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This yellow squash casserole recipe is a cheesy and delicious way to enjoy the summer squash that goes crazy every summer! It’s made with basic ingredients (only 5!) and takes just a few minutes to prep. Simply roast the squash, make the homemade cheese sauce, and then bake the cheesy squash casserole. Easy! And, this healthy keto summer squash casserole is naturally low carb.
If you like healthy squash casserole recipes like this one, but have a pile of green zucchini to use, you can make this same recipe with zucchini instead, or try zucchini gratin. Or if you have more yellow squash to use up, try stuffed summer squash boats, or replace zucchini with yellow squash in my recipes for roasted zucchini, zucchini roll ups, or keto zucchini bread. These two types of summer squash are interchangeable in almost any recipe.
What Is Baked Yellow Squash Casserole?
This low carb summer squash casserole recipe is made up of layers of roasted yellow squash and then topped with a homemade cheese sauce and baked together until bubbly golden brown.
Why You’ll Love This Yellow Squash Casserole Recipe
- Delicate, cheesy flavor
- Soft squash and creamy cheese sauce
- Comes together in a few simple steps
- Simple, common ingredients
- Takes just 5 minutes to prep
- Only 3.4 grams net carbs per serving
Summer Squash Casserole Ingredients
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for yellow squash casserole, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Summer squash – I used yellow squash, but you can also use zucchini!
- Olive oil – Use an extra virgin olive oil.
- Shredded cheese – I used cheddar, but any cheese you like will work. Try Swiss, Gruyere, or other keto cheeses.
- Heavy cream – This makes a rich, thick cheese sauce. Don’t replace it with half and half or other keto milks, as the sauce will be too runny. If you’re sensitive to dairy milk (but cheese is okay), you can swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk.
- Garlic – Use fresh or jarred garlic, either will work fine.
- Sea salt & black pepper
How To Make Squash Casserole
This section shows how to cook squash casserole with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Roast squash. Slice yellow squash into 1/4 inch slices and season with olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Roast for 10-12 minutes.
- Make cheese sauce. In a saucepan, combine cheddar cheese, heavy cream, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. Heat until melted and smooth.
- Assemble. Layer roasted squash in baking dish. Pour sauce over squash and sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese on top.
- Bake. Bake the keto squash casserole until it starts to bubble, then broil for a few minutes until golden.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do with an abundance of yellow squash?
You make the best yellow squash casserole, of course! This casserole is delicious, but it’s also a great way to use up some of the squash that’s going crazy in your garden.
Why is my squash casserole watery?
Because squash is made up of a lot of water, it will release a lot of water while it’s cooked. This is why we’re roasting the squash ahead of time, so that the water can release and it won’t make your yellow squash casserole watery.
Is yellow squash casserole keto?
Yes, this healthy baked yellow squash casserole is keto and low carb.
The full nutrition stats can be found below the recipe card, but each serving has just 3.4 grams net carbs.
Store leftover yellow squash casserole in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Can you freeze squash casserole?
Yes, you can freeze the casserole for 2-3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge, then stir well before reheating. You may need to stir it again after reheating, as the sauce texture can change.
Reheat the casserole in a 350 degree F oven for best results.
What Goes With Squash Casserole?
Healthy yellow squash casserole recipes like this one just need a main dish! Here are some ideas:
- Pan Seared Chicken Breast
- Stuffed Pork Chops
- Sugar-Free Glazed Keto Ham
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers
- Air Fryer Chicken Legs
- Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Filet Mignon
You can also make easy squash casserole recipes with other types of squash, such as buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole or zucchini casserole.
Tools To Make Keto Squash Casserole
- Mandoline – Using a mandoline will ensure your slices are a uniform thickness.
- Medium Saucepan – This saucepan is nonstick, which is ideal for cheese sauces in yellow squash casserole recipes.
- Baking Dish – Bake and serve your cheesy squash casserole right in this dish.
Healthy Baked Squash Casserole Recipe
Cheesy Yellow Squash Casserole Recipe
This healthy keto yellow squash casserole recipe has layers of roasted summer squash and creamy homemade cheese sauce. Just 5 minutes prep + 5 ingredients.
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice the squash into 1/4 inch slices. Toss the slices in the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Place the squash slices in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. Roast for 10-12 minutes.
Layer the roasted squash in a 9×13 baking dish.
In a medium saucepan, combine 2 1/4 cups cheddar cheese, heavy cream, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and heat over medium heat, until melted and smooth.
Pour the sauce over the squash and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese on top.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes until the casserole starts to bubble. Switch to broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese begins to crisp and golden.
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Serving size: 1/12 of entire casserole
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This looks so good and will definitely try it this summer. Your recipe appeared after my search for ‘fried’ yellow squash chaffles. We had ‘fried’ okra chaffles last night which were very good. I’m surprised I can’t find ‘fried’ yellow squash chaffle recipes anywhere.
This was so easy to make and delicious! Thanks for sharing!
HUGE HIT!! Everyone (11 people) loved this squash recipe. Super easy to make, and so delicious! Definitely will make again… especially now at the height of squash season. Followed recipe exactly and it was delicious cheesy, squash perfection.
I made this for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you!
Not good. watery & not flavorful. I followed the recipe.
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Hi Karyn, Sorry this recipe didn’t meet your expectations. There is a section in the recipe on how to prevent a watery casserole.
Delicious and crowd pleaser!! Did mixture of yellow squash and zucchini – even the scallop potatoes lovers asked for more!
SO delicious and easy to make.
Easy, healthy, and delicious! Thank you!
Oh wow! This looks incredibly delicious!! My family would love it!
I’ve made this twice in the past week, it’s so good!
My kids really enjoyed how cheesy it is! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will definitely make this again!
That cheese sauce was so good!!!
This is amazing!
I cannot wait to make this! Maybe tomorrow.
the casserole looks and sounds great. I really loved it doesn’t have too many ingredients.
Lovley dinner idea. Thanks for the recipe.
We enjoyed this with our abundance of squash. It’s very flavorful.
We love yellow squash.
Love this recipe! Cheese and squash, two of my favorite things!