Rice and fetta stuffed pumpkin

Everyone will want a slice of this hearty stuffed pumpkin. Packed with a flavoursome filling, it’s the ultimate meat-free main.

6

30m

Note: + cooling time

2h

Ingredients

  • 2kg butternut pumpkin, halved lengthways
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (50g) walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown rice
  • 1 small brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 400g can lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 100g fetta, crumbled
  • 30g baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • Tomato chutney, to serve

Method

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 190°C. Place the pumpkin halves, cut-side up, on a baking tray. Brush the cut side with half the oil. Roast for 1 1/4 hours or until just tender. Set aside to cool.

STEP 2 

Meanwhile, arrange the walnuts on a baking tray and roast with the pumpkin for 3-5 mins or until toasted. Set aside to cool. Coarsely chop.

STEP 3 

While the pumpkin is cooking, cook the rice in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 mins or until tender. Drain well.

STEP 4 

Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 4 mins or until softened. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 secs or until aromatic. Stir in the rosemary and cinnamon.

STEP 5

Place the rice, onion mixture, lentils, fetta, baby spinach and walnut in a large bowl and stir to combine. Season.

STEP 6

Use a spoon to remove pumpkin seeds and membrane and discard. Scoop out the flesh, leaving a 2cm-thick shell. (Keep the flesh for another use.)

STEP 7

Divide rice mixture among pumpkin shells and press down firmly. Carefully place the pumpkin shells together and tie with kitchen string to secure. Place on a baking tray and roast for 45 mins or until heated through. Transfer to a serving platter. Cut into slices and serve with tomato chutney.

Dietary information

Vegetarian
Yeast-free
Wheat-free
Soy-free
Sesame-free
Peanut-free
Egg-free
Gluten-free

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