Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
I've been searching for recipes to use up my abundance of cucuzza squash from my garden. There aren't many recipes out there using this unique squash. A cucuzza is a long green Italian squash with a bit of a nutty flavor. I adapted this recipe from a recipe in a Taste of Home Magazine called "Butternut Cream Pie". I changed it up a bit and I think it tastes similar to a pumpkin cream pie.
- 2 1⁄2 cups cucuzza, peeled, seeded and cubed
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 (5 1/8 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 9 inches pie shells, baked
- whipped cream (optional) or Cool Whip (optional)
- Place cubed cucuzza in a saucepan with water.
- If needed, add enough water to cover cucuzza.
- Simmer over medium heat until cucuzza is tender, about 15 minutes.
- Drain off water and allow cucuzza to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
- Add spices, pudding mix, and milk.
- Beat until smooth.
- Add cucuzza to the cream cheese mixture and stir.
- Pour into pie shell.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.
- If desired, top with whipped cream or Cool Whip topping.
- ~NOTE~This pie isn't very colorful.
- If you like you can add a little food coloring in step#5.