Semi-Homemade Stuffing


Stuffing from a box has never tasted so good! With the addition of onions, scallions, celery, and diced pears you can easily upgrade a basic boxed mix and serve up something special this holiday. This semi-homemade stuffing has lots of flavor and texture. I made it for Thanksgiving and I got a lot of compliments, plus it was all gone within minutes! Your guests will never know it starts from a box — unless you tell them.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 9x13-inch pan

Spruce up your stuffing from a box with this simple recipe. It tastes homemade, but it comes together in a fraction of the time.

What You'll Need to Make Stuffing From a Box

Here's what you'll need to make this stuffing from a box:

· Butter: Use a teaspoon of butter to prepare your baking dish. You could also use cooking spray.
· Produce: This stuffing from a box gets much of its savory flavor and texture from an onion, celery, scallions, and a pear.
· Seasonings: Fresh garlic and parsley take things up a notch.
· Stuffing mix: Of course, you'll need boxed stuffing mix for this shortcut recipe!
· Broth: Chicken broth (or vegetable broth, for a vegetarian twist) adds savory flavor and welcome moisture.

How to Make Stuffing From a Box

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this stuffing from a box:

1. Cook vegetables: Saute the onion, celery, scallions, pear, and garlic in olive oil until tender.
2. Combine ingredients: Place the stuffing mix into a large mixing bowl. Stir in cooked vegetables and parsley. Add chicken broth and stir until broth has been absorbed.
3. Cook the stuffing: Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish and cook in a preheated oven until golden brown.

How to Store Stuffing From a Box

Store your leftover stuffing in an airtight container for three to four days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave, adding broth as-needed to keep the stuffing moist.

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Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"The only thing I did differently was using it to stuff the turkey instead of baking it separately," says Cambria_Mae. "I wish I had taken a photo but it was gobbled up by the time I remembered."

"Made this again this year — many compliments," according to Tori Raye. "This is a great stuffing that tastes like you spent a long time putting it together, when you spend little time in the kitchen with this. Yummy!!"

"This recipe is amazing, it tastes like homemade but with half the effort," raves deedee333. "It is a moist stuffing, so if you like drier stuffing you'll probably need to reduce the broth or increase cooking time."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion

  • ¼ cup chopped celery

  • ¼ cup chopped scallions

  • 1 medium pear, cored and diced

  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic

  • 2 (6 ounce) boxes dry bread stuffing mix

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 (32 ounce) container chicken broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, scallions, pear, and garlic; cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  3. Place stuffing mix into a large mixing bowl. Stir in cooked vegetables and parsley. Add chicken broth, 1 cup a time, and stir until broth has been absorbed by the stuffing mix and stuffing is desired consistency. Spoon stuffing into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.


Add less chicken broth if you like a drier stuffing, or all of it if you like it moist. Substitute vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

173 Calories
4g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 967mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 132mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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