Meatball-stuffed squash with spinach sauce

Meatball-stuffed squash with spinach sauce

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Serves 2

This hearty, low-calorie squash recipe is packed with punchy flavours – beef, almonds, olives and Parmesan, topped with a tomato and spinach sauce

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal491
  • fat20g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre9g
  • protein43g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 2 small squash, such as acorn (each about 300g), halved and deseeded
  • 1 shallot
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, sage & basil
  • 20g whole almonds, chopped
    Almond

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 20g stoned black olives
  • 40g Parmesan cheese, grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 250g lean beef mince

For the spinach sauce

  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 200g chopped tomatoes (from a can)
  • 200ml hot vegetable stock
  • 100g spinach
    Spinach

    Spinach

    spin-atch

    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Put the squash halves in a roasting tin, spoon 1 tbsp water into each half and cook them in the oven for about 30 mins.

  2. Put the shallot, herbs, almonds, olives and half the Parmesan cheese in a small food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Tip everything into a bowl, add the mince and season. Mix thoroughly, then divide into 12 rough portions.

  3. Shape the mixture into six balls and divide between each squash half. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Turn the oven down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and bake for 20-30 mins until the mince is cooked through.

  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a small pan, add the garlic and cook it for 1 min until it’s just starting to turn golden. Add the tomatoes and stock and season well. Simmer for 15 mins, then stir in the spinach and allow it to wilt. Spoon the sauce over the squash and serve.

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reevey
9th Mar, 2017
2.55
Disappointing meal despite all the extra's I threw at it. Tom is a good diver but this recipe scored just 6/10 and I wouldn't repeat it in a hurry
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