly stir-fry our ingredients before pouring it all in the baking dish. It may sound like a bit of extra work, but it really helps your ingredients to mellow and brings out the juices and flavors. Then, when you add the stock, it instantly absorbs all those flavors from the vegetables and aroma from the herbs. This stock will slowly cook your squash and mushrooms, giving you delicious, super savory bites afterward!
To foil or not to foil
Since we want the cheese to be fully melted on the top, you might think it would make sense to leave the foil off and let the cheese bubble. However, the stove should then be set to low if you don’t want to burn your casserole. This can be time-consuming (but worth it for the flavor).
The best option is to foil your casserole and after everything’s cooked and is tender, sprinkle the cheese on top and torch or broil it for about 3-5 minutes. This should leave you with a satisfying squash casserole with a fantastic melted cheese topping.
Ways to Serve this Butternut Squash Casserole
You can serve this casserole with crunchy bacon bits to make a complete meal with all the carbs, fats, proteins, and fibers you need. However, we would recommend leaving the bacon out because it contains a lot of unhealthy fats. To make an even healthier casserole, here are several options you can try:
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How to Treat Leftovers
A casserole is the kind of dish that you want to make a lot of, even if the only guest having it is you. It’s always great to have leftovers, that you can use as reheatable meals ready to enjoy within 5 minutes whenever you need a quick, nutritious meal.
When it comes to reheating your refrigerated meals, the oven and microwave are two common options. While microwaving your food may seem convenient, it can affect the food’s flavor and texture— making it less appetizing. The oven is a much better option because when you bake, you’ll probably need to wrap the casserole and this helps trap the moisture inside the dish—preserving the original flavor. And while you’re at it, you can add some more cheese on top to make it look like a brand-new casserole.
To reheat your casserole, simply preheat the oven at 375°F, and then bake for 10 minutes, checking occasionally. If you had frozen the casserole, it should take about 30-40 minutes in the oven. After that, enjoy!
Butternut Squash Casserole Recipe
- 1.75 lb butternut squash peeled and cut into about 3/4” pieces
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2.7 oz onion 1/2 medium, chopped
- 2 tsp garlic 1.5 cloves, minced
- 3 oz button mushrooms sliced
- 1 tbsp parsley chopped
- 1/4 tsp dried sage
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp Kitchen Basic’s unsalted vegetable stock
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and sauté the onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes or until they are soft.
- Add mushrooms and squash and sauté for 1 minute. Set the heat to low and add the stock. Season with the remaining ingredients (except for the cheesand stir for about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture into a baking dish (round, 8 inches in diameter or rectangular, 6 inches wide and 8 inches long). Spread evenly and cover with foil.
- Bake for about 50 minutes or until the squash is tender.
- Once it’s cooked, sprinkle cheese on top and broil the top for about 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Take it out of the oven and serve warm.