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Ground Beef Stuffed Butternut Squash on plate
Time to make
Time to make:
45 minutes
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1/2 squash

Ground Beef Stuffed Butternut Squash

Recipe Type

A great recipe for using your winter squash.



  • 2 large butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil)
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 4 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut the butternut squash into halves and remove its seeds with a spoon. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lay the butternut squash halves on it. Roast for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the ground beef and cook it until brown, stirring often. Add the onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until the onion softens.

Add the tomato, bell pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Stir and cook further for about 15 minutes on medium-low heat. Remove the roasted butternut squash from the oven and scoop out some of the flesh, to make room for the stuffing. Stuff the butternut squash halves equally with the beef mixture and top with grated Parmesan. Return to the oven and cook for 10 more minutes.

Dietary and Nutrition


Butternut squash is a type of winter squash. Many types of winter squash are available, including acorn, buttercup, butternut, delicata, hubbard and spaghetti squash. Winter squash is an excellent source fiber and is high in beta-carotene which our bodies use to make vitamin A.

Learn more about squash
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Field to Fork Winter Squash! (FN1801, Reviewed Jan. 2020)

Squash has been used as a nutritious food for thousands of years in North America. You might find buttercup, butternut, acorn and/or spaghetti squash in your local grocery store.

Let's Enjoy Winter Squash! (FN1979, July 2020)

Winter squash is a nutrient-rich food and an excellent source of fiber. This handout provides tips and recipes for preparing and preserving winter squash.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.