This Leftover Stuffing Gluten-Free Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe is a great, tasty way to use up leftovers. Add leftover turkey, too, and make this a delicious meal!

Stuffing stuffed butternut squash on a serving plate.
Stuffing Stuffed Butternut Squash

If your refrigerator looks like mine the day after Thanksgiving, you are looking at many leftovers. Leftovers are one of my family’s favorite parts of Thanksgiving. There are some fun ways to use the leftovers, but we love stuffing them into roasted winter squash!

Every year, we have so many leftovers after Thanksgiving. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy…but NEVER stuffing. Gluten free stuffing goes fast in this house! This year, I made a triple batch, which was more than enough! Try my homemade Gluten Free Stuffing recipe in this recipe! Super yum!!

This is sort of what happened with this recipe. It all started with a beautiful butternut squash from our local farmer’s market. I had wanted to tie this butternut squash with my leftovers.

I have a lot of fun gluten free winter squash recipes for even more recipe inspiration!

Two halves of a roasted butternut squash with stuffing in them.

If you haven’t read all about my local farmer’s market in other posts, you can read more about it in this recipe for ground pork lettuce wraps.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

This leftover Thanksgiving stuffing recipe is so easy to make! Preheat the oven to 375º F.

A butternut squash cut in half on a cutting board.

Step 1: I sliced the butternut squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and roast them partway. This gives you nice cavities to stuff with your leftovers!

Ways to Cook Butternut Squash:

  • In this recipe, I roasted the butternut squash in my oven for 20 minutes before stuffing them. This gives them time to soften and caramelize without burning any stuffing.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can microwave the butternut squash to get it ready to stuff quickly. Place the de-seeded butternut squash halves face down in a microwave-safe dish. Cook for 8-10 minutes on high, depending on your butternut squash size.

Step 3: Mix your stuffing and leftover mixture in a large mixing bowl. My stuffing mixture contains leftover turkey, stuffing, mushrooms, pecans, and mozzarella cheese. The flavors bake in wonderfully with the butternut squash.

Step 4: Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. If the stuffing gets too brown, cover it with aluminum foil. Serve it hot as a meal or a side dish.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you make this recipe dairy-free?

To keep this recipe dairy-free, use Daiya, VioLife, or another cheese substitute!

How do you store leftover stuffed butternut squash?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for up to 3 days.

More Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes:

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Stuffing stuffed butternut squash on a serving plate.

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Sandi Gaertner
Gluten Free Stuffed Butternut Squash uses your Thanksgiving leftovers to make the perfect dish.
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 314 kcal


  • 1 butternut squash roasted
  • ½ cup gluten free stuffing
  • 4 mushrooms sliced
  • ½ cup leftover turkey chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onion diced
  • ¼ cup pecans optional
  • ¼ cup diced persimmon


  • cup cheddar cheese You can also use parmesan


  • Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  • Slice a butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes to partially cook. (I used my toaster oven so it took about 15 minutes. It may take longer in a larger oven.)
  • In a large bowl, add all stuffing ingredients.
  • Remove squash from oven and fill holes with stuffing.
  • Bake another 15 minutes until vegetables cook and cheese melts.
  • Enjoy!


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 186mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9g
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Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This post was updated from an old November 2019 post with more recipe details.

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  1. Your recipe involves two of my favorite things – butternut squash and stuffing! Such a brilliant idea to repurpose leftovers! I’ll definitely be making some.

  2. 5 stars
    These may be intended to be made for leftovers, but I could see it on the Thanksgiving table as well. This is a fun way to present leftovers.

  3. 5 stars
    This is a great way to use up the leftovers. I love stuffing things. It makes the leftovers look like a brand new meal.

  4. Interesting use of leftovers. Had to pay attention to the picture as they looked like lamb chops from far (yes, I need to change my glasses 😉

  5. This looks fab, and I love using the squash to be the main ingredient to yummy leftovers. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  6. This is great. I actually didn’t cook butternut squash for Thanksgiving this year, so this would be a great way to work it in afterwards!

  7. I love the stuffing ingredients you added to this. It’s going on my list for when I can get a squash! Thanks for the recipe, looks absolutely delicious!

  8. Great idea, Sandi! And your stuffed squash looks absolutely delicious! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!


    1. Thank you Shirley 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful time with your family. I hope you can avoid the craziness of black Friday today.

      1. Sandi, we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving–thank you! We will barely be venturing out today as we want nothing to do with black Friday! I hope you can stay at a safe, sane distance away as well. 😉

      2. Agreed about Black Friday. My husband ordered the few techie things he wanted online. Our only venturing out is tomorrow because we like to support Shop Local Saturday, a local tradition after Black Friday. Our little Campbell downtown area is all little businesses (no chains) and we do a lot of our shopping there to help support them. There is everything from gourmet chocolates, locally made olive oils, locally roasted coffees to toys and so much more.

      3. Sandi, we have a wonderful downtown area in “our” city, Fredericksburg, too, and Small Business Saturday is what tomorrow is being promoted as for them. However, my aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding celebration is being held tomorrow afternoon an hour away so we won’t get to support our local businesses tomorrow, but we’ll catch up in the next week. 😉 Have fun tomorrow!