Roasted Butternut Squash with Cornbread Stuffing

This is a great way to dress up butternut squash! 

I love stuffing, especially during the holidays this time of year.  This recipe is not the stuffing I make to stuff the turkey ~ I’ll post that next week.  However, this could be increased and would work fine for Thanksgiving dinner as a turkey stuffing or as a vegetarian entrée with the squash.

This is a simple side dish that is filled with good dried cranberries and raisins, fresh sage and parsley, along with pecans and crumbled cornbread.  You can make the cornbread a couple of days ahead of time or even buy it at the market.  Then combine all the ingredients, fill the squash and bake.  It’s delicious and a perfect match for acorn or butternut squash. 

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cornbread Stuffing


1 small to medium butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup golden raisins
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup vegetable broth
3 tablespoons pecans, chopped
1½ cups baked and crumbled cornbread
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
Brush cut sides with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Place cut side down on baking sheet.
Roast until tender, about 25 minutes.
Soak dried fruit in hot water 10 minutes.
Drain and discard liquid.  Set aside.

Heat remaining oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onion and garlic, sauté 5 minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients with onion mixture.
Place cornbread stuffing into each squash half.
Return squash to oven and bake about 20 minutes, until stuffing is well heated and golden brown on top.
Makes about 2½ cups stuffing.

It’s simply delicious!

Check out my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for her great recipes and cookbook giveaway!


  1. I love your presentation Pam. It looks delicious.

  2. Que presentación más bonita, esto la verdad es que se ve rico.


  3. My husband and I last night were just talking about how much we love stuffing! Tis the Season!

    Great recipe Pam!

  4. Katerina, it is delicious! Thanks!

    jose manuel, gracias! El relleno es delicioso con la calabaza.

  5. Design Wine and Dine, you said it all! It's my favorite at the Thanksgiving table!

  6. I love the way you've fancied up one of our favorite winter veggies, Pam. We love stuffing and I can't wait to try this recipe. I have a nice big squash on my kitchen counter just waiting to be baked.

  7. I just cut my squash into pieces and it is roasting in the oven...darn it. Next time for sure....

  8. It's definitely the season for Butternut Squash! It is my fam's fav fall veggie. Yummy!

  9. Such pretty butternut squash!!
    I wonder if i can get them here...?

  10. Love butternut squash and the stuffing sounds fabulous! Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. We are real squash people and this is inspiring.

  12. What a perfect Autumn pretty and satisfying!

  13. To me this looks such an unusual stuffing that I am trying to imagine the taste!

    We don't seem to have squash like yours here.

  14. Great recipe Pam! I am going to add this to my Thanksgiving recipes! It is a wonderful twist on traditional recipes I serve at that time.

  15. Cathy, this goes good with squash. Hope you try it!

    bellini valli, yum! I love it cubed and roasted. Easy and good.

    JG, it is a great veggie that we really like also.

    Meldylocks and Her Three Bears, I sure hope you can! Have a good evening!

    Marguerite, thanks! The cornbread goes with it well.

    StephenC, thanks! There is actually very little butternut squash in the markets here. Kind of strange.

    Lyndsey, yes! Have a great weekend!

    Alessandra, too bad as it's really a flavorful squash and it's great with the stuffing.

  16. I have lots of cornbread left from the cornbread muffins I made recently so would love to duplicate this recipe. Butternut squash is my favorite! I'll just have to leave out the raisins for the husband ;)

  17. Love the look of that stuffed butternut squash! It must be very tasty with all the flavors added into the stuffing!

  18. This sounds fantastic...I collect all types of "holiday" recipes...and this one's definitely a keeper :D And I do love it stuffed into a squash for service...nice!

  19. Pam, this looks absolutely wonderful. I'll wager it tastes every bit as good as it looks. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  20. What a great idea - to stuff squash with stuffing!

  21. I have never, ever seen stuffing filled squash. What a creative and delicious idea, Pam! I'm definitely going to try this. =)

    P.S. We eloped on the 5th!!! <3

  22. My hubby is a vegetarian, but he, like most people, loves stuffing! This would be a great recipe to serve him on Turkey Day. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you are having a relaxing weekend!

  23. I have a ton of winter squash sitting here and i'm so excited to stuff them with this! Sounds so tasty.

  24. Cornbread stuffing is my favorite and what a great way to serve it.

  25. I so need to make some cornbread stuffing this year! LOVE it in the squash!

  26. This looks like the perfect accompaniment to the pork tenderloins I have brining.


  27. What a lovely dish. This old southern girl adores cornbread and is always looking for ways to use it.


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