Apple & Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash


Let this cute little vegetarian stuffed squash side dish steal the show at the dinner table! Butternut squash is stuffed with a sweet and savory filling that gets a crispy finish under the broiler. If you can't find small butternut squash, honeynut squash is a great alternative. Shaped much like a butternut squash (but smaller), the honeynut squash has a deep orange skin and sweet flesh.

Apple & Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash
Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
4 stuffed squash halves


  • 2 small (about 1 lb. each) butternut squash or honeynut squash

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 cup finely chopped celery

  • ¾ cup finely chopped Honeycrisp apple

  • 3 small cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

  • ¾ cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Place rack in upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds and stringy pulp. Sprinkle the cavities with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the squash halves cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Roast until tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Switch oven to broil. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, apple, garlic, sage and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in panko and pecans.

  3. When the squash halves are cool enough to handle, gently scoop 2 to 3 tablespoons of flesh from each half, and coarsely chop. Add the chopped squash to the vegetable mixture, stirring to combine. Divide the vegetable mixture evenly among the squash cavities. Broil until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
9g Fat
33g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 half squash
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 12193IU 244%
Vitamin C 29mg 32%
Folate 49mcg 12%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 56mg 13%
Potassium 585mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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