December 3, 2012

Squash Casserole

I've mentioned this before but… I don’t really like casseroles. I’m sorry if we can’t be friends now.

It’s the Cream of Whatever soups that throw me off. They’re just so… processed tasting. As casseroles are always chocked full of cheese and creamed soup and fried onions and tater tots and gummy bears and packing peanuts, they taste nothing like the star ingredient.

I’m not even sure that this is an exception to the above because I can’t actually tell you it tastes all that much like squash. But I like it. I lahk it a lot. Even though it has Cream of Whatever soup in it. It’s like chicken and dressing and gravy all mixed up together with some squash hidden in it.

And don’t get all preachy with me about how vegetables are better closest to their natural state. I know that. I’m from South By God Carolina. You think I don’t know how good it is to eat snap peas straight out the field? Like literally eat them raw while you’re standing in a plow row covered in dirt and dust and gnats? And that one crisp, clean, green bight takes all the heat and filth away. For just a second.

Now I’m getting all Gone With the Wind on you. Sorry!!!

Anywho, here’s the BEST squash casserole EVER. Or at least I think so.


Squash Casserole
3 pounds yellow squash, washed and sliced
Salt & pepper to taste
1 medium onion, grated
1 large carrot, grated
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb stuffing

Boil squash with salt and pepper until tender then drain well and add to a large bowl. Add onion, carrot, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter and mix well. Fold in 2 cups of the stuffing.

Add mixture to a baking dish then top with remaining stuffing. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.


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43 comments:

  1. Even my 10 year old grandson says this sounds yummy! We'll try it this weekend

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  2. Hey now, don't you be dissing the best casserole to come out of the state of Minnesota: Tatertot Gummi-bear Casserole. Don'tchya know. It's the best- you betchya. ;)

    I'm with you. I don't care for casseroles either. It's probably why I'm no longer in my parent's will.

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  3. But this has cream of whatever soup in it...?

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  4. I am also not a fan of cream of something soups, but you have me intrigued with this one....

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  5. I just discovered your blog today and "I’m from South By God Carolina", too! (Greenville area). Glancing over your recipes it looks like you have been peeking into my grandma's (99 years old and still kicking) and mama's recipe books! I will be visiting here often :)

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  6. I am in LOVE with everything on this blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This is the best squash casserole..because I have had it and I have made it and sometimes canned soups are a good thing for crying out loud...BTW..your recipes are wonderful!!

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  8. I am soooooo sorry to tell ya'all I am a Northern girl born...can't say and raised as I was an Army brat. Anyplace I planted my feet I called home. Anyhow here I am at a ripe ole age, and I adore squash, fresh snap pea's from the garden, if it's a veggie I adore it... well o.k. ya got me. Hold the darn butter beans. My husband loved 'em but I just can't like them. I have tried. Anyhow, sigh, I love this site. Love the recipes, and aim to try this one this weekend myself. Michigan born and settled! But I often visit my family transplants down south~ :) and I ain't no anonymous either. I get here from facebook! cheri_1958

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    1. Thanks, Cheri! And it's OK... don't tell anybody but... butter beans aren't my favorite. Unless they've been cooked ALL DANG DAY or they're the dried kind. Thanks for you comment!

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  9. My mom's been making this one for years! Yep, it's yummy!

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  10. I cant wait to try this. I make a chicken casserole with the same things minus the stuffing & using cream of mushroom instead of chicken. I have found that to make recipes that do call for cream of anything, if you heat on the stovetop first before adding to rest of ingredients it takes the "canned" taste away!

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    1. Made this last night & it was so delicious!! Hubby loved it. I did a few changes, like sauteing the onions & squash in the butter and using cream of mushroom. Everything else the same. This is my new favorite squash casserole! I froze half of it before baking, hope it freezes well.

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  11. I have a really good one that is low carb. Minus the soup and you add mayo and cheese and bell pepper. You can top it with the stuffing mix or cheese. Since I cannot have the carbs I use the cheese and it is yummy.

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    1. And the name is Kat in Alabama

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  12. I use cream of celery soup now, I think it gives it a better flavor. This is my favorite way to eat squash. I also mix yellow and zucchini squash.

