Cheesy Squash Bake

Here's a terrific way to dress up the last of the season's summer squash. Reduced-fat cheddar cheese gives this side dish recipe plenty of flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound yellow squash, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon lower-fat margarine or vegetable oil spread

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup fat-free milk

  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ½ cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large saucepan, cook squash and onion in a small amount of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender; drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt margarine over medium heat. Stir in flour until well mixed. Gradually stir in milk; cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, pepper and salt until cheese is melted. Add squash mixture; toss to coat.

  3. Coat a 1- to 1 1/2-quart baking dish, casserole, or souffle dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon in squash mixture. Sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs. Bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

72 Calories
3g Fat
8g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 72
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g 9%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 377IU 8%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 275mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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