Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Squash Recipe

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golden nugget squashQuinoa and Sausage Stuffed Squash

As soon as I saw these cute little Golden Nugget Squash at the Farm Market I knew I had to find a recipe for them. They look like little pumpkins, so they are perfect for Halloween. I used a recipe from Cooking Light, although I modified it to add more vegetables and changed the sausage to pork sausage. This was delicious, and I will be making it again soon.  The spicy sausage went perfectly with the squash and quinoa, and one squash per adult was the right serving size. The squash had a very mild flavor, so the kids liked it better than something stronger like butternut squash.

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Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Squash Recipe

Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Squash Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 4 Golden Nugget Squash, or other small winter squash
  • 1 lb. hot pork sausage
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese


  1. Cut the top off the squash and scoop out the seeds. Microwave squash, cut side down in a dish with 1 inch of water for 12-15 minutes.
  2. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat, then put the sausage in a bowl.
  3. Pour off the sausage drippings, and then add the onions, carrots, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 10 minutes, and then add to the sausage in the bowl.
  4. Add the quinoa, cheese, salt and pepper to the sausage mix.
  5. At this point you can refrigerate the squash and stuffing until you are ready to cook it. Or you can bake it right away.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350. Stuff the squash with the filling, packing it down to fill the squash. Bake 30 minutes until it is heated through. You can also top with extra cheese if you like.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 571Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1136mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 27g
  • golden nugget squash with top cut off
  1. prepping vegetables

Squash topped with cheese


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