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Scalloped Pumpkin and Spinach

HOWARD L. PUCKETT
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Serve a fun fall side dish packed with the earthy flavors of fresh pumpkin, ground nutmeg, and spinach. Shredded Swiss cheese adds creamy texture to the savory casserole.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed peeled fresh pumpkin (2 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry

Nutrition Information

  • calories 189
  • caloriesfromfat 25 %
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 1.8 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 13.5 g
  • carbohydrate 25.6 g
  • fiber 5.2 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 421 mg
  • calcium 377 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Cook pumpkin in boiling water 8 minutes or until tender. Drain; set aside.

  3. Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat; add onion, and sauté 7 minutes or until golden brown. Remove onion from skillet, and set aside.

  4. Add flour to skillet. Gradually add broth, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat or until thick and bubbly (about 6 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in salt, nutmeg, and pepper.

  5. Combine pumpkin, onion, 1/4 cup cheese, and spinach in a bowl. Spoon pumpkin mixture into a 6-cup gratin dish coated with cooking spray. Pour sauce over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over gratin. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

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