Stuffed Round Zucchini and Squash

by Kirsten on September 4, 2011 · 10 comments

in Main Dishes, Misc. Savory Dishes

I was so excited when I discovered the Verde Farm stand at my local market. The owner, Josh Halder, sells fresh local produce grown just a few miles from my house. Verde Farms is also the produce supplier of my favorite restaurant in Denver, the Fruition with Chef Alex Seidel. More info here.

They had round zucchini and squash for sale and I right away envisioned a ground beef and orzo stuffed squash dinner. Garlic, onion and tomatoes finished the filling and turned my roasted round squash into a very delightful and visual pleasing dinner.

Use regular zucchini and squash if you can’t find the round ones. The taste is the same, I just love the pretty presentation using the round variety.


* 3 medium sized round zucchini and squash
* 1/4 cup (125 ml) jalapeno pepper grape seed oil or plain olive oil

* 1 cup (175 g) orzo, uncooked

* 2 garlic gloves, minced
* 1/2 red onion, chopped
* 1 pound (450 g) organic ground beef
* 1/2 cup (125 ml)chicken broth
* 2 tomatoes, cut in smaller chunks
* 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced
* salt and pepper


Preheat your grill to medium high or the oven to 375°.

Cook orzo to package directions.

Cut a thin slice off the tops of the round zucchini and yellow squash and set them aside. Using a small spoon, scrape out the flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick wall. Brush the inside of the squash with the oil and sprinkle with some salt. Set aside.

Add some oil in a pan over medium heat and saute onions and garlic for about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until browned nicely.  Take the pan off the heat and mix in cooked orzo, tomatoes, basil and chicken broth. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Don’t be afraid to add a little bit more broth if the mixture looks to dry to you.

Stuff the zucchini and squash with the orzo mixture, put on the tops and place in a metal baking dish. You may have some leftover filling that you could serve on the side. Bake in the oven or on the closed grill for about 30 minutes.



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Spätlese Trocken September 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

Die sehen aber wirklich lecker aus! Aber die Schale ist bestimmt nicht zum Mitessen – oder? Bei uns werden Zucchinis immer grob gewürfelt und als Pfanne verarbeitet. Aber so gefüllt – ist auch mal eine Idee. Muss ich mal auf die Suche gehen, ob es bei uns diese Form auch gibt.

LG Frau Spätlese

Cathy at Wives with Knives September 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I saw those zucchini balls at the market on Saturday and passed them by. They are perfect for stuffing and are so pretty on the plate. Guess I'll have to go back and get some.

Boulder Locavore September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Could these be any cuter? When I saw the title in my email box I was so excited. I feel I am drowning in squash and everything I can think to make becomes slimey. I do not have anything this perfect shape but think I could adapt it to some of the baseball bat sized zuch's I missed in the garden. Maybe? These really are perfect and I love the idea of stuffing. Thank you.

Dom at Belleau Kitchen September 5, 2011 at 6:46 am

we have lots of these growing in the garden where I work and we've all been staring at them discussing what we should do… now we know… great recipe!

scrambledhenfruit September 5, 2011 at 3:37 am

My brother grows little round squash like these- they're so cute! I love what you've filled them with. 🙂

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) September 5, 2011 at 12:43 am

What a great idea! So healthy and unique too

Susan September 5, 2011 at 12:31 am

Kirsten~These look so delicious–wish I was there to share them right now. XOXO

Karen Harris September 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Oh yum! These look so delicious Kirsten. I'll have to try them soon.

EliFla September 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

OMG…may I have one NOW??? thank you…..hugs, Flavia

Kalyn September 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I love to stuff these too, but I haven't seen the yellow 8-Ball zucchinis before! So cute. I love the way the stem looks like a hat on yours, and I bet they're delicious.

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