Tender roasted squash filled with a sweet and savory wild rice stuffing, this Stuffed Acorn Squash is a delicious main dish full of Fall flavors. It’s healthy, oil-free, gluten-free, and easy to make.
OK, time to be honest. This is my first attempt at making stuffed acorn squash. And, I can tell you it won’t be the last. I guess I always thought it was just too much work. But, I was wrong and I admit it. It’s an incredibly simple, hearty, and filling meal that’s super nutritious.
The flavors are absolutely amazing: sweet, savory, and earthy. It’s like eating a bowl full of Fall! You can serve this up by itself or pair it with a healthy green salad. And, it’s excellent for both casual and fancy dining. It’s guaranteed to impress. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- It’s incredibly simple to make
- Healthy, hearty, and filling
- Vegetarian and vegan
- It’s oil-free and gluten-free
- You get to eat out of an acorn squash. Fun times!
Let’s roast, baby!
⏲ Baking Time
Cooking times may vary because every appliance is different. The flesh of the squash should be easily pierced with a knife. So, the cooking time should range between 25-35 minutes.
🥘 Ingredients For Stuffed Acorn Squash
Here’s a quick rundown of the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this vegetarian stuffed acorn squash.
- Acorn Squash: make sure they are fairly similar in size. You don’t want anyone feeling like they’re getting the shaft when you serve it.
- Maple Syrup: I use this to baste the inside of the squash so it browns as it bakes. And, it adds a hint of sweetness. But, this is completely optional.
- Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing: This is great to make ahead of time so it’s ready to go. It’s a delicious mixture of savory, sweet, and earthiness. It pairs so well with the squash. CLICK HERE to get the recipe.
This vegetarian stuffed acorn squash recipe is so simple to make. If you’ve already made the wild rice it’s even easier. You basically cut, roast, stuff, and serve.
- Preheat your oven to 425˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the acorn squash in half either lengthwise or crossways, thinly slice the bottom of each half so the squash will stand up, and scoop out the seeds. You can use a spoon, an ice cream scoop, or a tablespoon measuring spoon.
- Rub or brush the inside of the squash with a bit of the maple syrup. This helps the squash to brown up nicely since we’re not using oil and it also adds a little more sweetness to the squash.
- Place the squash on the baking sheet cut-side up, and roast for 25-30 minutes until the squash is tender and the skin is easily pierced with a knife. (NOTE: If the wild rice stuffing is not already pre-made, make it while the acorn squash is roasting)
- Remove the squash from the oven and place hearty scoops of the Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing into each roasted acorn squash, place back in the oven, and roast for 10 minutes. (If you are making the stuffing at the same time you do not need to place the squash back in the oven.)
- Serve and enjoy!
Stuffed Acorn Squash FAQ
Be sure you have a good sharp knife, sturdy cutting board, baking sheet, and parchment paper. Links to all of these items can be found in the recipe card down below.
Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each squash so the squash can stand up. Be sure not to cut off too much or it will leave a hole. Also, cut the stems off the tops if they are too long. Now, cut each squash either lengthwise or crossways in half and scoop out the seeds.
Yes! You can make the vegetarian stuffed acorn squashes ahead of time, cover, and store in the refrigerator. Simply reheat when you’re ready to serve.
Acorn squash is winter produce. So, these make great Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes. But, it’s a simple and nutritious anytime meal because it’s great for casual or fancy dining during the colder months. Stuffed acorn squash is delicious comfort food.
Yes! It’s loaded with fiber and vitamins. In fact, the skin is usually the healthiest part of most fruits and vegetables.
💭 Top Tips
- Save the seeds: You can roast acorn squash seeds just like you would pumpkin seeds. So, save them to use as salad toppings or even garnishing this recipe.
- Wild Rice Stuffing: Make the stuffing fit the season by adding some dried cranberries or maple roasted pecans for extra flavor and texture.
- Make-Ahead: I like to cook the wild rice stuffing at least a day in advance. It’s one less step when you’re preparing this recipe.
- Substitutions: If you don’t have acorn squash, use a small pumpkin or butternut squash and follow the same roasting directions.
How To Store Leftovers
- Freezer: You can store stuffed acorn squash in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure and use freezer-safe containers to prevent freezer burn. And, let the squash thaw before reheating.
- Refrigerator: You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days in a covered container. If you are doing meal prep, these glass storage containers are excellent.
What Goes Good With Stuffed Acorn Squash
This recipe pairs great with so many things. A few of my favorite recipes are:
- Oil-Free Sautéed Kale
- Apple Walnut Salad with Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Easy Skillet Green Beans
More Vegan Recipes You’ll Love
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- The Best Vegan Stuffing
- Vegan Stuffed Bell Peppers
- The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Easy Vegan Gravy
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