Healthy, hearty, and wholesome stuffed butternut squash with wild rice is an easy and cozy vegetarian comfort food for fall. Tender roasted butternut squash is stuffed with a combination of wild rice and white rice, earthy mushrooms, and sweet peas. Top it with some melty cheese for ultimate comfort, or leave out the cheese and keep this meal vegan. Serve it as a gluten-free side dish on your fall dinner menu or as a vegetarian entree all on it's own. It's that good.
Ingredients in Stuffed Butternut Squash
- butternut squash
- fresh thyme
- olive oil
- rice - I used a combination of Basmati white rice and wild rice.
- vegetable oil
- green peas
- vegetable stock powder
- salt and pepper
- shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese - optional but adds extra comfort. Leave it out if keeping the recipe vegan.
- fresh parsley - for garnish.
How to Make the Best Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash
First, roast the butternut squash. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. Place butternut squash, cut side up, onto a baking sheet pan. Brush on some oil and sprinkle chopped thyme on top. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 45 mins, or until soft. Insert a fork to check doneness. If it's fork tender, it's ready.
Meanwhile, prepare the rice. Heat oil in a medium pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat for 2 minutes until hot. Add onions and mushrooms and sauté for 2-3 minutes until onions are soft. Then, add rice and stir well to combine. Add vegetable stock powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
Add approximately one cup of water (water level should be one inch above the mixture) and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Turn heat down to low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Check occasionally to see if the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 10 to 15 minutes. The rice is still cooking by the residual heat. Gently fluff the rice. Note that this rice mixture is supposed to be a little mushy.
Now, let's assemble the stuffed butternut squash. Once the squash is fork tender and cooled down, scoop out the pulp, leaving the butternut squash shell at ½-inch thick. Add the pulp to the rice, and stir well to combine. Transfer the rice mixture evenly amongst the two shells.
Sprinkle cheese on top (optional). If topping with cheese, place the stuffed squash back into the oven and broil on high for 3 minutes, or until the cheese melts and turn golden brown on top. Keep a close eye on the broiler as things can burn quickly.
Let the stuffed butternut squash cool for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top.
How to Serve Butternut Squash
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I make this ahead of time? Yes, you can make this the day before and the store the roasted squash and cooked rice separately in the refrigerator. Assemble it the next day when you want to serve it. I would heat it up the assembled squash in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes. Then, add shredded cheese and place under the broiler on high for 3 minutes to melt.
- Can I make the rice in a rice cooker? Absolutely, you can precook the rice to save some time, since it is much faster to cook rice in a rice cooker. When you are preparing the rice as per the recipe instructions, add it in cooked and stir fry it with the vegetables and seasonings. Then assemble the squash.
- Can I add other vegetables? Yes, of course. Create your own recipe with any vegetables or meat choice that you like. Some great options are celery, cauliflower, apples, and cranberries. For meat choices, try ground meat or sausage.
- How do I store? To store, place stuffed butternut squash in an airtight container or in a ziploc bag, and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, transfer to a 350 F oven or air fryer for 10 minutes.
More Butternut Squash Recipes
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Butternut Squash Carbonara Pasta
- One Pan Roasted Harvest Vegetables
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Butternut Squash "Pumpkin" Bread
- Fall Harvest Salad with Butternut Squash
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