Squash Casserole Recipe (with a Le Creuset and PAM giveaway)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

This past weekend Josh and I attended our first Friendsgiving! Joanna and her husband invited us to celebrate the season with friends, and Josh and I knew we wanted to bring a special dish to mark the special occasion. We wanted it to be healthy, tasty, relatively simple to make, and not make too much of a mess. Josh and I both have the habit of using every dish in the kitchen when we cook.

Add a small sink into the mix and we are a hot cooking mess. We’re working on it.

When I was given the opportunity to create a recipe that involved PAM cooking spray, I was pretty excited. 1. We were out of PAM and they refilled our stash. 2. Their 99% product line leaves 99% less residue behind than other cooking sprays. I will take any help I can get to keep my kitchen from turning into a disaster zone when we cook so I can spend less time cleaning up messes and more time enjoying the party! (Or watching Bravo. Either one.)

Josh came up with the idea to create a veggie casserole for the Friendsgiving party. We blasted Christmas music for the first time this year and got to cooking. It was so much fun. This is our first married Christmas and Hanukkah so we’re going to do it big! For a chance to win some goodies that will help you with your holiday parties this season read on.

Squash Casserole
Serves 6-8

  • 2 large yellow squash
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup semi-hard cheese (we used mild goat gouda)
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 30 butter crackers, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Paprika, salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Chop up all your veggie goodies

Grease your pan

Cook squash, onion, and carrots separately for about 5 minutes each, adding the garlic to the carrots and cooking them for an additional three minutes.

Mix all the veggies up, adding your Greek yogurt, milk, egg, butter and spices as you mix. Add half the crushed crackers and 3/4 of the cheese and mix thoroughly.

Grease a round casserole dish. (This lovely Le Creuset pan was sent to us by Pam and is identical to the one a lucky reader will be winning!)

Pour in the casserole mixture and top with remaining cheese and crackers. I also sprinkled it with a little paprika for color. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top of the casserole is firm and golden brown.

The result is ooey, gooey, casserole goodness that is sure to please at your holiday party.

PAM was kind  enough to offer a reader a full size PAM product and a Le Creuset pie dish. Josh and I are huge Le Creuset fans and can tell you that you will love this one. Josh already has lots of plans for upcoming pies he wants to bake. As the recipient of these pies, I am very happy. 😀

To enter to win simply leave a comment answering my question of the day!

The giveaway is open until Thursday night. I will be emailing the winner on Friday.

Question of the Day: What are you looking forward to cooking/baking this holiday season?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

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  1. Kim F says

    That looks so good! Sadly I can’t make it home with my family this year so I am hosting my own Thanksgiving dinner for friends that are in the same boat. I am excited to try making an entire feast! Especially a healthier version of pumpkin pie. This pie dish would be perfect to use since I do not have one!

  2. Jackie says

    I’m usually in charge of an app of some sort which can be fun. I look forward to eating other peoples baked goods 😉

  3. says

    I’m looking forward to making desserts… possibly a pie!?! 😉 I usually save making desserts for special occasions (ice cream doesn’t count – that happens on the regular!), so many desserts will be made this season!

  4. says

    This looks amazing! I love yellow squash. I am looking forward to making Prime Rib and Popovers. I don’t eat meat or bread very often, so I look forward to our traditional Christmas dinner every year.

  5. says

    I make a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning a recipe that has been in the family for a few generations. It has sausage, gravey, eggs, bread, green onion and a lot of cheese! Perhaps I’ll bake and think about sharing one of these days.

  6. says

    Well, now I’m looking forward to cooking this recipe! Looks so yum!

    My favorite thing that I only make at Thanksgiving is something called Golden Corn which is basically the moistest cornbread ever. Guess I need to start working on my menu since I’m hosting this year…

  7. Wild Orchid says

    I am looking forward to baking a pumpkin cheesecake that I make every year!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  8. says

    I am looking forward to making a butternut squash and apple casserole that I make in layers. This pan would be perfect!

    I had to give up all my Le Creuset pans when we moved onto the boat as they are so heavy. Would love to start building a new collection now that we are landbased again.

    Your casserole looks yummy!

  9. Lauren says

    I always look forward to green bean casserole! I’m not a HUGE thanksgiving fan, so I always request my favorite sidedish! Christmas Eve is much more my speed – ham and scalloped potatoes!

  10. Libby says

    I LOVE baking and cooking this time of year. Keeping it simple for Thanksgiving with homemade cranberry sauce (been craving it for awhile) and gotta love the Christmas cookie baking that will begin right after Thanksgiving!

  11. Emily says

    I am with Josh on this one! Pies! My favorite flavor is rhubarb raspberry but for the holidays maybe a classic pumpkin or crunchy apple!

  12. Kristen says

    Last year I made something new…Pumpkin Butter Cheesecake Pie and it was delicious! Can’t wait to make it again!

  13. Margot C says

    Well, coincidentally maybe I’m all about baking the pies this year! Truth be told I hadn’t thought of using the Pam on the pie pans and dishes but now I will!

  14. Lyssa says

    Ohhh, sold on anything with squash right now!

    My friends and I always get together to make Christmas cookies. It started with a few of us, but now it is in mass. Last year we tried this healthy(er) cookie recipe from some nutrition magazine, which just didn’t cut it. Although, my friends nephew did say the cookies were hard as rocks but also good. But still thinking we’ll go a different approach this year, so currently on the hunt for a good different recipe.

  15. Ashley says

    I have so many cookies that I’m looking forward to baking. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season! I would also like to get adventurous and try making my first homemade pie.

  16. JoeyfromSC says

    I am going to do alot of baking/cooking this holiday season..The thing I love to make the most(with my sweet Aunt) is homemade fudge! so easy, but so rich & delicious

    Your casserole looks great..I may have to try it too! Thanks for the chance to win!


  17. Kristen W. says

    Every year I look forward to making apple pies with my mom. We make the dough from scratch and hand-slice every apple. We make two for our family and a bunch more for family friends. It is a great treat for us to spend the day before Thanksgiving catching up! This year I will also make a no-bake chocolate eclair casserole that looks super easy and tasty. Can’t wait for the holiday!

  18. sharon says

    I am looking forward to lots of baking and pie-and-cake-making, and also roasting lots of veggies, and also turning out a thanksgiving spread.

  19. Cheryl W. says

    If I were so lucky to be the winner, I would definitely try a potato au gratin dish. Thank you for the recipe and for the opportunity to enter.

  20. Solducky says

    Making gluten and dairy free green bean casserole. It is actually really amazing! I just sub almond milk and earth balance (for my allergy kids) and the end result is so from scratch delicious. Even if I could go back to “normal” cooking I would not make green bean casserole with a can of soup again!

  21. David says

    I always like to make rolls and other breads with the kids. They get so excited watching the dough rise and seeing how big it can get.

  22. Carlie says

    Homemade cranberry sauce. I usually end up freezing the leftovers and using it in Greek yogurt, on top of oatmeal, in sandwiches, etc.

  23. Alexis K. says

    I’m looking forward to trying out praline pumpkin cheesecake, and very much looking forward to the annual tradition of making spritz cookies!


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