Butternut Squash and Spinach Casserole

Hubby and I love butternut squash. It’s another one of many foods that I had never tried prior to meeting Hubby. He has definitely opened my eyes to many new and wonderful foods in the 8+ years we’ve been together.

We both enjoy squash just roasted in the oven, but it’s fun to dress things up every once and a while. This dish feeds quite a few and travels really well. So it’s great for get togethers of any kind. We took this to Hubby’s work holiday party and the dish came home clean. It really is a very tasty dish that could accompany any main course.

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for the prep work for this recipe. Once everything gets chopped, it comes together in about 10 minutes before throwing it in the oven for 45 minutes. But chopping that much squash, plus two onions and prepping the spinach takes a bit of time.

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Butternut Squash and Spinach Bake

Yield: ~12-16

Ingredients:

3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut in 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 6 cups)
10 oz fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions, trimmed, peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 cup whole or low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs, beaten
2 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1/2 cup bread crumbs, toasted
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pecans, toasted
2 cups coarsely grated cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-x-13-inch baking dish or 4-quart casserole.

Place 3 quarts water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the squash to the water, return to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes. The squash will turn a deeper orange. Add spinach to squash and boil one more minute. Drain squash and spinach and set aside.

Melt the butter in the stockpot and add the oil. Add the onions and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent and limp, about 8 minutes, stirring to prevent browning. Add the warm squash and the buttermilk, eggs, thyme, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, 1/8 cup pecans and 1 1/3 cups cheese. Blend with a wooden spoon or spatula until the ingredients are well combined.

Spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 cup pecans and 2/3 cup cheese. Bake 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Ezra Pound Cake

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7 Responses to “Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta”

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    ErinsFoodFiles — October 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Stunning color!!

    • beantownbaker — October 8th, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

      It just makes me smile 🙂

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Oh gosh, I love this recipe! So creative 🙂

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    Tanja Simone — October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    We’re making this for dinner tomorrow, sounds perfect! And what a great way to contribute to Breast Cancer Awareness month. Keep it up!
    Snowy hello’s from Oslo, Norway/ Tanja Simone, http://somekindashuffle.wordpress.com

    • beantownbaker — October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:27 am

      Thanks! I hope you enjoyed the pasta.

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    Elle A. — March 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I made this tonight and it was truly one of the worse things I’ve made; the sauce was really chunky and dry, and stuck in my throat every time I took a bite, and the garlic made it even drier. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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    Pam — February 25, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    This is very good. Leaving some of the pasta water is important, as well as adding the olive oil. Grating the beet into the pasta made a gorgeous colored magenta. Eating pasta right away prevents drying out. An optional addition could be adding a can of coconut milk to make a pink saucy dish. Topped with nuts and cheese, yes!

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