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Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash

 Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash
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
8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until filling is lightly browned and
  • squash is tender. Yield: 8 servings.
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.