A side of sautéed kale or mustard greens would provide a nice counterpoint to the sweet butternut squash.
3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 large eggs
2 large egg whites
8 ounces (1-inch) cubed day-old French bread (about 9 cups)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Arrange squash in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven; reduce oven temperature to 350°.
Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, 1/2 cup cheese, pepper, nutmeg, eggs, and egg whites in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in squash and onion mixture. Add bread, and stir gently to combine. Let stand 10 minutes. Spoon into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until pudding is set and lightly browned.
This is delicious!!! I roasted the squash for about 20 minutes, and just used a whole squash (about 5 cups). I also lightly caramelized the onions, deglazing with white wine, before adding garlic and about a Tbsp of fresh thyme. I served this with wilted kale dressed in a champagne vinaigrette. My husband inhaled this!
I thought this was really good. I sautéed some kale with the onions and threw it into the mixture. Used a crusty multigrain bread like another reviewer said. I didn't add any extra herbs though, and did not think it was bland. Only used half the salt too. Will make again.
I took the advice of other reviewers & jazzed this one up the first time I made it...so my rating is after tweaking. I added a little more salt & pepper, plus about a tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary & thyme, plus a dash of cayenne (sage would work well too - I didn't have any). I also added a cup of leftover cubed ham because I needed to use it up, but I think this would be a nice vegetarian dish with the same seasonings. Just a side note, a regular sized butternut squash gave me twice the amount I needed, so I roasted it all & froze the rest for soup.
I read the reviews and understood why it could be bland. So, I added sage ground sausage into the casserole and this made it really filling! I did less bread and added more sage and another garlic clove flavor. Really yummy!
Really satisfying winter vegetarian entree, just add a green salad and you're good to go! Great for leftovers, too. I used a very crusty mulitgrain loaf (I think it was La Brea) to add some fiber, and cut it up the night before to let the bread dry out a bit. Wonderful!
I was disappointed with this recipe after reading all of the other positive reviews. I followed the recipe as written except I added crumbled bacon. All I have to say is -- thank goodness I added the bacon! It was the only flavor! I guess it's not that surprising considering there are no fresh herbs in the recipe. Some fresh thyme or rosemary would probably help a lot. In addition to not being that flavorful, the bread was dry. Also, there must be way more than 1/2 cup parmesan on top of the pudding in the photo. You couldn't even see my 1/2 cup on top!
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