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  13. This sounds great,printing it off now.This squash casserole and some Louisiana green beans with corn bread.A great summer meal.My Mom always cooked squash when we were growing up,she made stewed squash,(just squash,onion and when tender add an egg and scramble in) .

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  14. Ok, I don't want to sound super blonde or anything, but do you prepare the stuffing before hand or does it go in dried? I'm up in Canada and we don't get the Pepperidge Farm stuffing here. We have Stove-Top stuffing that is dried, then you mix it with water. Sounds good though.

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    1. LOL, you mix it in dry :) I think you could use Stove Top. It'll have more seasoning in it than the PF but I think that ought to be OK.

      Let me know if you try it. We may be up for Canadian Thanksgiving this year which means I'll do some cooking and I need to think about what I need to bring with me (I use a little PF in my cornbread dressing too)! Can't you see me explaining to the border police WHY I need to bring 40 pounds of stuffing into the country??

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  15. Used similar recipe for years. Also delicious. .cook 1 pk of Jiffy cornbread to crumble instead of stuffing. I also don't boil the squash. I saute the onion in margarine, add sliced squash, cook until tender and drain. Blend cream of chicken & sour cream with spoon, add all to casserole dish..I never used carrots but sounds good. Bake until bubbly. Top with crumbled corn bread and bake until slighty brown.

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  16. Just picked some fresh squash yesterday from the garden. Can't wait to try this!

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  17. Im from NC. I love squash casserole....but only the way my nannie makes it. She stews her squash and onions. Then drains well. She adds sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, and an egg, I think. Then she tops it with crushed ritz crackers or cheese nips. Soooo yummy!

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  18. Miss B from TennesseeJuly 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Channeling Forrest Gump for just a second there, I see? Made me laugh and I also pinned this one. I pin almost every one.

    "Let me tell you, yes, I am fat but I enjoyed every bite of it."

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  19. This looks fantastic! Can you tell me what size casserole dish and how many does this serve? There is only two of us and I have an awfully small fridge! My name is Claire and I am from Ventura, CA but I could only publish as anonymous.

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    1. Thanks! I think I usually use my 2-quart casserole dish when I make this.

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  20. I have used cream of celery soup and it is just as good if not better.

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  21. This is the recipe my Mom has always used! It is delicious!

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  22. Has anyone ever made it with zucchini instead of yellow squash? I have 10 lbs I need to use up.
    Thanks!

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  23. how do i boil squash?? lol newbie here

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  24. I HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS FOR YEARS. FIRST HAD IT AT THE KNICKERBOCKER GOLF COURSE CINCINATUS, NY. IT IS SO GOOD! YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOU MOUTH! LOL! ENJOY!

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  25. We pulled this out of an old church cookbook some years back and my stepmom does it most holidays. I believe we usually use cornbread dressing mix, though.

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  26. I shred zucchini, onion, & carrot and freeze it in the summer for use in this casserole in the winter. I mix the entire box of dry stuffing with the other ingredients and bake. Top with your choice of cheese towards the end of baking time. Yummy!

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  27. I also use cream of celery soup if I don't have any cream of chicken on hand. Also, I've been known to eat the leftover casserole cold straight from the fridge.

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  28. Just like my Momma makes! Yummo!

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  29. No cheese at all in this? Looks like there is cheese.

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  30. This sounds Yummy! I just made it and put it in the fridge to cook for tomorrows side dish along some pork chops. I'm from SC and I love your recipes!!! They are simple enough for everyday doing andthe sassy mouth that come with the recipes are priceless!! ;)


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  31. I have never made a squash casserole, but going to try this for sure! I live in SC too, near Columbia, and I love following you! So enjoyable!

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  32. I'm not from SC but I am a south Georgia girl and I love love love your blog!

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  33. I've been making this for about 20 years..I use Stove Top Herb Stuffing mix and diced the squash, instead of slicing.

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  34. Thank you so much for this!!! My aunt use to make this very squash casserole and I've searched for years, now I've FINALLY found that familiar wonderfulness I so remember growing up. Thank you from Gastonia NC

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