Wheat Berry & Kale Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

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Wheat Berry & Kale Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

 Bring some whimsy to your summer with my Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe.

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt


Hi friends!

There is something kind of fun and whimsical about patty pan squash.  They are just about the cutest vegetable you can grow in my opinion!

I planted two Patty Pan squash plants this year and they have gone crazy!  I shared a few of them on Instagram and some of you asked what in the world I was going to do with them!   I cut a lot of them up and roasted or sauteed them like any other squash, but one day when I had a little more time on my hands, I stuffed them!

Enter my Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe.  See? Aren’t they cute!!!

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt

They are stuffed with so much goodness….

Wheat berries, mushrooms, kale, herbs and even a little feta for fun (you can easily leave that out to make this dairy-free or vegan)

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt

To make the Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe you start with larger patty pan squash.  These are about 4 inches across.

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt

Then I then cut off the top and scooped out the seeds like a pumpkin.

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt

Next I assembled the filling, stuffed the squash and put the little top hat back on the squash.

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt

The result is not only the tastiest, but cutest way to eat a patty pan squash.  It’s really a wonderful well- rounded vegetarian main course!

Lovely enough for guests, but simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner.

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt



Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

Julie Wunder
A healthy, vegetarian stuffed Patty Pan Squash. Features wheat berries, kale and mushrooms.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 stuffed patty pan squash


  • 4 large patty pan squash
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet onion, minced
  • 2-4 baby portobello mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh kale, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced fat crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked wheat berries
  • 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prep the squash by cutting off the top and using a small spoon to take out the seeds like a pumpkin. Season the inside with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • In a pan over medium heat saute the onion in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the mushrooms and garlic. Season with a pinch of the salt and pepper. Allow the mushrooms to soften for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the kale and lemon juice. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Saute until the kale wilts and starts to cook down.
  • Remove from heat and put the stuffing in a small bowl. Stir with the feta, basil, parsley and wheat berries. Adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Stuff the patty pan squash and place in sprayed baking dish. Put the tops in the cooking dish as well.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the squash is tender.
  • Serve with the tops on!
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Like it? I’d love it if you could pin this to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you so much for the support. 

Stuffed Patty Pan Squash recipe./ Running in a Skirt

Want more squash recipes?

Healthy Summer Squash Casserole

Healthy Summer Squash Casserole


No Noodle Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

no noodle vegetarian zucchini lasagna


Tomato Parmesan Zoodles



Pistachio Pesto Zoodles

Pistachio Pesto Zoodles - raw or cooked zucchini noodle dish / Running in a Skirt


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Your turn!

Have you ever cooked with patty pan squash?

By | 2018-06-28T13:12:07-04:00 August 2nd, 2016|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|30 Comments


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  4. Miz Helen August 15, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday. Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Kimmythevegan August 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    You grew this in your garden? Nice!
    These are completely adorable! I’ve seen patty pan squash at the market, but aside from roasting them, I wasn’t really sure what else to do with them. Love this idea!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays- this recipe is being featured this week! I’m pinning & sharing (and bookmarking to make soon!).

    • JulieWunder August 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      I did grow then! I have a little backyard garden and a green thumb! 🙂

  8. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition August 9, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Hi Julie! These squashes look so cute! What a great idea! I never new they were called pan squash and have always seen them but have not yet had the chance to cook with them (mainly because I didn’t know what to do with them). Excited to try out your recipe!

  9. Rachel August 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I love stuffed patty pan squash!

  10. Anne August 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    That squash is so adorable! I love that color -so vibrant!

  11. Sommer @aspicyperspective August 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    This squash recipe looks amazing! Great pics!

  12. [email protected] August 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I have never had those but they look simple enough to make and pretty healthy.

    • JulieWunder August 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      yes! They are really very easy! You could use the stuffing for zucchini too!

  13. Those are super cute love the wheat berries inside too!

  14. Mary Beth Jackson August 2, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    cute! I have seen those pan squash and wondered what the heck to do with them- good idea!

    • JulieWunder August 14, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      I know! They look a little intimidating– but just use them like any other squash.

  15. Shelley Marcy August 2, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Not only are they precious…..but they also have the cutest name!

  16. Susie @ Suzlyfe August 2, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Can I just say that you are one of the few people I know who have pattypan squash big enough to stuff? #lifegoals

    • JulieWunder August 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Haha! I really wanted a bunch of zucchini, and I got a few, but the patty pan took OFF!

  17. Blane Sherer August 2, 2016 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Well that is some pretty squash.

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