Squash and Pork Casserole

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (preferably whole-wheat)
  • 1 14 .5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup low-fat small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend (5 ounces)
  • 1 large yellow squash, halved crosswise and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, breaking up the pork, until slightly browned, 2 minutes. Add the garlic, mushrooms, half of the scallions and 2 tablespoons panko; cook 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, half of the parsley and 1/3 cup water. Increase the heat to high; cook until slightly thickened, 3 minutes.

  • Combine the cottage cheese, 3/4 cup Mexican cheese and the remaining parsley in a bowl. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons panko in a 9-inch-square baking dish. Top with half of the squash, overlapping slightly; season with salt. Top with two-thirds of the pork sauce and the cheese mixture. Add the remaining squash; season with salt. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons panko, pork sauce and 1/2 cup Mexican cheese.

  • Cover with foil and bake until the cheese melts and the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover and turn on the broiler; broil until golden, 2 minutes. Top with the remaining scallions.

  • Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

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