Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Savory, and sweet with a touch of heat blends perfectly in this sausage and apple stuffed acorn squash.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed squash is one of our favorite ways to enjoy all the squash fall brings. I love not only the flavor combinations but the ease of the squash being the entire meal, no sides needed.

I have always made stuffed acorn squash with the traditional yellow squash that is green on the outside. However, when shopping I noticed white acorn squash.

I was excited to try the white squash since I’d never seen it before this. A little bit of research tells me that white acorn squash is also called white pepper squash.

Acorn squash stuffed with sausage and apples

It turns out that the white version of acorn squash cooks a little bit faster and has a very mild flavor. It was fun to try something new, but in the end, the whole family decided they prefer traditional yellow squash both for flavor and texture.

Speaking of cooking squash, I suggest finding equal-sized squash for this recipe. Mainly so that everything finishes cooking at the same time.

Keeping your stuffed squash upright can be a challenge, if your squash falls over in the pan make individual tin foil rings to set them on. Four usually fit nicely together in a 9×13 pan. It can be a bit of a puzzle to get them all in and propped up.

For the stuffing, I love the flavor you get from hot sausage. But mild is fine as well, I usually use a pork sausage but a seasoned chicken sausage works great.

There’s no need to peel the apples just give them a fine chop before adding them to the skillet. I like the texture of keeping the walnuts a bit coarser.

roasted acorn squash in baking dish

Acorn Squash with Sausage and Apples

Sweet and savory acorn squash is stuffed with ingredients that are the epitome of fall.

  • 2 acorn squash
  • butter 
  • maple syrup 
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • hot Italian sausage
  • onion
  • garlic
  • apples 
  • allspice
  • fresh Italian parsley 
  • walnuts
sausage with apples and herbs in skillet

Sausage and Apple Acorn Squash

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the four squash halves in a 9×13 pan. Cut side up, brush with melted butter, and drizzle each squash with ½ tablespoon of maple syrup, season with salt and pepper. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 40 minutes.
  2. While the squash is baking, brown the sausage in a large skillet. When the sausage is almost cooked, add the onion and garlic. Continue cooking until the onions are tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the apples and allspice, saute just until the apples begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the parsley and walnuts. Stir to combine.
  4. Remove the squash from the oven and fill with the sausage mixture. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes or until the squash is tender when poked with a fork.
  5. Drizzle with the remaining maple syrup before serving.
Acorn squash stuffed with sausage and apples

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Acorn squash stuffed with sausage and apples

Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Savory, and sweet with a touch of heat blend perfectly in this sausage and apple stuffed acorn squash.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 acorn squash halved with seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion diced small, about ¾ cup worth
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 medium apples chopped into ½-inch pieces, about 1½ cups worth
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the four squash halves in a 9×13 pan. Cut side up, brush with melted butter, and drizzle each squash with ½ tablespoon of maple syrup, season with salt and pepper. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 40 minutes.
  • While the squash is baking, brown the sausage in a large skillet. When the sausage is almost cooked, add the onion and garlic. Continue cooking until the onions are tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the apples and allspice, saute just until the apples begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the parsley and walnuts. Stir to combine.
  • Remove the squash from the oven and fill with the sausage mixture. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes or until the squash is tender when poked with a fork.
  • Drizzle with the remaining maple syrup before serving.

Notes

Mild sausage may be substituted for hot sausage. Simply add ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes to create a little bit of heat, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 741kcal · Carbohydrates: 55g · Protein: 21g · Fat: 51g · Saturated Fat: 17g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g · Monounsaturated Fat: 19g · Trans Fat: 0.2g · Cholesterol: 101mg · Sodium: 1031mg · Potassium: 1305mg · Fiber: 7g · Sugar: 23g · Vitamin A: 1188IU · Vitamin C: 36mg · Calcium: 149mg · Iron: 4mg
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