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Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

My children often request this dish. It also adds a great "wow" factor to a festive buffet table.—Andria Peckham, Lowell, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 small pie pumpkins (about 2 pounds each)
  • 1/2 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°. Cut a 3-in. circle around each pumpkin stem. Remove tops and set aside. Remove strings and seeds from pumpkins; discard seeds or save for roasting.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage, vegetables and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Remove from heat; stir in rice, 3/4 cup cheese, eggs, parsley, salt and thyme.
  • Place pumpkins in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan; fill with rice mixture. Replace pumpkin tops. Bake 30 minutes.
  • Reduce oven setting to 350°. Bake 25-35 minutes longer or until pumpkin is tender when pierced with a knife and a thermometer inserted in filling reads 160°. Sprinkle remaining cheese over filling. Cut to serve.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 pumpkin and 2/3 cup rice: 204 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 405mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 high-fat meat.

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  • peanutsnona76
    Nov 17, 2020

    Fun and delicious! My kids really like them. I use lower fat sausage and sometimes skip the mushrooms for those who dislike them. I know it was posted last year, but #Melani-the 1 cup of cheese is divided between the three pumpkins, giving each one 1/3 cup each. This recipe has room for customization though, veggie and cheese-wise, which is part of the fun of cooking! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Melani
    Nov 3, 2019

    It has 1 cup Parmesan cheese. ??

  • Jackie
    Nov 18, 2018

    I am making this today for a pumpkin pigin at work. The recipe calls to "Remove from heat; stir in rice, 3/4 cup cheese". However, cheese isn't in the ingredients. Can you please add this to the ingredients?

  • Nanamitt
    Nov 14, 2017

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