Pecan-Stuffed Butternut Squash Recipe
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Pecan-Stuffed Butternut Squash Recipe

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I love autumn, when butternut squash is at its peak. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare it. The squash is tender, and the creamy pecan filling is fabulous. —Sheryl Little, Sherwood, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds each)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, optional
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1/4 stuffed squash equals 299 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 317 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Cut each squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in two 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes; add 1/2-in. water. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour.
  2. Turn squash over; sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy; stir in pecans. Spoon into squash cavities.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until filling is lightly browned and squash is tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash in Taste of Home August/September 2011, p65

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Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"This is one of my husband and my favorite squash recipes! Thanks for the wonderful and easy recipe!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"Looks so pretty and is so simple to do!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"I did not salt and pepper the squash, but instead I sprinkled cinnamon and sugar all over the squash before baking. At the end of the cooking, I turned on the broiler and bruleed the tops. It was delicious. I am going to tried the stuffing with other sweet squashes, such as sweet dumpling and golden nugget."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I am not a big fan of cream cheese but this recipe is awesome! Quick & easy. I know to make extra next time."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Best squash recipe that I have ever had, also good with acorn ssquash"

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