Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole

Wild rice -- a healthy whole grain -- adds a delightfully toothsome texture to this butternut squash side dish. Before you purchase, peel and chop a whole squash, check your produce department for packaged, ready-to-use cubed squash (it makes this dish a breeze).



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Ingredients
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    1 - 1 1/2  pounds 
    butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
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    1 - 2   tablespoons 
    olive oil
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    2  6  ounce package 
    long grain and wild rice mix
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    3/4  cup 
    chopped onions
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    3/4  cup 
    chopped celery
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    3/4  cup 
    chopped carrots
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    1/3  cup 
    butter
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    2  10 1/2 - 10 3/4 ounce can 
    condensed chicken with white and wild rice soup or cream of chicken soup
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    1  8  ounce carton 
    sour cream
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    2/3  cup 
    dry white wine or chicken broth
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    1/4  cup 
    snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
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    1 1/2  cups 
    finely shredded Parmesan cheese (6 ounces)

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl toss squash with oil to coat; spread into a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Roast about 20 minutes or until light brown and tender, stirring twice. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
2.
Meanwhile, prepare rice mix according to package directions; set aside. In a large skillet cook onions, celery, and carrots in hot butter over medium heat until tender. Stir in soup, sour cream, wine, and basil. Stir in cooked rice mix, roasted squash, and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.
3.
Transfer rice mixture to a 2-1/2- to 3-quart casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until heated through.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Prepare as directed, except cool cooked rice, roasted squash, and cooked vegetables before combining with ingredients in Step 2. Stir in 1/2 cup milk with the soup and sour cream. Turn off oven. Cover tightly; chill for up to 24 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of squash mixture registers 165 degrees F.
Tip
  • * To tote this casserole, prepare and bake as directed. Remove from oven; cover tightly with foil. Place casserole in an insulated casserole carrier with heating packs. Tote casserole to destination. Serve within 2 hours. Or tote tightly covered unbaked casserole in a cooler with cold packs to destination; bake as directed after arriving.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 357, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 39, sat. fat (g) 9, carb. (g) 42, Monosaturated fat (g) 5, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 4, pro. (g) 11, vit. A (IU) 82, vit. C (mg) 18, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 24, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 1136, Potassium (mg) 327, calcium (mg) 252, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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