Stuffed Squash or kusa

stuffed squash or kusoStuffed squash or kusa is one of my favorite recipes to make for dinner. Its a simple recipe made of spiced beef and rice then slow cooked for about an hour in a rich tomato and beef broth. This is definitely a comfort food and a great way to introduce vegetables into your diet. Children love to eat this up as well since the squash has a mild taste.

The tricky part of this dish is having to core the inner squash, other than that its super easy. Prepare your stuffing mixture, stuff the squash and cook on medium heat. The stuffing is so good that you can use it to stuff any squash or vegetable you like. My grandmother used to stuff squash, potatoes, carrots and even tomatoes which were my personal favorite.

stuffed squash or kuso
Stuffed Squash


Stuffed Squash (kusa)
  • Stuffing
  • 4 oz organic ground beef
  • 1 cup rice (I use basmati)
  • 1½ tsp 7 spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 16 squash
  • Sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth (homemade)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 3-4 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp 7 spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Mix the stuffing ingredients together and set aside
  2. Wash the outer surface of the squash and using a corer, remove the innards (I don't like to remove all of it)
  3. Stuff the squash with the stuffing and place into a large stock pot
  4. Add the sauce ingredients into the stock pot and cook on high heat until sauce boils
  5. reduce to medium heat until sauce thickens and rice is cooked (about 1 hour)
  6. Serve warm!




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