Stuffed Delicata Squash

If you’ve been reading very long, then you know what a huge fan I am of delicata squash. And if you haven’t been reading long and want some kind of proof; you can read here, here, and here. Told you!

Stuffed Delicata Sqush

So you’re probably wondering why I love delicata squash so much and why it pretty much rules as Best.Squash.Ever!!!

  • Delicata squash is one of the easiest squashes to work with. It’s the squash for lazy people. The skin is super thin, so it’s really easy to chop unroasted. It’s also really easy to eat…. sorry guys, but the skin on a kabocha squash is just too tough for me to eat.
  • The flavor of delicata squash is so mild and lovely… it will pretty much take on the taste of whatever seasonings your using. I absolutely love it roasted with a little salt and plenty of cinnamon.
  • Like all winter squash, delicata squash is a great source of beta carotene—the same compound the body converts to vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, healthy skin and a strong ­immune system.
  • Because of it’s small size and thin skin, delicata squash cooks up really quickly, especially when it’s sliced. When I make my cinnamon roasted squash, I cut the squash into slices and in 20 minutes at 400 degrees F., it’s ready to go.
  • A 1/2 cup delicata squash only has 20 calories and is fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free and is an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C.

Stuffed Delicata Sqush

This recipe is super simple. Start by slicing off the ends of the squash.

How to cut a Delicata Sqush

Slice your squash in half, vertically and firmly scrap a spoon along the middle of the squash to remove all seeds. Delicata squash is much easier to deseed than other squash varieties. If you’re not stuffing your squash and are planning to just roast it with seasoning; slice it horizontally in 1/2 inch slices and lay it out on a baking sheet to roast at 400 degrees F. for about 20 mins.

How to cut a Delicata Sqush

Stuffed Delicata Squash

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 stuffed squash halves

Serving Size: 1 stuffed squash half

Stuffed Delicata Squash

My favorite squash, stuffed to the brim with deliciousness!


  • 3 large delicata squash, sliced vertically and deseeded
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 large scallion, diced (you could sub 1/2 cup onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt (use your favorite)
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Brown meat in a large skillet over med-high heat. Dash salt and pepper over meat. After meat has been cooking for about 2-3 minutes, add scallion and garlic.
  • Meanwhile, you may want to pop the squash in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes depending on how large your squash is. I did not take this step, but you may want to, to soften the squash up a bit.
  • Once meat is almost fully cooked, add tomatoes, seasoning salt and spinach. Stir to combine and continue to cook until spinach is wilted. This should only take a couple of minutes.
  • Use a slotted (this will help drain excess liquid) spoon to spoon the turkey mixture into the squash halves. Fill them as full as possible. You may have extra turkey mixture; which makes a very tasty salad topping.
  • Bake stuffed squash at 400 degrees F. for 20 to 30 minutes, until tops are browned and squash is soft.
  • Enjoy!

Stuffed Delicata Sqush

Sometimes I have a hard time finding delicata squash. It’s hit or miss at my local grocery stores…. if you’re in the same boat I am, use acorn squash instead. If you love stuffed squash, you may also enjoy my turkey, spinach and artichoke stuffed acorn squash recipe or my Italian stuffed acorn squash.

Something to think about….

Have you ever tried delicata squash? If so, how did you cook it?

What is your favorite winter squash variety?

Any fun plans this weekend? I have a super busy weekend. Brad and I are planning to go to a Fall festival (if the weather holds out) on Saturday, Madelyn has a horse show on Sunday and I have 20 miles to fit in somewhere.

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  1. Yum! This looks so delicious. I’ve gotta try stuffing my squash!
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves Fascinating Friday Links #9My Profile

  2. KIM!!!! How did you know I ate stuffed delicata squash last night?!?!? slightly different recipe but it was amazing. You’ve got me hooked in delicata!
    Davida @The Healthy Maven Peanut Butter Dill Pickle HummusMy Profile

  3. I love that you called this the squash for lazy people!! ;) You crack me up! You really are right, though. I was AMAZED (pleasantly) by how easy it was to cut up for roasting. That is my kind of squash!
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Friday Foodie Favorites: October 25, 2013My Profile

  4. I am OBSESSED with delicata right now!
    jessiebearwhat WIAW- Switching it UpMy Profile

  5. This sounds good! I still have yet to try delicata squash, I have seen it in stores around though which is good. It took me forever to find Kabocha squash.
    Nicole @ FruitnFitness Artisinal Dish OcalaMy Profile

  6. Looks amazing! Why don’t you come over and make this for me?! :)

    Happy weekend to you and the family girl! <3
    Katie Diva 5 Spill FridayMy Profile

  7. Looks amazing! I have yet to buy the squash at Trader Joes because I have been taking the easy way out and buying the Costco chopped butternut squash– just a time saver these days!
    Laura@ Fit Running Mama Friday 5 and Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip RecipeMy Profile

  8. This looks divine! I have been meaning to use squash as a base for my meal. I love the sweet and salty combo of this recipe!

  9. Yum! This looks amazing! I just picked up a delicata squash today so I might have to make this for lunch this week. Thanks for sharing!
    Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome Clean Eating, Grocery Shopping and Meal PlanningMy Profile

  10. What another great looking recipe!! I don’t know that I’ve seen delicata squash but I’m about to go to the market to do my weekly shop so will have a look for it.
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats I panicked and got the dipsMy Profile

  11. I’ve never tried delicata squash, but I do enjoy stuffing spaghetti squash. This dish looks delicious… as they always do. Hope you and Brad had a lovely time at the festival =)
    Jessie Zombie SurvivalMy Profile

  12. love this idea!! I’ve actually never had delicata squash but I see it at the grocery store all the time right now, of course. I think this may be the perfect recipe to use to get my husband to try it :)
    Danica @ It’s Progression workout log: 10/27 – 11/2My Profile

  13. This looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to try it! thanks for sharing.

  14. I saw these at TJ’s last week and almost grabbed a couple, but didn’t know anything about them. I will pick some up next time I am there and give them a try. I’m a die hard kabocha fan, but yes sometimes that skin can wear on my tummy. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I have been searching high and low for delicata squash in local grocery stores. Including places like Reasors, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Sprouts. Any suggestions where I can search for this delicious little squash?! My mouth is watering to try some of these recipes.

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