Fresh Summer Squash Casserole

Colorful, peak-season vegetables meld with pasta in the cheesy, creamy casserole.

Whole-milk ricotta makes this casserole extra creamy, but the part-skim variety will work just as well.

1 hr Prep: 15 min Cook: 45 min
Serves: 8 Save

Ingredients (13)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 12 ounce whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 6 ounce feta cheese or combination of goat and feta cheeses
  • 1/2 cup 2 percent reduced-fat milk
  • 12 ounce cooked short pasta (such as gemelli or penne)
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into thin strips with a vegetable peeler
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add tomatoes and sauté over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Add chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute.
  3. Combine ricotta, feta and milk in a large mixing bowl; stir well. Add cooked pasta, tomatoes, zucchini, cheese mixture and basil; stir gently.
  4. Transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle butter evenly over top. Sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano, if using. Cover and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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