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Stuffed Acorn Squash for Two

Stuffed Acorn Squash for Two

Tracy Nawara
Date night during Autumn calls for a fancy, yet stunning dish! Stuffed Acorn Squash for Two features an apple and veggie filling topped with herby gluten-free breadcrumbs and lots of butter.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 onion, small dice
  • 2 carrots, small dice
  • 2 celery ribs, small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 small apple, small dice
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried Herbes de Provence
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Halve your acorn squash and scoop out the pulp and seeds from the middle, making a cavity for the stuffing later.
  • Place cut-side-down on a lined baking sheet. Rub both sides liberally with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with some salt. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the squash becomes slightly tender.
  • Meanwhile, heat the other tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, carrots, and celery to the hot oil. Cook, frequently stirring, for about 5 minutes until the veggies start to caramelize.
  • Next, add the garlic, dried herbs, and broth. Bring to a simmer and reduce for 2 minutes. Season to taste with the remaining salt.
  • Then, add the quinoa, apple, and spinach. Cook gently until the spinach begins to wilt, about 2 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  • In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and herbs.
  • Flip your cooked acorn squash so that it is cut-side-up. Generously fill each half with the filling, creating a mound in the middle.
  • Top each mound with the breadcrumb mixture. Then, top each with 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Place back into the 400-degree oven and cook for another 20-30 minutes until the filling is browned and the squash is very tender.
  • Serve as a main course or side dish.
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