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Recipe of the Day: Savory Mince-Stuffed Gemstone Squash Recipe

If you’re craving something other than a stew or lasagna, this hearty ground beef-filled gemstone squash recipe could become your new favorite.

Plus, it’s the perfect comfort meal for a cold and rainy evening.

Instead of serving your gem squash as a side dish with a protein, make the gem squash a whole meal by adding a savory ground beef filling with white sauce and cheddar cheese.

If you’re trying to eat less meat, you can replace the ground beef with a canned sweetcorn filling and a dollop of cheese on top.

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Your family will love this delicious, savory, ground beef-filled pumpkin squash recipe:


  • 4 gemstone gourds, halved, seeds removed and cooked
  • 15 ml oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, finely grated
  • 500 g lean minced meat
  • 75 ml tomato puree
  • 125 ml beef stock
  • 15 ml mixed herbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 30 ml fresh parsley, chopped

To serve:

  • 250 ml white sauce
  • 125 ml Cheddar, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until soft.
  2. Add the carrots and ground beef and cook until cooked through.
  3. Add the tomato paste, stock, mixed herbs and spices. Simmer over low heat until most of the moisture has evaporated. Add the parsley.
  4. Place the gem gourds in a baking dish and spoon the mincemeat mixture into their cavities.
  5. Spoon over the white sauce and sprinkle with grated cheddar.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve them warm with a salad.

Hints and Tips:

  • Break the minced meat easily with a whisk while roasting.
  • Place the pumpkin halves upside down on a microwave-safe plate. Add 30 ml of water. Microwave over high heat for 12 – 15 minutes until cooked through.

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