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Tofu, Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Squash

Squash stuffed

September 29th, 2015

From Ricardo Magazine

A flavourful side or a main course for our veggie guests, this stuffed squash has the makings of a serious family holiday favourite.
Prep Time
35 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
  • 3 acorn squashes, halved and seeded
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves only
  • 3/4 lb (340 g) firm or extra-firm tofu, sliced
  • 1 medium leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 3 cups (70 g) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (400 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) hazelnuts, toasted, blanched and crushed
  • 1/2 cup (35 g) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sour cream
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • SALAD:
  • 12 Brussels sprouts, pulled apart into leaves
  • 1 pear, firm but ripe, cored and cut into sticks
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) toasted hazelnuts, crushed
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shavings
  • Salt and pepper
  1. SQUASH: With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Rub the squash with the oil and season (generously) with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the garlic and rosemary. Place the squash on the baking sheet, cut side down.

  3. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the squash is tender. Set aside.

  4. STUFFING: On a work surface, crumble the tofu with a potato masher.

  5. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, soften the tofu, leek and garlic in the oil for about 5 minutes or until the leek is cooked and the tofu begins to brown slightly. Add the spinach and continue cooking for 2 minutes or until the spinach has wilted. Off the heat, add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Spoon the stuffing into the squash halves. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside.

  7. SALAD: In a saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the Brussels sprouts leaves for about 3 minutes or until tender. Cool the leaves in ice water and drain thoroughly.

  8. In a bowl, combine the Brussels sprouts leaves, pear, hazelnuts, lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  9. Place the salad on the stuffed squash. Garnish with the Parmesan shavings.

  10. NOTE: You can cook the squash, make the stuffing and blanch the Brussels sprouts leaves the day before and finish preparing the recipe the day of.

Tofu, Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Squash
Ricardo Magazine