ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Stuffed Sunburst Squash Recipe

Updated on July 13, 2012

Everywhere you turn, there's always new ingredients to be had! This week, while picking up some produce, I was surprised to see a great organic selection of sunburst squash. Having never cooked with this particular variety of summer squash, I hopped on the opportunity and snatched up a few. The small dumpling shape instantly reminded me of the perfect vessel for stuffing, and boy was I right! I'm a big fan of stuffed squash, but I seriously get tired of the hassle of trying to work with the unstable shape of zucchini and yellow crooked neck varieties. Sunburst squash on the other hand, are seriously built for the job! So, if you're up for something new, stick tight and explore my chicken stuffed sunburst squash recipe.


Sunburst Squash Rating -

5 stars from 3 ratings of Stuffed Sunburst Squash

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves Four

Ingredients -

  • 4 Small Sunburst Squash
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Chicken
  • 1 Cup Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Gated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Chopped White Onion
  • 1 Minced Clove of Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil (I used Sunflower)
  • Salt and Pepper


Process -

Prep -

  1. In a wide skillet, bring a depth of 1 inch of water to a simmer.
  2. While you're waiting for the water, slice a small portion of the ends off each squash. This will allow easier access to scoop them out, and also give them a 'foot' to stand on.
  3. When the water is ready, add the squash and let cook for five minutes on each side.
  4. When time has elapsed, remove from the water and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Empty the water and dry your pan. Return it to the stove set on a burner at medium-high heat. Add your couple tablespoons of vegetable oil and let it heat up.
  6. In the meantime, scoop out the squash cavities. Save all the scooped out flesh! Use a clean towel to squeeze out the water left in the scooped out flesh. Chop them up and add them to the oil along with your chopped onion.
  7. Sauté the onion and squash until they just start to turn a golden color (4-5 minutes), then add your minced garlic. Cook for 30 more seconds and remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Once cooled off a little, add the spinach, chicken and 1/2 Cup of Parmesan cheese to the mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper!


Assembling the Squash -

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Stuff each squash with equal amounts of the filling.
  3. Top each squash with equal portions of the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the squash are cooked thoroughly and the cheese top has become golden.


These baked stuffed squash make for a great meal, and are a good way to cram a lot of veggies into one sitting. Although sunburst squash were a new ingredient, the flavor was a familiar one! If you chopped up the squash and served it as yellow crooked neck squash, I wouldn't be able to spot it. Thank you for taking a moment to ready my stuffed sunburst squash recipe!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • 2patricias profile image


      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I've never seen this variety of squash, but I reckon the recipe could be used for other types of round squash. I agree, this shape is far easier to work with then the wobbly kind.

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

    • Joe Macho profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Colorado

      chspublish - I'll admit, I was most attracted to the color when I first stumbled upon these squash in the stores. They make for a wonderful presentation, and yes, they're a pleasure to eat! Thanks so much

      kerlynb - No problem at all! I'm glad I was able to share something new. If you do make them, let me know how it goes!

      phoenix2327 - Not a fan of squash?! How could it be? Haha. If you give them a second chance, this is the recipe to do so with.

      teaches12345 - Thanks for sharing, I appreciate it! You really hit the nail on the head. The squash is the focus, but the chicken, spinach, parm and onions are quite the tasty companions. You'll have to let me know how they turn out!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      I am always looking for healthy recipes that involve getting more vegetables in our diet. I love the flavor of squash and the benefits of eating it is tremendous. The ingredients are all flavor enhancers and will only add to the richness of the dish. This will be a great dinner item with guests and fun to eat. Thanks for sharing and I will definitely try it.

    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Not a fan of squash myself, but I do like the look of these. They would be a lovely addition to any table. Nice job.

      Voted up and useful. Also on FB & Twitter.

    • kerlynb profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Whoa, this is something I've never heard of so I have to say thank you for this wonderful recipe! It looks very healthy too. Voting your hub awesome and useful :)

    • chspublish profile image


      8 years ago from Ireland

      The squash look so pretty and the color is so striking - a pleasure to eat! Thanks for the ideas.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)