I got this recipes from Allrecipes.com member Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas. This is my very tweaked version that cuts some of the fat and calories. I think this is a great recipe for a family.

15 mins
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50 mins
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir ground turkey until crumbly and browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Add butternut squash and onion to ground turkey; cook and stir until squash is slightly tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain any excess grease from skillet.

  • Whisk milk, mozzarella cheese, butter, eggs, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; stir into turkey mixture. Transfer squash-turkey mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle crackers over squash-turkey mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cooked through and bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Two cups of butternut squash is about half of an average-sized butternut squash. The amount is approximate. You can add a little more squash if desired.


Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

509 calories; 25.99 g protein; 31.94 g carbohydrates; 2.01 g dietary-fiber; 6.42 g sugars; 31.18 g fat; 11.38 g saturated-fat; 152.18 mg cholesterol; 5449.12 IU vitamin-a-iu; 9.42 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.36 mg vitamin-b6; 11.18 mg vitamin-c; 31.76 mcg folate; 272.63 mg calcium; 3.35 mg iron; 41.99 mg magnesium; 441.22 mg potassium; 793.37 mg sodium; 0.11 mg thiamin; 280.6 calories-from-fat; 24 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 54 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 20 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 19 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat

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Nicole Durso
My husband is so picky so i wouldnt tell him what i was making as i was sure he would think it sounded gross. I had the ingredients on hand and wanted to use up some squash and ground turkey. It was faaaabulous! Even my 2year old was eating it..and she is just as picky as her dad!

Most helpful critical review

Well i had to tweek this because of not having all the ingred. This probably would of been 4-5 stars had I used mozzarella cheese instead of Guyre. I also used vanilla almond milk and multigrain crackers But overall it was tasty!
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Linda T
This was yummy. I added some fresh spinach... just because. I added some red pepper flakes to the leftovers and though that was an improvement.. will add those next time I made this as well
Nicole Durso
My husband is so picky so i wouldnt tell him what i was making as i was sure he would think it sounded gross. I had the ingredients on hand and wanted to use up some squash and ground turkey. It was faaaabulous! Even my 2year old was eating it..and she is just as picky as her dad!
I thought this was quite good. I used Saltines instead of Ritz because that's what I had but otherwise stuck to the recipe. I was a bit worried that the squash wouldn't be soft enough but it was fine. It's pretty salty with the crackers so I don't think you need to add the extra salt.
The changes I made were only because of what I had on hand: whole milk instead of 1% "Italian Blend" for straight Mozzarella and Reduced Fat Ritz. This recipe was delicious. My hubby who usually wants nothing to do with anything that has the word "casserole" in it proclaimed it a "Keeper"! (He even went back for seconds!) I made it exactly to the recipe. I don't think the ingredients I substituted altered the taste in any drastic measure. I was surprised how much flavor this had for just using salt & pepper for seasoning. I plan to serve the leftovers as a side for some baked Cod. I think it will go well together. Update: Paired the leftovers with baked Cod and they went quite well together. Baked the Cod with just a coating of melted butter salt & pepper. Put the leftover casserole in a smaller baking dish covered with foil. Put both in a 375 oven for about 20 minutes. Deeelish! Update: I wanted a pasta dish so I made this minus the Ritz crackers using 50/50 Sharp Cheddar and Mozzarella and about 1/2 cup additional milk. I mixed it with a box of Penne pasta (half cooked - about 8 minutes) and put in casserole dish. I topped with a thin layer of Italian bread crumbs and covered with foil to bake. OMG! This is definitely a keeper!
Punker Mike
I completely deviated from the original recipe. I sauteed the onion with the ground turkey then added the butternut squash and a can of stewed tomatoes. I also added garlic and onion powder to the egg mixture and covered the casserole with 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs since I didn't have the crackers. (Next time I would use crackers.)I had 2 servings.
This was delicious! I made some substitutions to make this South Beach friendly. I added salt pepper and some onion powder to the squash mixture while it was cooking. I subbed in Swiss for mozzarella because that's what I had on hand but I think it was a crucial change. I omitted the Ritz crackers and subbed almond meal. I added garlic powder paprika salt pepper and Italian seasoning to the almond meal then tossed it with a couple of tablespoons of melted butter before topping the casserole. The sweetness of the almond meal was a nice compliment to the squash. So SO good! I think turkey sausage would also be delicious. Thanks so much for a great recipe!
Lisa Maria
I followed Kristen's recipe but used unflavored almond milk instead. Also when I bought Ritz Crackers the new "Everything" variety (like "Everything" bagels) was on sale. This worked really well and gave a little extra zing to the dish. I made the casserole to take to a friend but it smelled and looked so good I made one for myself too! Great "lighter" casserole with a lot of flavor.
Could not imagine what these flavors would be like combined. Turned out to be a lovely sweet/savory combination. And easy preparation! Bought the precut squash from Trader Joes and cut them into smaller cubes. Whole family liked it!
I was desperate for something to make so I put in ground turkey and butternut squash thinking it was hopeless. I found this recipe first. I had already baked the squash so I just cut it up and mixed it with the ground turkey. I used cream instead of milk left out the butter and crumbs and substituted Monterrey Jack for the mozzarella. I loved it and so did my husband.some of the kids did too but I wasn't quite as concerned if they liked it or not. I'll serve it with rice next time.