Paella-Stuffed Squash

paella-stuffed squash
  • Cook Time
  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • 2 acorn or Carnival squash (1 1/2 to 2 lbs. each), halved through the stem end and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing and drizzling
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced cured chorizo
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup arborio rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup jarred, drained roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flatleaf parsley, plus more for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the cut sides of the squash with oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet until tender when pierced with a knife, 40 to 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium. Add the chorizo; cook, stirring often, until browned in spots, about 3 minutes. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the rice, paprika and cayenne; stir 1 minute. Add the stock; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is al dente, 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in the peppers, peas and 2 tbsp. parsley; season.

Preheat the broiler. Turn the squash cut side up. Fill with rice mixture, mounding in center. Broil until browned in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Drizzle with oil; top with parsley.