Farro, kale and sausage come together perfectly in this hearty stuffed delicata squash, topped with Canadian Le Gré des Champs cheese.

Farro, kale and sausage come together perfectly in this hearty stuffed delicata squash, topped with Canadian Le Gré des Champs cheese. | livinglou.com

It’s time to get back on that comfort food train, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off fall than with stuffed delicata squash with gooey, melted, Canadian cheese.

Fall is by far my favourite season for cooking. We can finally entertain the idea of turning on the oven and spending a Sunday with a sauce bubbling away on the stove.

Le Gré des Champs is this month’s featured cheese and its the namesake cheese of Quebecs Au Gré des Champs. With a floral, hazelnut-like flavour, I knew this cheese would pair perfectly with my favourite grain, farro. Farro has a nutty flavour and chewy texture that works perfectly with the sweetness of delicata squash.

Farro, kale and sausage come together perfectly in this hearty stuffed delicata squash, topped with Canadian Le Gré des Champs cheese. | livinglou.com

This recipe comes together in a few steps and it may appear to be a little bit more involved, but I promise, it’s worth it. Start by roasting the squash in the oven and cooking farro (farro is cooked the same way you cook pasta), while those two things are happening, you work on the filling.

Sauté some onion and garlic, add mushrooms and hot Italian sausage and then right at the end throw in some bitter kale and stir in the cooked farro. This mixture gets stuffed into the delicata squash and topped with a generous sprinkling of cheese—you can even add more cheese, I think it’s the best part.

Farro, kale and sausage come together perfectly in this hearty stuffed delicata squash, topped with Canadian Le Gré des Champs cheese. | livinglou.com
With many cold months ahead of us and tons of squash to eat, it’s important to have different techniques and methods for preparing these dishes and playing around with different cheeses is the perfect way to elevate any favourite fall dish.

Yields Serves 4

Kale and Farro Stuffed Delicata Squash

15 minPrep Time

28 minCook Time

43 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 2 delicata squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 4 oz sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 cup grated Le Gré des Champs cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook farro according to package directions reserving 1/3 cup of water, set aside. Preheat oven to 425. Brush squash with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with ¼ tsp salt. Roast squash for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add remaining oil and onion, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic, cook for another 4 minutes. Add sausage meat, crumble and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add kale and cooked farro. If it starts to stick, add a few tablespoons of reserved farro water to loosen brown bits at the bottom of the pan.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in sage. Stuff ½ cup of mixture into each squash, sprinkle evenly with cheese.
  4. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes.
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