Creamy spinach stuffed pumpkin with chorizo

Loaded with creamy spinach and chorizo, this flavoursome stuffed pumpkin recipe makes for a hearty side or light meal. It’s the perfect starter or side for your next dinner party.

6 as a light meal




  • 2 small (about 900g) butternut pumpkins, halved, seeded
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to brush
  • 1 Provedore Free Range Chorizo (from the dairy department), chopped
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil, extra
  • 40g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (30g) finely grated manchego or finely grated parmesan
  • 3/4 cup (90g) shredded tasty cheddar
  • 200g Coles Australian Kale & Baby Spinach
  • 1/4 cup oregano leaves



Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 1 large baking tray with baking paper. Brush cut sides of the pumpkin halves with oil and season. Place, cut-side down, on the lined tray. Roast for 40 mins or until golden and tender.


Meanwhile, place the chorizo in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Heat extra oil in a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-6 mins or until golden and crisp. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and flour and cook, stirring, for 1-2 mins or until light golden. Gradually add the milk, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, for 3 mins or until the mixture thickens. Add manchego or parmesan and 1/2 cup (60g) cheddar and stir until smooth and combined. Add the kale and spinach and cook for 2 mins or until the kale wilts.


Use a spoon to scoop out flesh from the pumpkin halves, leaving a 2cm border. Stir 1/4 cup pumpkin flesh into the spinach mixture. Spoon the spinach mixture evenly into the pumpkin halves. Top with remaining cheddar.


Preheat grill on high. Cook pumpkin halves under grill for 5 mins or until the cheddar is golden. Sprinkle with chorizo and oregano to serve.

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