Mom's Stuffed Pattypan Squash

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is my favorite of our family recipes. I've listed it as my mom always made, but I love to play with it. On Mexican night, I'll add a pinch of cumin or chili powder and use a Mexican cheese like Queso Ranchero. On Italian night, I'll add a pinch of Italian seasoning and use mozzerella cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place pattipans in boiling water and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Make white sauce with butter, flour, salt and milk. (On medium heat, melt butter, stir in flour and brown slightly, add salt, then add milk a little at a time, stirring constantly. (I usually use a about a third more milk than written above.) Once all milk is added, continue to cook and stir for a minute or two.
  4. Turn off heat, add cheese and crushed saltines to white sauce and stir.
  5. Scoop out the middle of each pattipan to make little "bowls". (I use my grapefruit knife.) Turn the pattipans over on a plate (so the juices drain out) and set aside.
  6. Add scooped out portion of squash to sauce and mash with a potato masher. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. Fill squash with the sauce, pouring the excess over the top.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until done.
  9. Note: If using table salt, use only a pinch rather than 1/8 t.


Most Helpful

I made this recipe last night, I have never eaten Patty Pan Squash ever before, I liked it. I changed the saltines to 18 ritz crackers instead, and a hint of parm on top, next time I am going to add Panko crumbs on top to give it a little baked crunch, and perhaps a little sautéed onion, and a sharper cheese. Fun veggie, thanks for sharing.

Penny W. August 10, 2016

What a fun recipe! They were simple to make, and we enjoyed them as a vegetarian main dish. I did add some Italian seasoning and garlic, as suggested, and used "Pizza" cheese. Then I sprinkled the tops with Parmesan and a handful of real bacon bits (from a jar) before baking.

TexasToast R August 09, 2009

This was very good served with my braised beef dinner. I used the cheddar cheese and added a pinch of garlic powder. Delicious! I will be making these again. Made for Review My Recipe Tag. Thanks for a great recipe Julie!

ElaineAnn February 25, 2007

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