Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine 
Serves 4 (serving size: 3/4 cup)

Are they squash? Are they nachos? These easy, cheesy nacho-style broiled squash slices ("squachos"), which use just 1 pan and 4 ingredients, are the best of both words. Panko breadcrumbs are essential here, as they give the squachos their crunchiness. 


How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

Coat a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange squash in a single layer on pan; sprinkle evenly with cheese and panko. Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese melts and squash begins to brown. Remove pan from oven; sprinkle with chives, salt, and pepper.

Ratings & Reviews


August 02, 2016
I'll admit I'm not a HUGE squash fan but I'll eat it well seasoned and prepared well. I followed recipe to a T (weighing ingredients even to make sure calories and portions were correct). The picture makes it look like a lot more topping than what really is available per recipe and flavor was just ok. It needed something else, like other flavored mixed in panko or more flavorful cheese. I found I had to stop broiling so as not to burn but the squash needed more time to get a little more tender (my slices were 1/4" as recommended, perhaps thinner for some).


March 22, 2017
I made these last night thinking they looked so easy and good...I broiled the squash for a couple of minutes on both sides then topped with the cheese and panko. It burned with in seconds and I had the rack 2 levels down. It appeared that it was the panko that burned. I think you need to mix the panko in with the cheese before topping. I may try again....

3 1/2 stars

December 24, 2016
Pretty darn good.  I'm always looking for a way to get my kid to eat squash and usually putting cheese on food is a good way to get her to at least try it.  (She thought it was just ok.)  DH and I liked them and yes, I did use a bit more cheese.  Wish I'd seen the recommendation to sprinkle on some chili powder.  Great idea.  These took more like 5 minutes for my broiler but I had to watch closely so as not to burn the cheese.  Very easy.  Will make again.


September 24, 2016
Cooking Light is incredible! Especially with this kind of recipe. I liked them as is, but even better sprinkled with chili powder. Sliced green onions work well if you don't have chives

Healthy take on nachos

September 21, 2016
We definitely added more cheese. I  blotted the squash (also used zucchini) between two paper towels before cooking and the squash was still a little soggy after cooling...however, the cheddar helps make it still delicious. If you grew up in the South, this reminds me a lot of the squash casserole my mom used to make (in the microwave!). 


August 15, 2016
The concept is great!!  A few changes I made:  broiled the squash with only salt and pepper on low for about 4 minutes, then put the panko and cheese on and broiled on high until browned. I also added more cheese than the recipe.