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Summer Squash au Gratin

This little dish would never win the most photogenic prize at the state fair culinary competition, but it would acquire a blue ribbon in the taste category.

This is your recipe, if you want to switch up your plain grilled veggies.  The zucchini, summer squash, and onions bake in their own juices until tender, and the crisp breadcrumbs with Parmesan turns it all into a comforting side dish.

It’s positively worth turning the oven on for! 

Summer Squash au Gratin


2 pounds zucchini and yellow crookneck squash
1 large red onion, sliced
¼ cup olive oil
1/3 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon flaked salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove stem ends and slice the squash cross-wise into ¼” slices.
Slice onion into ¼” slices.
Toss veggies with olive oil to coat.
Arrange in a 9” x 12” rectangular or round baking dish or a 10” pie plate.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is crispy.




  1. Mmmm that does look good and there is so much squash around at present. Will give it a try. Have a good day Diane

  2. Ahh second one that tempts me today.
    I could live on veggies!

  3. Pam, For the first many years of my life, I avoided squash. In the last few years, I've grown to like it. We frequently steam it and add parmesan cheese over the top and I've sauteed it with garlic and onion flakes. I like your spin on the preparation of this vegetable staple... Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Pam this gratin look absolutely amazing!!!! love it!

  5. Zuchinni and squash are just perfect summer veggies. Love it with the olive oil and Parmesan.

    Blessings, Catherine.

  6. Pam, this sounds fantastic and I love the cheese and bread crumb topping. You will please everyone with this one.

  7. What a delightful way to use up those summer squash!

  8. These ingredients are all so delicious!! It's a winner for me!

  9. It's all about the taste... and it looks like you've got all of that. Love this summer squash recipe!!

  10. This looks really good. This a great way to use up the summer garden squash.

  11. Pam,
    Your Squash gratin looks so inviting, especially with that crumb topping. We'll have to try this one soon. Love the grilled veggies

  12. Such a tempting side dish! I need more summer squash ASAP!

  13. I am going to the Farmer's market so I can try this out!

  14. And the zucchini just keeps on giving. Another winner, Pam - all these lean protein and vegetable recipes work for me!

  15. This looks beautiful to me! I want to make a tian before the summer squash runs out so I'm pinning this to try!

  16. I love all the food you have here. Everything you make, I would eat. Even the stuff I never tried before.

    PS: Playing catchup on your posts.


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