Recipe/ Side Dish/ Vegetable

Stuffed Pattypan Squash

August 29, 2015 (Last Updated: October 11, 2020)

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Stuffed pattypan squash filled with a savory bread stuffing. 

Stuffed pattypan squash on a blue patterned plate.

Today I am keeping my fingers crossed for rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  Rain, but no wind and no lightning.  Unfortunately the forecast is  for high winds, thunderstorms, and rain amounts less than a 1/10 of an inch.

The problem is this is the driest year, so far, on record.  It’s also one of the hottest.  We are surrounded by horrible forest fires.  The smoke has been unbelievable.  Every morning, I check the weather, the fires, and the air quality.  All outdoor sports (games and practices) have been cancelled.  You can’t see anything outside.

I feel like I’m at the coast in a really heavy fog….only it’s not fog…’s smoke…..and it smells…..   I’m relieved we haven’t started school yet.  I’m certain we’d have indoor recess all day long.  We wouldn’t be able to open any windows and we do not have air conditioning.  School starts after labor day.  I’m hopeful  the fires and the smoke will be better by then.

Today, according to the weather, we are in a red-flag warning, meaning the conditions are just perfect for more fires.  I am just hoping no new fires start and the existing fires don’t get worse.  I do count my blessings that the fires aren’t close enough to worry about our house and property. I just hope it stays that way.  I’m hoping for rain.  Lots and lots of rain!

Stuffed Patty Pan squash with the lid of the squash learning on the side.

What is pattypan squash?

Even with imperfect weather, the garden keeps producing.  Pattypan squash are cute, little summer squash with scalloped edges. Did I say little?  Well, they start out little. If you aren’t careful, they become enormous!  Ours got quite big.

Pattypan is a summer squash that grows in a scalloped shape.

Instead of just feeding these huge ones to the chickens, I decided to make stuffed pattypan squash. This recipe can be used for any size squash…you just would adjust the amount of stuffing in each squash and the bake time.

Green and yellow Patty Pan Squash is different sizes.

Pattypan squash comes in different colors and sizes. Yellow is the most common but we also get light green squash. 

Stuffed Pattypan with stuffing spilling down the side of the squash.

When the squash get big, the seeds also get big.  Too big for using in this recipe.  I just scooped out the center and tossed them into our compost bucket.  If you had small squash (tennis ball size or smaller)  you could scoop out the middle and use it in the stuffing.

This stuffing does benefit from squash in the actual filling.  I just cut up an extra squash and added it to the filling.  It’s not like I had a shortage of squash!

How do I make stuffed pattypan squash?

First scoop out the squash.

Hollowed out pattypan squash in a casserole dish.

Then add stuffing to squash and top with shredded cheese.

Yellow pattypan squash filled with a stuffing and cheese.

Place lid on squash.

Stuffed squash in a white baking dish.

Bake for 30-45 minutes until squash are soft and stuffing is cooked through. 

If you are looking for other delicious squash recipes, check out this Alfredo Spaghetti Squash and Enchilada Stuffed Squash.

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Pattypan squash filled with cheesy stuffing and a blue and white flowered plate.


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Stuffed pattypan squash

Stuffed Pattypan Squash

Large pattypan squash stuffed with a cheesy filling.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 228 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cups ricotta
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded (Save 1/4 cup for topping))
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup pattypan squash (finely diced)
  • 4-6 whole patty pan squash


  • Cut tops off squash and scoop out center. Set in baking dish and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients, reserving 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese. Fill each pattypan squash with the filling.
  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes. Time depends on size of squash and amount of filling.


You can use any size squash. Just adjust the baking time.


Calories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 12gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 416mgPotassium: 149mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 325IUVitamin C: 3.9mgCalcium: 276mgIron: 1.9mg
Keyword stuffed pattypan squash, stuffed squash
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  • Reply
    Ginger Sznakowski
    July 18, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Can I roast the squash, freeze and then finish the recipe later?

    • Reply
      July 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Ginger, I have not tried this before so I don’t know how it would turn out.

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    September 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    5 stars
    Next week my CSA will have pattypan squash and I’m been thinking about what to do with them when they arrive. Now I have a recipe! Love that it’s vegetarian too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing and so glad the rains came because that’s super scary about the forest fires. Hope it didn’t affect too many people/wildlife/nature and everything is okay.

    • Reply
      September 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

      How fun to get a box of fresh veggies every week! Let me know if you give the stuffed pattypan squash a try. We finally got rain here! Yahoo!!!

  • Reply
    Kalee @ The Crowded Table
    August 31, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Those squash are so cute! The recipe looks delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚ Those fires sound awful, I’m sending prayers for rain!!!

    • Reply
      September 1, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Thanks, Kalee!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    August 31, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I hope you get lots of rain today! It has been raining a lot in my city for last 3-4 days! I have never tried this squash but it sounds fantastic!

    • Reply
      September 1, 2015 at 4:58 am

      We can take some of your rain! We did get one day with good steady showers. We could use some more though!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 31, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I’ve seen pattypan squash at the farmer’s market, but I’ve never picked any up. I love how you stuffed these…they look delicious! Also, I really hope you guys get some rain out there. It’s been on the national news for a while. ๐Ÿ™ I’ll do a rain dance for you today…does that help??

    • Reply
      September 1, 2015 at 4:58 am

      I think your rain dance worked…we had a good rain. Could still use a lot more though! Keep dancing!!!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ RYG
    August 31, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Hi Kathy, those squash are new for me where I live. I confess, I’m lazy just roast and eat. I love your stuffed squash and when I can get my hands on a few, I will be trying this! So cheesy. Comfort food in squashy form. Love it. Sorry about those fires! Crazy. It’s been very rainy here. But hot. High 80’s, for Buffalo, NY. Insane! Humid. So weird! School starts the day after labor day for us as well. Indoor recess sounds great all day! My husband is the gym teacher so the principal a lot of time asks for favors in emergency situations like creating games and breaking up all fights at school, ha.

    • Reply
      August 31, 2015 at 5:38 am

      So many squash…so little time to try them all!

  • Reply
    Kennedy Cole
    August 31, 2015 at 4:19 am

    5 stars
    Those squashes are so adorable! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of them. Maybe next Summer. But this dish looks like the perfectly cheesy way to celebrate whats left of Summer! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply
      August 31, 2015 at 4:51 am

      I love the cheesiness.

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    August 31, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Patty pans look so adorable and yummy! I hope that you get a nice rain today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      August 31, 2015 at 4:51 am

      We did get some rain! The temps cooled down. It was a perfect baking day!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    August 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I’ve always seen those little pattypans in the grocery and have never known what to do with them. Now I do! And I really, really hope you get a nice long steady rain today. That must be terrifying to be so close to all that fire.

    • Reply
      August 31, 2015 at 4:50 am

      We had a nice, long steady rain! Yahoo!!!

  • Reply
    August 29, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Patty pans are so pretty! Praying for better weather and conditions so those fires will die out.

    • Reply
      August 29, 2015 at 6:13 am

      Thanks, Suzi! Me too!!!

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