If you've got tons of fresh summer squash next time try this pineapple zucchini bread, too.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- Great way to use all that fresh squash from the garden.
- You can assemble it a day or so ahead of time and bake when needed.
- Extra creamy sauce makes this dish so yummy!
Sometimes it's the simplest foods that just taste the best. This easy side dish recipe doesn't have a lot of ingredients but it does have a generous amount of delicious flavor!
Adding sour cream turns bland yellow summer squash into a creamy, comforting side dish that most everyone loves. The crunchy buttery cracker topping just takes it over the top.
You can add cooked chicken breast, ham, or cooked ground beef and make it a main dish, too!
During the summer months when you've got a lot of squash on hand this simple recipe is a must!
Super simple ingredients here.
I've also used zucchini or a combination of zucchini and yellow squash for this summer side dish - it's always just as good!
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- Cheddar cheese
- sour cream
- large egg
- Ritz crackers (or other butter crackers) - you could also use seasoned bread crumbs
- yellow squash
- bell pepper
- sweet onion
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the green recipe card below.
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a baking dish. Saute the squash, onions, & peppers.
- Drain in a colander to get rid of excess water.
- Mix the sour cream, cheese, and egg in with the squash.
- Spoon the squash mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with cracker crumbs and cheese, dot with butter. Bake.
You can assemble this ahead of time, but leave off the cracker crumbs, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before baking. Add the crumbs just before you bake it.
Leftover squash casserole can be put in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You'll need to crisp the buttery cracker crumb topping back up in the oven - just heat at 375F until heated through.
You can also freeze this for up to 3 months unbaked. Mix it up and transfer the mixture to a greased casserole dish. Don't add the cracker crumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
When you're ready to bake just thaw overnight in the refrigerator, add the crumb topping and bake as directed.
Expert Tip: Use smaller, tender squash for this easy squash casserole. They don't have to be tiny but make sure the skin is soft and tender.
- Grate the Cheddar cheese from a block don't buy pre-shredded. The pre-shredded doesn't melt properly. I've used it to try to save time and it was a mistake.
- Slice the squash in even slices.
- You can use zucchini, or a mixture of crookneck squash and zucchini, if you like.
- Add the sour cream to the squash mixture to cool it off before adding other ingredients so the egg doesn't curdle.
- Cream cheese is a nice variation for the sour cream. It's a little more dense than when made with sour cream. Have it at room temperature or warm it slightly so that it stirs in easily.
- Some people use mayonnaise instead of sour cream. I don't care for it that way but you might like it.
- Some people use a can of cream of mushroom soup instead of sour cream in this.
- Don't use frozen veggies in a yellow squash casserole because it has too much liquid and makes the finished dish watery.
- You can add diced ham or cooked, diced chicken to the squash mixture to make this squash recipe more of a main dish.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days.
👩🏻🍳 Frequently asked questions
Always saute the squash don't ever boil it. After sauteeing transfer the cooked squash mixture to a colander for a few minutes to let it drain. If it still seems watery gently press with paper towels.
No need to peel yellow squash or zucchini before cooking as long as it is tender.
Put it in an airtight container and it will be fine to eat for about three days, although the crumbs will get soggy and the texture might get a little watery.
📞 The last word
I usually think of this old fashioned yellow squash casserole as a main dish because that's how it was generally served when I was growing up.
As a side dish it goes really well with just about any grilled meat and I love it with meatloaf!
It's so easy to make and really budget friendly - especially in the summer when your neighbors are leaving bags of summer squash and zucchini on your porch!
This delicious squash casserole is also a great side dish for Thanksgiving so keep that in mind!
Another one of our favorite meals is crockpot cabbage rolls. It's my mom's recipe and I'm obsessed!
Yellow Squash Casserole
- 2 pounds yellow squash
- ½ cup butter, divided use
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- ½ cup Bell pepper, chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ cup sour cream
- 16 Ritz Crackers, (1 sleeve)
- 2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded, reserve ½ cup
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish or a 1 ½ quart casserole
- Melt 2 tablspoons or so of the butter and the olive oil in a heavy skillet.
- Saute squash for about 5 to 10 minutes. If you are using fresh onion and pepper add it with the squash.
- Cover, reduce heat, and steam until very soft, stirring often.
- Remove from heat and let stand in a colander for a few minutes to drain any excess liquid.
- Add to a large bowl.
- Mix in the sour cream to cool it down a little.
- Add the 1 ½ cups Cheddar cheese and the beaten egg.
- Mix well.
- Spoon into the greased casserole.
- Top with crumbs and cheese.
- Dot with remaining butter.
- Bake for 30 -35 minutes, until the top is golden and the casserole is firm to the touch.
- Don't use cheese that is pre-shredded. Shred your own from a block.
- Slice it in even slices.
- You can use zucchini if you like.
- Add the sour cream to the squash to cool it off before adding other ingredients.
- Don't use frozen squash in a yellow squash casserole because it has too much liquid and makes the finished dish watery.
- You can add diced ham or cooked, diced chicken to make this more of a main dish.
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First published July 21, 2020. Last updated July 26, 2021 to include better images and video.