Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pinenuts and Cherries

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pinenuts and Cherries
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Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Allison Beck

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Squash can be intimidating. Ok, steam it and serve it as a purée, or peel, cube, and roast it until crispy in the corners, tender inside, and with a rich caramelized exterior. Delicious. But after a couple of times, it can get monotonous.

For someone gluten- and corn-free like me, finding healthy carbohydrates to satisfy my hankering can be a challenge. Stuffed acorn squash is one of my new favorite go-tos. Start with sausage, or for vegetarians, a base of brown rice. Supplement with sweeteners (honey or maple syrup) and spices as you wish, then add a variety of flavorings from cherries and pine nuts to something exotic, like pineapple, coconut, and chopped macadamia nuts. You can even try greens — kale, miso, and a garnish of scallion sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Trim off the bottom of each squash half so each sits flat. Brush with olive oil and maple syrup. Season with salt and bake for about 1 hour, or until the flesh is tender when pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the onions and turn the heat to medium high. Cook for about 10 minutes or until onions are golden and translucent. Season with a pinch of salt and add the turkey sausage. Cook about 10 minutes, or until the meat is cooked most of the way through. Add the cherries and remove from heat. Set aside.

Once the squash is tender, fill each with stuffing. Bake for about 10 minutes, until everything is warmed through. Garnish with pinenuts and serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

540 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber

Daily value:



  • Fat 28g 44%
  • Carbs 55g 18%
  • Saturated 4g 21%
  • Fiber 5g 21%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Monounsaturated 14g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 20g 41%
  • Cholesterol 64mg 21%
  • Sodium 521mg 22%
  • Calcium 132mg 13%
  • Magnesium 128mg 32%
  • Potassium 1,241mg 35%
  • Iron 3mg 19%
  • Zinc 4mg 27%
  • Phosphorus 321mg 46%
  • Vitamin A 69µg 8%
  • Vitamin C 34mg 56%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 31%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 31%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 31%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 41%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 60µg 15%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin K 15µg 19%
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