Stuffed Honeynut Squash

Stuffed Honeynut squash on a platter.

Have you seen these cute little HoneyNut Squash at your grocery store?  They’ve just started popping up in a few of our markets and I am captivated by their compact size.  These aren’t those 4-pound butternut behemoths.  They’re pint-sized miniatures and they fit in the palm of even my lilliputian hands.  And they’re fabulous when stuffed!

This post is sponsored by Parmigiano Reggiano. I wasn’t compensated for the article, but I did receive complimentary parmesan for use in the recipe.  All opinions are my own.

Honey Nut Squash

HoneyNut Squash are sweeter than butternut and because of their smaller size, they cook faster.  Bonus!!   I thought a hearty, savory filling would go well with its honey-like  flavor.  For this recipe I used  a hearty blend of vegetables, whole grains and Parmigiano Reggiano – the authentic parmesan.

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Cut Honeynut Squash

For this recipe, I roasted the squash before stuffing them — just slice them in half (it’s really easy because they’re so small) and scoop out the seeds and pulp.

Honeynut Squash on baking sheet
sauteed vegetables
adding kale

I brushed them with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkled on salt and placed them face down on the parchment paper to roast for 20 minutes.

adding cheese

While the squash cooked, I assembled the stuffing.  Onions and mushrooms got a quick saute before adding the chopped kale and a little broth.  The broth helps wilt the kale.

stuffing squash
baked Savory Stuffed Honeynut Squash

Next came the pre-cooked grains and parmesan cheese.  At this point, I’d recommend tasting for seasoning — adding a little black pepper or nutmeg for a flavor enhancer.  Scoop out the stuffing and fill the cavities of the squash.  A sprinkle of fresh breadcrumbs adds a subtle layer of crunch.

Savory Stuffed Honeynut Squash on baking sheet

The squash goes back into the oven for a few more minutes to toast the breadcrumbs… and that’s it!

My taste-testers gave these little beauties two thumbs up for presentation and flavor!  The tender sweet squash and the hearty parmesan-kissed stuffing hits all the right spots in your mouth and they’ll definitely be on our holiday table this season.  Try it with your Thanksgiving turkey, holiday ham or roast beef.

Savory Stuffed Honeynut Squash on a platter

More stuffed vegetable recipes:

Serving the honey nut squash with sliced ham.

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Savory Stuffed Honeynut Squash

Need a recipe for Honey Nut Squash? Here’s an easy and delicious way to use them! This scaleable recipe works for two people or a holiday crowd!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword kale, mushrooms, squash, stuffed squash
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


For the squash

  • 3 honey nut squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt

For the Stuffing

  • 1 cup quinoa farro or a blend, cooked at room temperature
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms fresh , finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme fresh
  • ½ teaspoon sage dried, crumbled
  • 2 cups kale leaves only, tough stems removed, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup homemade vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • ¾ cup Parmigiano Reggiano freshly grated

For topping

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 slice bread I used potato bread, but sourdough or plain white bread work fine too


  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the squash in half, vertically and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the cut side with olive oil and rub it into the flesh. Sprinkle with salt and place the squash cut-side-down onto the baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onions and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes then stir in the chopped mushrooms, thyme, sage and salt, cook until the mushrooms release their liquid, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped kale and vegetable broth, cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 3-4 minutes until kale softens. Stir in the pepper, nutmeg and the cooked grains. Add the parmigiano reggiano and stir until just combined.
  • Tear the bread into large pieces and transfer to a mini prep food processor. Add the butter and pulse several times until it forms bread crumbs.
  • When the squash is done, fill the cavities with the stuffing and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake for an additional 10 minutes. If the breadcrumbs need additional browning, turn on the broiler and cook just until the breadcrumbs start to brown, (about a minute or two).


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You can also serve the squash with a little extra parmesan if you like.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 1729mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 42250IU | Vitamin C: 107.2mg | Calcium: 383mg | Iron: 4.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was EXCELLENT! Picked up the squash without knowing what it was, searched and found this recipe. Can’t say enough good about it!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Kathy! Aren’t those honey nut squash delish?

  2. Angelique Carter says:

    5 stars
    I picked up these honey nut squash from the farmer’s market near my job. The farmer told me that if I loved butternut squash I would love these because they would be a bit sweeter. I ran across your recipe and decided to try it for my new found vegetable. This dish was amazing!! I used spinach instead of kale because it’s what I had on hand and I substituted panko crumbs for the bread crumbs. It was absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try this squash and this recipe again! Thanks!

    1. Aren’t those squash the best? We love them. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe — to me, it’s a great fall or winter side dish.