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A Seasonal and Savory Stuffed Pumpkin

This Savory Dressing and Meat Stuffed Pumpkin is one of the most seasonal recipes you can make in the fall. Full of bread cubes, sausage, apples, and cranberries, It's sure to be the centerpiece of any table.
Top down shot of a stuffed pumpkin.

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This showstopping Savory Stuffed Pumpkin will be the centerpiece on the table every time you serve it up. Everyone in our house loves this beautiful stuffed winter squash.

A sweet sugar pie pumpkin filled with bread cubes, sausage meat, apples, cranberries, and herbs couldn’t be more seasonally appropriate for fall if it tried!

Top down shot of a stuffed pumpkin.

Have you ever wanted to make a stuffed baked pumpkin? Now is your chance! The sugar pie pumpkins start hitting stores in late September and they’re available until late November, so now is the time.

Why Stuff a pumpkin?

You might choose to make a stuffed pumpkin if you’re doing some sort of alternative to traditional Thanksgiving fare or Christmas Dinner. It’s a lovely alternative to a huge stuffed turkey and the price is cheaper by far! Or try these Colombian Tamales if you really want to try something different!!

cleaned out sugar pie pumpkin for stuffing.

If you’re looking to opt out of traditional Thanksgiving foods try my Air Fryer Turkey Breast. You get the flavor of turkey but not all the leftovers!

Finished Apple Tart.

Maybe make this EASY but Elegant Apple Tart, the perfect no-pumpkin dessert for your table.

Ingredients for Stuffed Pumpkins.

What do I need to make this Stuffed Pumpkin?

  • a sugar pie pumpkin
  • dried bread cubes can be day-old bread, toasted bread cubes, OR stuffing mix
  • onion
  • celery
  • mild Italian sausage OR use your favorite fresh sausage
  • apples, galas, or Honeycrisp work well here!
  • dried cranberries
  • herbs
  • garlic
  • chicken broth
  • eggs
Unbaked Stuffed pumpkin.

Are they hard to make?

You might think stuffed pumpkins look hard to make BUT they are not hard to make at all. They only look intimidating because they’re so beautiful. The only thing you should watch out for is OVER COOKING it, which can make it collapse.

Filling for a bread and meat stuffed pumpkin.

Because the filling is precooked and you’re stuffing it into a pumpkin, not a turkey cavity there is no danger of this stuffing not being cooked through and people getting sick.

More ingredients for the bread meat stuffed pumpkin.

The sausage meat is thoroughly cooked before ever being added to the pumpkin, so as long as the pumpkin is cooked through you’re ready to serve it up.

Baked pumpkin ready to serve.

How do I serve this dish?

You should bake this stuffed pumpkin in a pan you don’t mind sending to the table and serving from. The act of trying to lift it to a serving platter can utterly destroy your lovely pumpkin. But IF you’re determined to send it to the table on a plat or a serving platter then the best way to lift a stuffed pumpkin is to use the parchment paper as a little sling to get it up and away.

top off a baked pumpkin.

Lining a pan that JUST holds the pumpkin, say an 8×8 baking pan, with parchment paper means it looks nice when taken from the oven AND will look ok on the table. BUT any oven-proof pan will work just fine. And as I mentioned above you can always lift the pumpkin if you have lined the pan with parchment paper you can lift with.

Slicing a baked stuffed pumpkin.

To serve the pumpkin you can do it two ways:

  • cut it in quarters or eighths and serve slices


  • scoop the stuffing filling and the pumpkin out together

What if I can’t find a Sugar Pie Pumpkin to Stuff?

If you can’t find a sugar pie pumpkin try another winter squash! You could cut open two acorn squash and stuff the halves with the filling. Or you could try a Kabocha Squash of about the same size.

Top down shot of a stuffed pumpkin.

Savory Stuffed Pumpkin

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This Savory Dressing and Meat Stuffed Pumpkin is one of the most seasonal recipes you can make in the fall. Full of bread cubes, sausage, apples, and cranberries, It's sure to be the centerpiece of any table.
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Laura
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  • 3 pound sugar pie pumpkin*
  • 4 cups dried bread cubes*
  • 1 TBSP light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion you can white or yellow
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 16 ounces mild Italian sausage*
  • 2 apples peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 TBSP rubbed sage chopped
  • 1 TBSP fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • preheat the oven to 350˚
  • wash the pumpkin and cut the top out of it, set the top aside
  • clean the inside of the pumpkin out, you can save the seeds and roast them if you like
  • salt and pepper the cavity and set the whole pumpkin in a baking dish and set aside
  • put the dried bread cubes in a bowl and set aside
  • saute the onion, celery in a frying pan for 3-4 minutes
  • if the sausage is in casings remove it
  • crumble the sausage into the frying pan with the onions and celery
  • cook until it's browned and cooked through
  • add the chopped apples and cook another 3-4 minutes
  • add herbs and garlic and cook 30 seconds or just until fragrant
  • pour the cooked mixture over the bread cubes and stir to combine
  • stir the eggs into the broth and pour over the bread cubes toss lightly
  • then add cranberries
  • toss again
  • stuff in the prepared pumpkin add the top and bake whole for 40 minutes
  • then set the top to the side of the pumpkin and bake for 20 more minutes
  • slice and serve OR scoop to serve


*Pumpkins can range from 3-4 pounds the bigger the pumpkin the more bread cubes you need
*you may only need 3 cups of bread cubs if your pumpkin is smaller, for bigger use more cubes
*use your favorite bulk OR link sausage
*For notes on serving refer to the post above


Serving: 1g | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 7g
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About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

5 thoughts on “A Seasonal and Savory Stuffed Pumpkin”

  1. You have given me such a great idea for Thanksgiving. As vegans, it would make a spectacular entree (with my own vegan stuffing of course-or using your recipe with vegan sausage. I made one years ago, but had forgotten about it. Your recipe looks wonderful. Visiting from Gluten-Free A-Z Blog.

    • Make the filling and get everything ready to go, store them separately. Refrigerate it overnight, then stuff and bake. It’s best to make it and bake it immediately.

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