Barley-Stuffed Butternut Squash

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This stuffed butternut squash is a great tasting fall dish I've been making for years. It's pretty easy to make and makes for a very filling meal.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 (1 1/2) pounds butternut squash, halved and seeded

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • ½ pound smoked turkey, diced

  • ½ cup minced yellow onion

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • ¾ cup quick-cooking barley

  • cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Boil squash halves in the water for 15 minutes. Drain and let cool, about 10 minutes.

  3. Scoop flesh from each half, leaving about 1/2 inch flesh with skin. Chop scooped flesh into a small dice and set aside. Place squash halves scooped-sides up onto the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add turkey, onion, bell pepper, and squash cubes. Saute for 3 minutes. Add sage and black pepper; stir to coat. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Add barley and return to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in cranberries. Spoon barley mixture into squash halves on the baking sheet. Top with feta cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is golden, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
10g Fat
14g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 1311mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 279mg 6%

* 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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