Skip to content
Jamie's festive stuffed squash recipe

Jamie's festive stuffed squash recipe

19 ratings

Jamie says: "A delightful meat-free main full of festive favours. The fruity, nutty lentil stuffing is seriously good with the sweet squash and the tang of Stilton" See method

  • Serves 6
  • 15 mins to prepare and 2 hrs 00 mins to cook
  • 180 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free


  • 1 butternut squash (roughly 1.2kg)
  • 2 red onions
  • 40g dried apricots
  • 30g fresh sage
  • 30g hazelnuts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 400g tin green lentils or borlotti beans
  • 50g Stilton
  • 60g baby rocket leaves

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    4g 6%
  • Saturates

    2g 11%
  • Sugars

    13g 14%
  • Salt

    0.2g 3%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 28.5g Protein 8.8g Fibre 4.6g


155x255 JamieOliver XmasYorkshirePudding

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Wash the squash, carefully cut in half lengthways, then remove the seeds. Place on a baking tray and roast for 1 hr 10 mins or until starting to soften. Leave to cool slightly.

  2. Meanwhile, peel then finely chop the onions and the dried apricots; pick and roughly chop the sage leaves. Roughly crush the hazelnuts with a pestle and mortar.

  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the onions and sage, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins or until softened. Drain the lentils and add to the pan with the chopped apricots.

  4. Scoop out the squash flesh with a spoon, leaving a 1cm border. Roughly chop the flesh and add to the frying pan; mix well and season to taste. Pile the mixture into the squash shells, topping with crumbled Stilton and the crushed hazelnuts.

  5. If making a day ahead, leave the squash to cool, then transfer to the fridge until Christmas morning, or simply bake for 15-20 mins until golden on top. Scatter over the rocket leaves and serve.

Go veggie: Recipe is suitable for vegetarians if a vegetarian Stilton is used.

See more Jamie Oliver recipes

Be the first to comment

Before you comment please read our community guidelines.