Squash Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Topping


My mom always made this acorn squash casserole at Thanksgiving, and everyone loved it! It is a great alternative to candied yams or sweet potato casserole. If you don't use all the topping, you can freeze the rest for future use.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins


  • 3 acorn squash, halved and seeded

  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup half-and-half

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Roast squash cut-side up on a baking sheet in the preheated oven until flesh is soft, about 50 minutes. Remove squash from the oven and cool, then scoop flesh into a mixing bowl or bowl of a food processor.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare topping by mixing 2 1/2 tablespoons butter in a bowl with brown sugar and flour until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Set aside until needed.

  4. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 11x7-inch baking dish.

  5. Beat or process squash flesh until smooth. Add eggs, white sugar, half and half, vanilla, salt, and 2 1/2 tablespoons butter; process until well-blended. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle brown sugar topping mixture over squash.

  6. Bake squash in the preheated oven until topping is lightly brown, about 40 minutes.

Cook's Tip

As a shortcut, use frozen cooked squash for this recipe. You will need 4 cups of squash. Thaw the squash before combining it with other ingredients.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
15g Fat
52g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 226mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 633mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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