Stuffed Delicata Squash with Pancetta and Goat Cheese Recipe

Stuffed Delicata Squash with Pancetta and Goat Cheese Recipe

How To Make Stuffed Delicata Squash with Pancetta and Goat Cheese

Rice tossed with crisp pancetta and grape tomatoes make this delicious stuffed delicata squash extra filling, flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 4small delicata squash
  • 2ozpancetta,diced small
  • 8ozportabella mushrooms,diced
  • ½medium yellow onion,diced
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1tspdried oregano
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • ½tspfreshly ground cracked pepper
  • ¼tspfennel seeds,chopped
  • ¼cupfresh parsley,chopped and packed
  • 1tbspbalsamic vinegar
  • 1pintgrape tomatoes,halved
  • 4ozchevre,goat cheese

For the Breadcrumb Topping:

  • ½cupPanko
  • 2tspoil
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½tsppepper
  • ½tspdried thyme

For the Rice:

  • 1tbspolive oil
  • ½cupuncooked basmati rice
  • cupswater
  • 1tbspbutter
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1tspkosher salt



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Scrub the outside of the squash to get rid of any dirt. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

  3. Brush the outside and inside of the squash halves with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and transfer to a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

  4. When it’s ready, the flesh should be easily pierced with a fork. Start checking for doneness at 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

  5. While the squash roasts, prepare the bread crumb topping and filling.


  1. Combine breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, thyme, and oil in a small bowl. Stir well with a fork to make sure everything is coated. Set aside.

  2. Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cold running water. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and toast, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. The rice should look golden.

  3. Add water, butter, bay leaf, and salt to the pot. Cover, and bring to a low boil, still over medium heat for about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, but keep covered, and let it steam while making the rest of the meal.

  4. Cook the pancetta: In a medium sauté pan, cook the pancetta over medium to medium-low heat, for about 20 minutes. The goal is to render the fat.

  5. When crispy, scoop out the pancetta and set it aside. Add it back to the filling later. There should be about 2 tablespoons of fat in the pan.

  6. To the pan with the rendered fat, add mushrooms, onion, garlic, oregano, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, and chopped fennel seeds.

  7. Cook for 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring once or twice until the mushrooms have shrunk and the onions are translucent.

  8. Add the cherry tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the pan with the mushrooms. Stir to coat. Continue cooking until the tomatoes begin to fall apart, about 7 to 10 minutes.

  9. Stir in the cooked rice, cooked pancetta bits, and chopped parsley. Taste and add more salt and pepper to liking. Remove from the heat.

  10. Fill each half of squash halfway with the rice-veggie filling, using about ¼ cup in each half. Crumble the chevre and sprinkle evenly over each half.

  11. Spoon the rest of the filling on top of the chevre. Sprinkle each half with Panko mixture.

  12. Turn the oven to broil. Put the squash under the broiler for 1 to 3 minutes until the filling is warmed through and the Panko is a deep golden brown.


  • Calories: 268.84kcal
  • Fat: 10.72g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.35g
  • Trans Fat: 0.07g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.31g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.27g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.11g
  • Fiber: 4.80g
  • Sugar: 2.69g
  • Protein: 7.70g
  • Cholesterol: 15.01mg
  • Sodium: 749.00mg
  • Calcium: 121.84mg
  • Potassium: 1021.28mg
  • Iron: 2.93mg
  • Vitamin A: 119.35µg
  • Vitamin C: 33.13mg
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