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Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash

Load butternut squash shells with an Italian turkey sausage and squash mixture for a quick and easy meal. Even better, it's surprisingly low in calories. —Katia Slinger, Columbus, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  • Preheat broiler. Cut squash lengthwise in half; discard seeds. Place squash in a large microwave-safe dish, cut side down; add 1/2 in. of water. Microwave, covered, on high until soft, 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble sausage with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.
  • Leaving 1/2-in.-thick shells, scoop flesh from squash and stir it into sausage mixture. Place squash shells on a baking sheet; fill with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with pepper flakes. To serve, cut each half into 2 portions.
Health Tip: Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. It’s important for normal vision and a healthy immune system, and it helps the heart, lungs and kidneys function properly.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 325 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 587mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 12g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.
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  • larajf
    Feb 2, 2021

    It was so good that my husband made a comment on how great it was. He rarely comments. Now, I cooked the squash in the microwave and when I was scooping out the flesh, the shell cracked. That was OK. I turned it into a one skillet meal. I used salt and FlavorGod's Italian Burst seasoning, heated all the way through, put a shredded Italian blend of cheese on top & then the lid. I'll make this again. Oh and I used Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage.

  • Rellierae
    Jan 27, 2021

    Quite tasty! My husband cut the squash for me. The squash cooked nicely in the microwave while I cooked the filling.

  • kolate
    Jan 27, 2020

    No comment left

  • Tomcatlover
    Apr 18, 2019

    Used turkey kielbasa instead of links

  • homemadewithlove
    Oct 17, 2018

    This worked well for a weeknight meal for my husband and me. The squash needs a bit more salt after it is scooped out and I put some buttered bread crumbs on top before baking.

  • PennStateMom
    Feb 4, 2018

    My husband and I LOVED this! Had a hard time cutting the squash so I microwaved it for 5 minutes. Also, used spicy bulk sausage, otherwise followed recipe as written. It's a keeper!

  • ChrissieMA
    Oct 6, 2017

    No comment left

  • jessicadidion
    Mar 28, 2017

    Very good! I had to cook the squash a bit longer than the suggested time in order to get it cooked thoroughly - though I am sure that varies based on the size of the squash. I think this would also be great with acorn squash.