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Sausage-Stuffed Eight-Ball Squash Recipe

Preview: Sausage-Stuffed Eight-Ball Squash is an unusual-looking squash with a taste similar to zucchini. I think you’ll like this easy, colorful, and delicious dinner entree recipe.

Do you ever buy produce that looks interesting, but which you have no idea how to use? That’s what happened when I brought home this eight-ball squash.

Maybe you have done the same thing, or you grow these squash. Either way, I hope you will try this recipe that makes a tasty and beautiful entree.

8-ball squash stuffed with a meaty filling and topped with cheese

What is Eight-Ball Squash?

Eight-ball squash are almost perfectly round balls. However, the color can vary. I’ve only seen the yellow/green color shown but they also come in a solid green more like a zucchini. 

The taste is similar to zucchini squash. When I saw these at the produce stand, I knew I had to try them.

 How to prepare Eight-Ball Squash:

First, slice off the stem end. You will want to cook the squash partially before you clean out the innards. Allow about 10 minutes with an inch of water in the pan unless the squash is extremely large.

Prepare the filling while the squash cook.

uncooked 8-ball squash

How to clean out Eight-Ball Squash:

A grapefruit spoon with serrated edges is a handy tool to dig the filling out of the squash. A melon baller works really well, too.

Sausage-Stuffed 8-Ball Squash -- scooping out squash

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Sausage Stuffed Eight Ball Squash

Unusual looking 8-ball squash with a familiar taste make a beautiful presentation stuffed with sausage and other veggies.
Paula Rhodes
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Pork
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 eight-ball squash
  • ½ pound hot sausage
  • ¼ cup onions - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic - chopped
  • ¼ cup bell peppers - chopped or 1 teaspoon jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 tomato - chopped
  • 3 ounces Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Slice off stem end of each squash. Place upside down in pan with one inch water and boil for 10 minutes.
  • After squash cools a bit, carve the flesh out of the inside and set aside in a colander to drain. A grapefruit spoon or melon baller works really well for this job.
  • Brown sausage in a medium skillet. Add onions, bell peppers or jalapeño, and garlic. Stir frequently and fry until vegetables as soft.
  • Add tomato and well-drained, chopped squash from inside the balls to meat mixture. Add half of cheese. Fill squash shells. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Place into 350 degree preheated oven until cheese melts.


Serving: 4gCalories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 16gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1082mgPotassium: 781mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1126IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 2mg


Keyword 8-ball squash recipe, 8-ball squash stuffed, eight ball squash, eight ball squash recipe, how to cook 8-ball squash, stuffed 8-ball squash recipe
Cuisine American
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Organic Dieta

Friday 13th of July 2012

I just bought some 8-ball squash today and was looking for recipe. This recipe sounds YUM ... I will have to substitute sausage with quinoa since I am a vegetarian. Thank you so much


Friday 13th of July 2012

Love your idea to use quinoa. Think I'll try that myself. Thanks for writing.


Friday 24th of February 2012

Omg! These look delicious! I can't wait to try them for dinner sometime soon!


Friday 15th of July 2011

Could the zucchini be stuffed then frozen for future use?


Wednesday 16th of September 2009

This looks original and delicious! Thanks for sharing :)


Monday 14th of September 2009

Your stuffed squash looks delicious! The fact that you are using almost perfectly round squash...Impressive!