Orange-Scented Stuffed Delicata Squash

Orange-Scented Stuffed Delicata Squash

Seasonal delicata squash delights the eye and the palette. Packed full of vitamin A and potassium, this sweet and creamy gourd tastes more like dessert than a vegetable. Enjoy this elegant dish as a vegetarian entrée or a hearty side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 6


  • 3 medium delicata squash
  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 6 shallots, diced
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp rice wine (mirin)
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries honey sweetened
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp walnut oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange peel
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


Roast the Squash

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cut each squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and pulp.
    3 medium delicata squash
  • Place face down on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until squash is easily pierced with a fork.
  • Remove from oven and set aside.

Prepare the Quinoa

  • Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Set aside to cool slightly.
    2 cups quinoa

Prepare the Stuffing

  • Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté shallots and mushrooms until soft, about 7-10 minutes.
    2 tbsp Avocado oil, 6 shallots,, 1 pound crimini mushrooms,
  • Add mirin, celery, cranberries and nutmeg; sauté 3 minutes longer.
    2 tbsp rice wine (mirin), 3 stalks celery,, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Fluff quinoa with a fork and add to the skillet.
  • Remove skillet from heat and fold in the pine nuts, walnut oil, orange peel, and parsley.
    1 cup toasted pine nuts, 2 tbsp walnut oil, 2 tbsp fresh orange peel, 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    sea salt and pepper to taste

Assemble Squash

  • Place 1 delicata half on each plate face side up.
  • Carefully spoon the stuffing into the cavity of the squash.
  • Garnish with additional fresh parsley and serve.


Orange-Scented Stuffed Delicata Squash
Adapted from "Sweet Dumpling Squash with Orange-Scented Quinoa Stuffing" in Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters.
Keyword potassium, vegetable, vegetarian, vitamin A