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italian stuffed delicata squash on a white plate

Italian Stuffed Delicata Squash

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: dinner


Take advantage of peak squash season. Try this Italian Stuffed Delicata Squash recipe for a simple dinner solution.


  • 2 delicata squashes, sliced vertically and deseeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place delicata squash flesh side down on the baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Cook onion and garlic until onion begins to turn translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until tender.
  4. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, breaking up turkey into small pieces. Drain any excess juices, if needed.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and spinach. Cook until spinach has wilted and juices have reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Remove delicata squash from the oven flipping the squash so flesh side is facing up. Fill the squash wells with Italian turkey filling.
  7. Place back in the oven for 10-15 minutes until squash is fork tender and flavors have soaked into the squash.
  8. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Keywords: squash, delicata squash, turkey

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