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Cheesy Butternut Squash Casserole
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Cheesy Butternut Squash Casserole

The ultimate savory Butternut Squash Casserole with Parmesan-creamed kale, nutty Gruyere cheese, and a toasted walnut-sourdough topping. This stunning side dish will be the hit of your next holiday gathering.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 376kcal

Equipment

  • 10.75 x 7.5-inch Staub Ceramic Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin oive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (depending on desired level of heat)
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, stems and ribs removed, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup, plus 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 lbs. peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere or gouda cheese
  • 2 cups torn or roughly chopped sourdough bread
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF.
    Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Once hot, add onion; cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until soft. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in kale and cook until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in heavy cream, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, fresh thyme, salt and pepper; simmer mixture until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Arrange butternut squash in a greased 10.75 x 7.5-inch Staub Ceramic Baking Dish (sub 11x7-inch baking dish). Carefully pour kale mixture over butternut squash, stirring to make sure it gets into all the crevices. Scatter Gruyere cheese overtop.
    Loosely cover casserole with foil and bake at 425ºF for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine sourdough, walnuts, remaining 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and a small pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Massage oil into bread mixture until well-coated.
    Remove casserole from oven and discard foil. Scatter sourdough mixture overtop and return casserole to the oven. Bake, uncovered, for 15 more minutes, until the squash is tender and filling is thickened. Broil for the final 1 to 2 minutes for a more golden-brown crust, if desired. 
    Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • To Make-Ahead: Peel and cube the butternut squash up to 3 days ahead. You can also stem and chop the kale up to 1 day ahead. Refrigerate each in a separate airtight storage container.
  • Store: Cover and refrigerate leftover casserole for up to 5 days. You can also store individual portions in  Zwilling Fresh & Save storage containers to keep the casserole fresh up to five times longer.
  • To Reheat: For best results, rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350ºF. You can reheat in the microwave in a pinch.
  • To Freeze: Freeze casserole in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in a 350ºF oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 425mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g