Beef and Rice Stuffed Squash (Kusa Mihshi)


I love this dish because it's so easy to make and you really don't need any sides with it. The zucchini squash is filled with a seasoned rice and meat mixture and cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 180
Fat 7g
Saturated fat 3g
Carbohydrates 17g
Sodium 1,268mg
Fiber 3g
Protein 4g
Cholesterol 33mg

Beef and Rice Stuffed Squash (Kusa Mihshi)

8 zucchini
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


  • 8 (5-in.) light green zucchini
  • 1 cup long-grain rice, rinsed
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 TB. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 cups plain tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. dried mint


Trim off top of zucchini, and using a zucchini corer or a teaspoon, core zucchini. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine long-grain rice, beef, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and [1/2] teaspoon black pepper.

Loosely stuff each zucchini with 3 or 4 tablespoons rice mixture. Do not overstuff.

In a large pot over low heat, combine tomato sauce, water, remaining 1 tablespoon garlic, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, remaining [1/2] teaspoon black pepper, and mint.

Add stuffed zucchini to tomato sauce, cover, and cook for 1 hour.

Serve warm.

Tasty Tip
For Beef-Stuffed Squash in Garlic Yogurt Sauce, replace the tomato sauce with 4 cups plain Greek yogurt.

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