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Butternut Squash Casserole with Quinoa

This Butternut Squash Casserole with Quinoa will blow your mind away!  Butternut squash and quinoa are a match made in heaven. Healthy and delicious, this is a dish that the whole family will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword butternut squash casserole, butternut squash quinoa casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 51 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 11 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 292kcal
Author Wendy Polisi

Equipment

  • 8 x 8 Baking Pan
  • Garlic Mincer
  • Baking Sheet
  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 4 cups butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 shallots minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup of quinoa rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten (optional)
  • ½ cup milk dairy, soy or almond
  • 1 cup Gruyere or Vegan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with olive oil. Add squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots and sage and cook for 8 minutes or until shallots are tender. 
  • Add in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add in quinoa and squash and stir for another minute.
  • Add in broth, black pepper, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low. 
  • Cover and cook for 25 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Move the quinoa mixture to an oven safe pan. In a small bowl, combine milk and eggs and pour over the quinoa mixture. Top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. If desired, broil for two minutes to brown the top.

Notes

Variations for Butternut Squash Quinoa Casserole

  • For add a nutritional punch, add in 8 ounces of sautéed spinach or kale before baking.
  • For a more traditional “holiday feel” Butternut Squash Casserole, omit the cheese. Instead mix 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup toasted pecans, 1/2 cup oats and 1/4 cup flour. Sprinkle on top of the casserole before baking.
  • Saute 6 ounces chopped mushrooms and add to the mixture prior to baking.

Tips for Making Butternut Squash Casserole Recipes

  • This makes a great side dish or vegetarian main course. To make this vegan, omit the eggs and add in an additional 1/4 cup of nut milk. If you would prefer to skip the vegan cheese, breadcrumbs work great here too.

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10295IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 2.5mg