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Mahshi Sliced Kousa Squash Casserole

  • Author: Lily
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


One-pot mahshi sliced kousa squash casserole has minced meat, 7 spice, onions, garlic, tomatoes, squash, and rice. It doesn't need cored squash like traditional mahshi kousa.


Units Scale
  • 4 to 6 kousa squash about 5 cups sliced (Calabaza, calabacitas, or Mexican squash)** see note 1
  • 2 small onions or 1 large onion (2 cups chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb (or 500 grams) minced ground beef (or ground lamb)
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp 7 spice (or 1/2 tbsp cinnamon)
  • 5 cups of water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop the garlic and onions to the same size. Slice the ends off of the kousa squash. Slice the kousa into thin circles.
  2. In a nonstick large pot on high heat, add the olive oil. Once it starts to heat up, add the chopped onions and garlic. Sautee until starting to brown.
  3. Add the minced meat to the sauteed onions. Break apart any clumps and cook until browned (about 3 to 4 minutes). Add the ground 7 spice, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Turn the heat down slightly to medium-high heat. Add the sliced kousa, canned diced tomatoes, canned tomato paste, and 4 cups of water. Mix everything together. Cover and simmer on medium-high heat for about 25 minutes or until the kousa squash starts to break apart.
  5. Add 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of water. Mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes or until the rice is tender. 


  1. Substitute zucchini squash for kousa squash. Due to size differences, slice 5 cups of zucchini for an equal parts substitute.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 324 calories
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 215 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg

Keywords: kousa, kousa casserole, squash casserole, mahshi kousa, mehshi kousa

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