Kabocha Squash and Ground Beef
Marla Sarris

Baked Kabocha Squash and Ground Beef

Kabocha squash has a sweeter taste than other squash. You may have some difficulty finding it in most grocery stores but if you do I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. This double decker, multi-layer baked kabocha squash and Paleo ground beef recipe will help warm you up on a cool night and it will taste just as good cold, as leftovers, the next day.

Baked Kabocha Squash

I made a savory and a sweet variety of baked kabocha squash. The ones you see below are the sweet variety and all the rest shown are savory.

Baked Kabocha Squash

Make Squash For Dessert

Chop two apples and season the squash and apples with melted coconut oil, a healthy sampling of cinnamon and a pinch or two of sea salt and bake on a rimmed baking sheet. The baked apples and squash will melt together in your mouth and provide you with a dessert worthy dish to finish off the savory meal I’ve included below.

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Baked Kabocha Squash and Ground Beef


  • 1 kabocha squash, cubed
  • sea salt, to taste
  • coarse ground black pepper, to taste
  • chervil seasoning, to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

Directions Serves 2-4

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cube the squash and split it between two rimmed baking sheets. Season with sea salt, black pepper, chervil seasoning and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to combine on the rimmed baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, toss and continue to bake squash for a final 20 minutes.
  3. While the squash is baking add the onion and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. After 3-5 minutes add the ground beef. Break up the meat and season with sea salt and black pepper. Stir to combine with the garlic and onion.
  5. After 7-10 minutes add the pumpkin puree, tomato paste and fresh rosemary. Stir to combine well. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and let the meat simmer until the squash in the oven is done.
  6. Remove the squash from the oven and assemble your meal.
  7. In a deep bowl add a few scoops of ground beef, top with baked squash and serve.
  8. Enjoy! :)

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  1. Kate Koger says:

    Kabocha squash or Jap Pumpkin as it’s known in Australia is one of the most AMAZING pumpkins. It is very popular back home and when I am able to get it here in the UK I snap them up quickly. The flavour of them is amazing. I had a Queensland Grey pumpkin that I finished on the weekend (we roasted it and it’s delish!!). :D

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