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Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Acorn squash gets a sweet-and-savory treatment when stuffed with sausage, onion, spinach and cranberries to make this pretty autumn entree. Cooking the squash in the microwave makes this quick enough for a busy weeknight.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • 1. Cut squash in half; remove and discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a large skillet; add onion. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl, beat egg and milk; stir in the spinach, bread crumbs, cranberries and sausage mixture.
  • 3. Turn squash cut side up. Stuff with sausage mixture. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 485 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 133 mg cholesterol, 843 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Reviews for Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2016

"This was very different and good. The microwave preparation worked, and the cranberries were a nice touch (2 things I was skeptical about). I made a few changes. I used regular sausage because my one year old would be eating with us. I also used double the amount of breadcrumbs and onion, diced pepper instead of spinach because I did not have any spinach, and I had three small/medium acorn squash. It would have been enough to stuff four squash as we had extra filling. I would like to try it with spinach but will make these other changes again. There would be too much sausage following the recipe exactly, which is why I'm giving it 4 stars."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"Good concept but yields a flavorless dud.

The problem with the recipe is you should never not roast a squash and the squash with mix in the oven. Microwaving just makes everything soggy. Further, no seasonings, not even salt or pepper are added for flavor.
I made it again but with some additional ingredients and different heating method.
After cutting the squash in half and scooping out the innards, line the halved squash with brown sugar and a little bit of salt. Roast for about 10 minutes so it caramelizes and the salt brings out the flavors. Do the same mixture provided but add either oregano, rosemary, or even Italian seasoning if you have it, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Put the mixture within the squashes, and roast again until the meat is cooked."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"This was a really good recipe. I made half exactly as written and the other half vegan for my niece. For her portion I used vegan "meat" crumbles and left out the milk and egg. I mixed mine up first and used it as a model for hers; which I slowly added water to match the consistency. She actually liked it better than me and said she is going to make it again for Thanksgiving for herself and my sister who is also vegan."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"Really good. My husband was very surprised that it was from the microwave."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Very good, i will definitely make again."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"So delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"I have made this several times and we love it. It is super easy, very tasty and unlike most of our other recipes. My husband was leary at first, but the spicy sausage and cranberry won him over."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"This was great. I had some extra acorn squash left over from my CSA box. My husband hates he thought, LOL! He loved this. I used spicy sausage."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"changed a good bit... but used this recipe as a base. Added celery with the onion. Used apple instead of breadcrumbs (very yummy) and a big dolup of sour cream rather than egg and milk. No spinach and added a little fresh sage. All in all really good."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"Very good, but I made 4 whole squash/8 halves and couldn't fit into my microwave to finish so used conventional oven...added more soft crumbs to stuffing and it was plenty to fill all 8 halves. made enough for"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"A very good and different way to prepare squash. This recipe is a keeper. Spicy pork sausage is a must"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2008

"I was not sure if my dh would like this recipe but tried it on the advice of my daughter who liked it. It was a success and easy! Very tasty."

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