Stuffed baby squash with creamy mushrooms & tarragon

Delight dinner guests with these stuffed baby squash, made with mixed grains, mushrooms and tarragon. It makes an ideal veggie centrepiece at Christmas

  • Prep:45 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 30 mins
    plus resting
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 655
  • fat 39g
  • saturates 18g
  • carbs 51g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 15g
  • protein 16g
  • salt 0.9g


  • 4 onion or acorn squash
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g dried wild mushrooms
  • 2 banana shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100ml vegetable stock
  • 250g cooked mixed grains
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • ½ small bunch of tarragon, finely chopped
  • 80g mature cheddar, finely grated


  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Using a serrated knife, cut a small disc off the bottom of each squash so they stand upright on a baking tray. Slice off the tops (these will be used as lids), and scoop out and discard the seeded centre. Rub 2 tbsp oil on the inside and outside of the squashes, then season.

  2. Tip the dried mushrooms into a heatproof bowl and cover with 100ml boiling water. Cover and leave to soak for 15 mins. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan, and cook the shallots for 10 mins until softened and translucent. Drain the rehydrated mushrooms (reserving the soaking liquid) and roughly chop, then add to the pan along with the chestnut mushrooms. Fry for 10 mins more. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the stock, most of the reserved soaking liquid (leave the last few drops in the bottom of the bowl, as this may contain grit) and the grains, and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the crème fraîche, tarragon and cheese. Season.

  3. Divide the filling between the hollowed-out squashes. Put the ‘lids’ on top and bake for 1 hr-1 hr 10 mins, depending on the size of the squash. When ready, the squash skins should be blistered and the flesh soft and cooked through. Leave to rest for 10 mins before serving.

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