Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage and Apples
This Stuffed Acorn Squash is fall embodied in one recipe. It will become a quick favorite with its healthy mix of sweet and savory in one filling and satisfying recipe.
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys. It’s a recent favorite and it instantly went into our regular rotation. It screams fall boldly with its flavors and warmth. It’s cozy, nutritious, and easy to make. All the things we love about a recipe!
For some reason, I associate stuffed squash with being difficult to make or a hassle but it’s actually so easy! I made the farro in the morning so it was ready to go, but the squash takes 45 minutes to an hour to cook so you could prepare the entire filling while the squash cooks.
Tip: Grains such as rice, quinoa and farro freeze really well after they’re cooked! When I’m cooking a grain, I often cook the entire bag and freeze it in labeled bags with 1, 2, or 3 cup portions. It thaws quickly in the fridge or on the counter and makes healthy eating even easier!
With this recipe, as the squash cooks, you’ll brown the sausage and vegetables, and then you add in the apples to soften and the grains to warm through. By the time you’re done, the squash has finished cooking. All that’s left to do then is fill it (fill it as full as you can!) and return it to the oven for about 10 minutes to melt that flavorful sharp white cheddar cheese.
There’s something about the combination of sausage and apple, sweet dried cherries, a little bit of sage, and flavorful cheddar that is pure comfort food. The best part is, it’s so filling, hearty, and healthy! It’s a win-win in my book.
How to Make this a Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash
While I love the sausage in this recipe, you could use a vegetarian meat substitute, add chopped mushrooms instead, or add a little more cheese. All of those would be delicious options! It would also be good with some pecans or walnuts added in!
How to Make this stuffed Acorn Squash Paleo
To make it paleo, leave out the farro and cheese. Try adding chopped walnuts or pecans.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 547 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 57mg Carbohydrates: 80g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 12g Protein: 30g
Husband’s take: Honestly I wasn’t completely sure if Ben would like this (squash isn’t necessarily his favorite), but he really loved it!
Changes I would make: None at all are needed, but try some of my adaptations I mentioned above if you want to mix it up a little.