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October 28, 2020

Stuffed Honeynut Squash: Vegetarian

honeynut squash recipe

If you haven't tried honeynut squash yet, this is your push to do so! These mini versions of butternut squash may be small, but they're packed with flavour. And they make the perfect vessel for stuffing. This stuffed honeynut squash recipe is made with farro, meaty mushrooms, parsley, lemon, parmesan and pine nuts. Such simple ingredients, but they all work so well at making this roasted honeynut squash anything but ordinary.  

honeynut squash recipe

What is Honeynut Squash?

I first came across a honeynut squash a few years back at the farmers market and instantly fell in love. They look like a mini butternut squash, but taste even better.

Here's what you need to know about honeynut squash:

Honeynut squash has TWO TO THREE times as much beta-carotene than butternut squash!

honeynut squash cut open

The Ingredients

Here are all the ingredients you'll need to make this stuffed honeynut squash recipe.

Honeynut squash

Because these are much smaller than butternut squash, I would serve one per person. If you're having this as a side, you could serve half per person. It truly depends on you, your hunger and your needs!

honeynut squash halved

Farro

This ancient grain is one of my favourites to cook with. It has a nutty flavour and chew unlike other grains.

You can see how I use farro in this farro mushrooms risotto and in this farro and arugula salad.

Mushrooms

Feel free to use whichever mushrooms you like the best. I use a mix of cremini and shiitake.

shiitake mushrooms

Parmesan

If you need to keep this dairy-free or vegan, omit the parmesan. But otherwise, it adds a really nice finish.

Pine nuts

One of my favourite nuts! They have so much flavour when toasted and pair perfectly in this stuffed honeynut squash recipe.

Parsley

To add some green, I like using parsley on top with a little squeeze of lemon (and zest) for acidity.

honeynut squash recipe

How to Cook Honeynut Squash

The other great thing about cooking honeynut squash is that you can cook it in less time than regular butternut squash. To roast your honeynut squash, simply cut it down the middle (much easier than cutting a butternut!), scoop the seeds out and drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. From there, you'll place it on a roasting pan and cook it at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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How to Make Stuffed Squash

To make this honeynut stuffed squash recipe, you'll want to cook the squash first.

Prep the squash: simply, cut the squash in half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds and any of the strands and pulp from the centre.

honeynut squash halved with seeds being scooped

Cook the squash: place the cut squash on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. Then flip them over so the cut side is facing down. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes at 425 degrees, until a fork can easily be pierced.

oven baked honeynut squash

Cook the farro: add the rinsed farro to a pot of water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 35 to 40 minutes, until tender, but still chewy and al dente. Season with salt and a drizzle of oil and set aside.

Cook the mushrooms: first, you'll want to simply wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel, then roughly tear them. I prefer leaving them in larger chunks for this recipe because it provides more texture. I prefer roasting the mushrooms in the oven at 400 degrees. Simply toss them with some oil, salt and pepper. You can also cook these on a pan if you wish.

cooked mushrooms on baking sheet

Assemble the stuffed squash: add the mushrooms together with the farro in the same pot you used to cook the farro and toss. Place this mixture in the squash.

Quick broil: once the squash is stuffed, top with pine nuts and parmesan. Broil on high for one minute, until the cheese is melted and the pine nuts are toasted.

honeynut squash recipe

Top with parsley, lemon juice and zest. Serve and enjoy!

honeynut squash recipe

Tips and Options

Here are some tips to make this stuffed honeynut squash:

  • Prep ahead of time: you can easily cook the farro and the squash ahead of time. Then simply cook the mushrooms and toss with the farro. Then stuff that in the squash and heat it up in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or so. Top with cheese, and pine nuts and then broil for one minute.
  • Add some protein: you can easily add in some crumbled sausage to the stuffing to make this more satiating if you wish. Feel free to use a veggie sausage to keep it vegan or vegetarian.
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Substitutions

Gluten Free: feel free to swap the farro for wild rice, or regular rice. I think wild rice would be best as it's more similar in texture.

Vegan: omit the parmesan and use some nutritional yeast or another vegan parmesan substitute.

Honeynut squash: swap the honeynut squash for acorn squash or butternut squash. Although I much prefer honeynut, any type of squash will work.

If you make this stuffed honeynut squash recipe, I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to tag me on Instagram, and/or leave a comment, rating or review below.

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Stuffed Honeynut Squash: Vegetarian

This easy and delicious vegetarian stuffed honeynut squash recipe is made with farro, mushrooms and cooks in about 40 minutes total!

Prep:
10
min
cook:
40
min
total:
50
min
servings:
4
Author:

Jaclyn

Ingredients


  • 1 cup farro drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 honeynut squash halved, seeds removed
  • pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 110 g cremini mushrooms about 5, torn into chunks
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms stem removed, torn into chunks
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp shaved parmesan
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley for topping, optional
Instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (218ºC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the rinsed farro to a pot of water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 35 to 40 minutes, until tender, but still chewy and al dente. Season with salt and a drizzle of oil and set aside.
  3. Place the cut squash on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with half of the oil, salt and pepper. Then flip them over so the cut side is facing down. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes, until a fork can easily be pierced.
  4. Turn the oven down to 400ºF (204ºC). Toss the torn mushrooms with the remaining oil, salt and pepper. Place on the same baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until cooked through.
  5. Alternatively, you can place this in the oven on the second rack at the same time as the squash and cook for less time.
  6. Add the mushrooms to the same pot you used to cook the farro and toss together. Place this mixture in the squash.
  7. Top with pine nuts and parmesan. Broil on high for one minute, until the cheese is melted and the pine nuts are toasted.
  8. Remove and squeeze lemon juice on top and add zest. Top with parsley. Serve and enjoy!

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