Butternut Squash baked and stuffed with lentils

I love butternut squash, this recipe was inspired by a friend has made a similar dish for me for lunch on occasion and it’s alwasy stood out in my memory, so here is my take on it. Its a good way to get veggies into those who aren’t keen on them, the butternut goes sweet, soft and sumptuous in the oven.

It was a cold weekend day when I made this one, unusally the toddler was feeling out of sorts and cuddled on the sofa under a blanket, this was meant to be comfort food but it turned out she didn’t want her dinner 🙁 oh well, it happens! Both myself and hubby enjoyed it lots and I’m pretty sure the toddler would on another day.


Dietitian UK: Baked Butternut Squash stuffed with Lentils

Dietitian UK: Baked Butternut Squash stuffed with Lentils


1 medium butternut squash (will serve 2)

2 cloves garlic

1 onion

Olive oil

1 cup of lentils


100g mushrooms

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp mixed herbs


  • Cut the butternut squash in half (do not peel) and gouge out the seeds. Either throw these away or wash and either roast them or save and plant them!
  • Remove some of the butternut flesh, leaving a few cm rim around it. You should have a large cavity. Keep the flesh and chop it.
  • Prepare the onions and garlic. Place these in a pan with a little oil and cook, then add the cumin.
  • Add the lentils and stir to coat in the onions and oil. Now add enough water to cover the top of the lentils by 1 1/2 cm and  leave to simmer.
  • After 20 minutes add the chopped mushrooms and herbs plus the chopped butternut squash. Cook for 10 minutes so the vegetables are cooked. Season to taste.
  • Stuff the butternut squash with the lentil filling. You could now wrap these in foil and keep to roast another day.
  • Top with a little crumbled cheese and roast for 40 minutes at Gas Mark 5, the squash should be soft when pricked with a knife.
  • Serve with a mixed salad.

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4 Responses to “Butternut Squash baked and stuffed with lentils”

  1. 7 April, 2013 at 20:04 #

    Thanks for this recipe idea, I love Butternut squash. I’ve put myself on the Hay diet for health reasons and am trying to find interesting ideas for recipes.

    Thanks again

    • 11 April, 2013 at 11:20 #

      You are so very welcome, I hope you enjoy it.

  2. 28 January, 2015 at 00:19 #

    my goodness that sounds great!! Excuse my daftness but are the lentils dried red ones or precooked? We love roast seeds with mixed spice and a little sugar on. I saw an amazing roast spiralised squash recipe on YouTube last night. Craving squash lol!!

    • 1 February, 2015 at 16:01 #

      They are dried ones. I only tend to use dried ones xx

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