Apple Sage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Apple Sage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Stuffed with lentils, rice, herbs, nuts, and fruit, this delicious Apple Sage Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe is a delightful fall-inspired vegetarian main dish.

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Apple Sage Stuffed Butternut Squash
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Apple Sage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 319kcal


For the Roasted Butternut Squash:

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Apple Sage Stuffing:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin oil
  • ¼ cup fresh sage leaves, stems removed
  • 1 shallot , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • cups cooked lentils (I used Beluga lentils)
  • 2 cups cooked rice (long grain rice or wild rice)
  • 1 firm, tart apple, cored and diced small
  • cup dried cranberries
  • cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


For the Butternut Squash:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Carefully cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits.
  • Brush inside the squash all over with the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of your squash, until fork tender.

For the Apple Sage Stuffing:

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Once it's hot, add a few sage leaves at a time. Fry them a few seconds per side, allowing the oil to drip off as you lift them from the skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towel. The sage leaves will lose their softness and crisp almost immediately upon cooling. If they don't, fry them a bit longer. Fry the rest of the sage in batches. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the fried sage leaves (minced) for the stuffing. The rest can be used as garnish.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Sauté the shallot in the sage-infused olive oil until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, sauté for 30 seconds, then add the remaining ingredients (except the apple cider vinegar) including the reserved minced fried sage. Cook until the apples are slightly softened but not mushy, about 6-10 minutes, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the skillet to prevent burning. Stir in the apple cider vinegar. Taste, then season and add more minced fried sage, if desired.
  • Divide the stuffing between the two squash halves. Garnish with remaining sage leaves. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Apple Sage Stuffed Butternut Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 202mg8%
Potassium 748mg21%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 13304IU266%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Apples Bronwyn Fraser Butternut Squash Lentils Sage
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