Quinoa stuffed squash

    45 min

    A delicious quinoa dish that works as a vegetarian main or a side. A baked delicata squash is stuffed with a mixture of quinoa, shallots and pine nuts. Feel free to experiment with other winter squashes.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 large delicata squash, halved lengthways and seeded
    • 50g butter, divided
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 170g uncooked quinoa
    • 475ml water
    • 2 shallots, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 50g pine nuts

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Arrange the squash halves cut side up in a baking dish. Fill dish with about 5mm water. Place 15g butter on each half and season halves with salt and pepper. Cover dish and bake squash 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until very tender.
    3. Place quinoa in a pot with 475ml water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
    4. Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in shallots and garlic; cook until tender. Stir in pine nuts and cook until golden. Gently mix into the pot with the cooked quinoa.
    5. Cut the squash halves in half and fill each quarter with the quinoa mixture. Serve each stuffed squash quarter on a bed of the remaining quinoa mixture.


    If delicata squash is unavailable, substitute in sweet potatoes or butternut squash.

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    A good beginning to a delicata squash recipe. My changes included using olive oil to saute the shallots/garlic, and a little roasted red pepper that I added. In addition, you should definitely cook quinoa (and rice for that matter) in veggie broth... not only does it add nutritional value, but a great deal of flavor!  -  17 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Terrific recipe! I altered slightly by using leeks instead of shallots and sliced almonds instead of pine nuts. I also added goat cheese on top of the finished product. Just delicious. I would make this again and would definitely serve to guests.  -  28 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    great recipe but no need to bake the squash - cut it, seed it and steam it - I use a rice cooker and put the sieve/strainer in on top of the quinoa -- everything done at once -- then saute the rest of the ingredients and add to the quinoa when it is cooked --  -  15 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)