Cheesy stuffed squash

Cheesy stuffed squash

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins Ready in 50 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4 - 6

This easy cheesy mince and squash recipe makes a fab family meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
471
protein
31g
carbs
29g
fat
27g
saturates
12g
fibre
3g
sugar
0g
salt
0.56g

Ingredients

  • 2 butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g pack minced lamb
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 100g couscous
  • 100g goat's cheese or feta, crumbled
  • mint leaves, to serve (optional)

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Method

  1. Heat grill to high. Place squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, season and pop under the grill. Cook for 15 mins, turn and cook 15 mins more until softened. Scoop out the fl esh, and chop.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a pan over a high heat. Cook the mince for 10 mins. Mix in the purée, cumin and couscous. Add 100ml/3½fl oz water. Cover, remove from heat. Leave for 10 mins.
  3. Tip in the squash with most of the cheese. Fluff up the couscous. Pile into the hollow squash. Top with remaining cheese and grill until bubbling.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005

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jacquimeredith's picture
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Very good, easy and quick healthy recipe. Butternut neds a lot longer under the grill to soften. Probably half the time. Also would recommend adding stock cube, Worcester sauce and a few extra veggies to mince to make it tastier

pizgloria's picture

This is a lovely dish for autumn and really easy to make. I first came across this recipe a couple of years ago and now it's a family favourite. Full of flavour.

homedad's picture

I loved this. I used soya mince and veg stock with chillies and extra Feta and roasted the squash rather than grill it. I did find the squash quite difficult to handle when trying to remove the flesh. I managed but i will score it and loosen the flesh before roasting it the next time. I think I'll also add extra mint as it was a nice addition to the recipe. My family all loved this and said it was their favourite favourite this year.

pinkfluffychic's picture
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Disaster.
Butternut squash took forever to grill, and then all the skin completely collapsed so couldn't serve the meat inside it.
Couldn't taste the cheese, so not sure what the point was.
Will not make again.

vikingpurplepenguin's picture
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Loved this. Added smoked tabasco after it was cooked for a bit of zing, might add it to the mixture next time. My squash went quite squishy after allt he grilling, but managed to stay together.

hrmoroney's picture
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Loved it! Will defiantly make it again

gxf00u's picture
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Thank you for the suggestions!

I used lamb stock rather than water, a little chilli oil, flaked chilli and chopped apricots.

All in all a lovely dinner ... served with green salad.

benjicasper's picture

This was very nice & filling i used veggie mince as i am a vegeterian & added a oxo cube to the mince to give it more flavour,very fiddly getting the sqush out to chop made quite a mess,but i would certainly make this again.

splodgemeister's picture
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Just finished eating this. It was very nice BUT I think my squash cooked for too long so when the flesh had been taken out the "hollow squash" was too soft and nearly impossible to stuff! It didn't look a bit like the picture but it still tasted yummy!! Think I'd be more careful if I was serving this to guests! Also might try the suggestions of stock or wine. :)

freckles86's picture
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Lovely recipe but was missing something - the mince looked a little anaemic! I'm going to do this again this evening but perhaps adding some red wine to make it a little richer.

innyminy's picture
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We love this, had it several times.
Trying it on some friends this weekend....!!

sarahjbayley's picture
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Love this recipe.It's a regular in our house and always goes down well.I add a little lamb stock and some chopped dried apricots.

mmm204's picture
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Very tasted - added a pinch of chilli to the mixture.

helenweir's picture
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Tasty. I think I might add a few sultanas next time.

e_leachums's picture
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I bought a butternut squash and didn't know what to do with it until I found this recipe. It was lovely and easy to make, and tasted really autumnal!

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