How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Brown ground beef and drain.
  • While beef is cooking, cut a 3-inch opening in the stem end of a pumpkin, like you would a jack-o-lantern, reserving the top piece. Remove and discard seeds and pulp.
  • Add celery and onion to beef; cook until tender.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and spoon into the pumpkin or squash.
  • Place the top of the pumpkin to fit over the filling on top of the pumpkin.
  • Lightly grease a 10-inch circle in the center of a baking sheet.
  • Place filled pumpkin on greased pan. Because of the stem, you may need to lower your oven rack.
  • Bake 1 to 2 hours or until pumpkin is tender and filling is bubbly and hot throughout.
  • To serve, spoon some of the cooked pumpkin along with the meat filling onto plates.
  • Serves 6 to 8.
  • Note: If using squash, you may need two, depending on the size. Or, any leftover filling can be baked in a greased and covered baking dish.
  • Note: This most often takes the entire two hours to bake completely if the filling is not divided into smaller squash.
  • Note: When I made this to take the pictures, I used a 7 lb. pumpkin and also picked up a smaller squash for the rest of the filling. It came out perfect with less than a cup of filling left over.
  • Note: I add more than double of the onions and celery, plus a liberal amount of garlic. I also like to use brown or wild rice. In the pictures I used brown.
This is a 7-lb pumpkin. Added left-over filling to a small squash.   Close

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  • onedegree 9 years ago
    I just made this & it was wonderful! I used cream of mushroom instead of cream of chicken soup & I omitted the brown sugar. I did add a bit of parmesan cheese & garlic salt. I have enough left over to feed an army. I am going to try & freeze some. (My hubby doesn't like leftovers more than once, I would eat it all week.) Oh, I left out the soy sauce too. Thanks for the recipe.
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  • demoniksigns 9 years ago
    dude this is a halloween dinner if i have ever seen one... lol it looks delish... i will in fact try this as soon as i can get a pumpkin... check out some of my recipes... i sent a friend request as well! bon apetite!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    buncobimbo ate it and said...
    This looks really good. My pumpkins are growing like weeds this year! I was wondering what to do with them I know! mmmm!
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  • xan 10 years ago
    my daughter selected your recipe for a 4H cookery contest in october of last year she took grand champion. And advanced to the next level which was commodity cookery in March of this year. We tried keeping a pumpkin until then but 2 weeks before the competition the pumpking began to rot. So we converted it into dinner in a squash using 4 spaghetti squash. We must say it tasted better with the squash and she placed 2nd out of 8 parishes. Wonderful recipe!!!
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  • jabec 10 years ago
    very cool
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  • nemo 10 years ago
    the photos are great! ;) Good job... it really does look so tasty and fun!

    Here in Italy people don't eat much pumpkins or squashes in general... odd. I love them. In SA we used to eat it often. I'm going to grow some of my own so I will have a supply, they are not easily found here. Thanks for letting me know about the update! ^_^
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  • nemo 10 years ago
    This sounds like a beautiful meal! :)
    I'd like to try it just for the fun of seeing the faces at the table lol... I think these Italians would think it quite strange!! haha....

    I think it sounds uniquely yummy!
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  • jabec 10 years ago
    this recipe deserves a photo.
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