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.

4 thoughts on “Butternut Squash baked and stuffed with lentils”

  1. 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!!

  2. 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

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