14 Hearty, Comfort Food Casseroles Starring Winter Squash
Turn your winter squash — butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash — into these top-rated winter squash casseroles. We've gathered some of our favorite comforting casseroles for you to choose from, including winter squash gratins, lasagna, enchiladas, and more. For more about different types of squash and the best ways to enjoy them, check out 16 Common Types of Squash.
Merritt's Butternut Squash Gratin
"Slightly sweet golden squash is topped with a savory herbed cheese-breadcrumb topping," says Merrittorious. "It's been my signature dish every Thanksgiving for the last 12 years. It takes a bit of work, but it is so, so worth it. Your guests will ask you for the recipe, so be prepared."
Butternut Squash Lasagna
Roasted butternut squash is layered with spinach, a homemade white sauce, and mozzarella cheese. "Lasagna, with its delicious layers, can take a while to put together, but it's always worth it!" says rachaefia. "This warm vegetarian version is a comfy dinner any day of the week."
Paleo Spaghetti Pie (Grain, Gluten, and Dairy Free)
"This paleo recipe is so good even your non-paleo friends will love it!" says Shannon Felgner. "My picky husband and young children enjoyed this 'spaghetti pie' and even came back for seconds. Plus, there are no pricey, hard to find ingredients. I had nearly everything on hand."
Kristin's Turkey Butternut Squash Casserole
Here's a quick meal for busy weeknights featuring butternut squash, ground turkey, and mozzarella. "I got this recipes from Allrecipes.com member Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas," says Kristin. "This is my very tweaked version that cuts some of the fat and calories. I think this is a great recipe for a family."
Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin
Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to a potato-based gratin. "This recipe is quick to prepare and a great alternative for a lower-carbohydrate, lower-calorie option in place of a potato side dish," says sandybaby999. "My husband is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy and even he loved this recipe."
Butternut Squash Casserole
"This recipe tastes similar to sweet potato souffle, with a custard-like texture" says VPMSAVGA. "Use with any meal that sweet potatoes seem to go with (for example, ham, pork, etc). Yum yum!"
Squash Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Topping
Here's an acorn squash casserole that's a great alternative to candied yams or sweet potato casserole. "My mom always made this at Thanksgiving, and it was loved by everyone!" says Lana. "If you don't use all the topping, you can freeze the rest for future use."
Creamy Butternut Squash Casserole
"Substitute Grana Padano cheese for Parmesan if desired," says Laka kuharica. "You can cube butternut squash a food processor with the pommes frites (french fry) cutter and then just pulse it one or two times with a regular blade."
Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Here's a Mexican-inspired twist on a spaghetti squash casserole with turkey and queso fresco with enchilada sauce in place of pasta sauce.
Rich and Savory Spaghetti Squash Casserole
This rich, one-pan vegetarian casserole features mashed spaghetti casserole with three types of cheeses, fresh tomatoes, and rosemary.
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash
Sweet potatoes and butternut squash combine with fresh sage, and Asiago cheese. "I made this just as the recipe called and it was absolutely amazing," says Janette Lochmandy.
Autumn Butternut Squash Casserole
"A delicious streusel-topped butternut squash casserole with sauteed apples!" says RMartino. "Can be prepared ahead. Keep streusel topping separate until ready to bake."
Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Chicken
This cheesy, tomato-based chicken casserole features spaghetti squash in place of pasta. If you prefer, use ground beef, turkey, or pork in place of ground chicken. "We really liked this casserole," says Kim. "It's great tasting, and has the added bonus of being pretty good for you too."
Spaghetti Squash Beef Casserole
Mozzarella cheese and crushed Ritz crackers top this spaghetti squash casserole made with ground beef and vegetables. Annie Rose rates it 5 stars: "A flavorful, colorful meal, this Spaghetti Squash casserole was a quick meal to put together. I was able to do it in one deep pan, straight from stove-top to oven."