stuffed honeynut squash with feta, spinach and walnuts

We can’t get enough of the honeynut squash’s tiny curves.

By: Anna Decker / 12/29/2015

Think of them as a butternut squash on flavor-steroids: they pack about 10 times the sweetness and squash flavor as their bigger cousins, but fit in the palm of your hand so they’re easy to work with. Stuffed with quinoa, feta, spinach and walnuts, they make a hearty and satisfying vegetarian dinner. Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you'll need: 2 honeynut squash (10–14 oz each) 3 oz quinoa 2 oz walnuts ½ bunch flat leaf spinach 2 oz feta 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar olive oil coarse salt freshly ground black pepper

Equipment: rimmed baking sheet medium saucepan

Recipe steps:

  1. Roast squash Preheat oven to 450°F. Halve squash lengthwise, scoop out seeds and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle squash with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast cut-side down until beginning to soften, 15 minutes.

  2. Cook quinoa Meanwhile, rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve. Place in a medium pot with a pinch salt and ⅔ cup water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes.

  3. Toast walnuts Add walnuts to baking sheet with squash and continue to roast until squash is tender when pierced with a sharp knife and walnuts are toasted, 5–10 minutes more. Turn squash cut-side up and roughly chop walnuts.

  4. Prep spinach Trim tough ends from spinach; wash well and spin dry. Roughly chop spinach and place in a large bowl.

  5. Make filling Crumble feta and add to spinach along with quinoa and chopped walnuts. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Finish squash Carefully mound filling into and on top of squash and return to oven (it’s OK if some spills onto baking sheet). Bake until top is lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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