Cheesy stuffed squash

Cheesy stuffed squash

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(23 ratings)

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


Serves 4 - 6
This easy cheesy mince and squash recipe makes a fab family meal

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal471
  • fat27g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 2 butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 500g pack minced lamb
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 100g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 100g goat's cheese or feta, crumbled
  • mint leaves, to serve (optional)



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  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.

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20th Apr, 2015
I cooked my squash for an extra 15 mins under the grill and then allowed to cool - so much easier to scoop the flesh out - crumbled in a lamb stock cube - delicious. Not sure though if it should be served alongside anything and what would be best .....
3rd May, 2013
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
25th Oct, 2012
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.
23rd Jun, 2012
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.
2nd Mar, 2012
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.
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19th Nov, 2011
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.
9th Oct, 2011
Loved it! Will defiantly make it again
23rd Dec, 2010
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.
27th Oct, 2010
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.
26th Sep, 2010
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. :)


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