Traditional Cornbread Stuffing

Toasted cornbread cubes are mixed with butter-sauteed veggies and seasoned lightly. You can use this to stuff a turkey as-is, or put into an oven-safe dish and bake until a golden brown crust is formed. Serve immediately.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 9x13-inch pan


  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 carrots, finely chopped

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped

  • 1 small leek, finely sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh sage

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or more as needed

  • 1 (1 pound) package cornbread stuffing mix

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 apple - peeled, cored, and chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Place butternut squash on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

  3. Roast squash in the preheated oven until tender, 25 to 30 minutes, turning once using a metal spatula. Remove from the oven and set aside.

  4. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large, deep saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute carrots, onion, celery, leek, and garlic in the hot oil until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add roasted butternut squash, sage, butter, and thyme and continue to saute until vegetables are tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.

  5. Stir chicken broth into the pan until well mixed with vegetables. Add cornbread stuffing and mix. Add additional chicken broth if necessary and mix until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside and let cool, 10 to 15 minutes. Mix in apple.

Cook's Note:

Bake/toast cornbread first if making your own croutons instead of using stuffing mix.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
9g Fat
42g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 917mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 319mg 7%

* 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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