Stuffed Pumpkin Meatloaf

Meatloaf by itself is delicious and easy to make, but now that it’s pumpkin season, why not stuff one with this easy recipe? 

This stuffed pumpkin meatloaf is an all-in-one savoury dish, perfect for a weeknight dinner or a party meal, and you can show off with the presentation. 

stuffed pumpkin mealoaf

How to make stuffed pumpkin meatloaf

Prepping this centrepiece dish starts by choosing the right size pumpkin or squash. We recommend picking a medium size as it will be quicker to cook, and even more importantly, it needs to fit your oven! 

The recipe might look elaborate, but if you look more closely, it is as straightforward as regular meatloaf with additional pumpkin and pumpkin spices to celebrate the season. The pumpkin is most definitely the hero of this dish, as it performs as a serving dish and is part of the meal!

Another plus with this recipe is you can prepare completely in advance and whilst it is delicious warm, it is also nice to eat it when cold. Reheating is possible but be aware that the pumpkin might become mushy after reheating.

Related: Pumpkin puree 2 ways

stuffed pumpkin mealoaf

Stuffed Pumpkin Meatloaf

This stuffed pumpkin meatloaf is an all-in-one savoury dish, perfect for a weeknight dinner or a party meal, and you can show off with the presentation.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Meat & Poultry
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 438 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



Prepare the panade

  • Mix the diced crusted stale bread with the milk and soak for 20 minutes.
    make a panade

Prepare the squash

  • Remove the seeds and cut out enough pumpkin to make place for the meat.
    hollow out a pumpkin
  • Season the squash with salt and pepper and wrap in aluminium foil. Dice the removed pumpkin and keep aside.
    wrap pumpkin in foil

Prepare the vegetables

  • Pan-fry the onions, carrots and leek over medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
    fry onions
  • Add the garlic and the diced pumpkin and cook again for 5 minutes until all vegetables are soft and tender. Season the vegetable mix with salt and pepper and cool.
    cooking pumpkin for stuffing

Prepare the stuffing

  • Combine the minced meats, salt, pepper, pumpkin spices and the eggs.
    mix meat with spices for meatloaf
  • Add the panade and mix well.
    mix meat for pumpkin filling
  • Add the fresh herbs, pumpkin seeds and the cooked vegetables and combine.
    make meatloaf mix
  • Fill the squash cavity with the stuffing and bake for 25 minutes at 180°C, then 60 minutes at 150°C to reach a core temperature at 62°C.
    fill a pumpkin with meatloaf mix
  • Remove from the oven and serve.
    ovenbake stuffed pumpkin

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 18gFat: 29gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 609mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 19023IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 3mg
Keyword meatloaf, pumpkin, stuffing
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Highlights of pumpkin meatloaf

Cooking meatloaf in a pumpkin is a fun and special way to serve a meal. Eat it alone as a fulfilling snack or add a quick salad and make dinner out of it. Either way, you will reap the health benefits of the pumpkin whilst enjoying your favourite meatloaf.

Stuffed pumpkin meatloaf is a lovely addition to any dinner party, and can be taken to a potluck supper since it is a no-fuss meal to serve. Plus, it looks fabulous on the table!

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