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Beef-Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Beef-Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

My husband is retired, so we do quite a bit of traveling. I like to cook, travel and add to my collection of fund-raiser cookbooks. I have one from every state except Vermont!—Jean Gaines, Bullhead City, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 small acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. Invert squash in an 11x7-in. baking dish. Add water and cover with foil. Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook beef, onion and celery over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the flour, salt and sage until blended. Add milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in rice.
  • 3. Transfer squash to a baking sheet. Fill cavity with meat mixture. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cheese and bake 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 276 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 408mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 16g protein.

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Paige-Markie User ID: 7471422 40864
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"I have been making this recipe for the last few years and it is a favorite of my husband and I in the Fall. I have tried others and keep going back to this one. I am making this tonight for a nice Fall dinner!"

[email protected] User ID: 3663021 18322
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"This is our absolute favorite filling for acorn squash! I return to it over and over. I follow the recipe exactly."

mrs.mark User ID: 5436322 19848
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"Tastey, but not my favorite."

ainnieannie User ID: 6733840 18653
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"My family LOVED this recipe! I had to change a few things though. My daughter is lactose intolerant so I used almond vanilla milk and I think that helped make the beef sweeter to match the sweetness of the squash. I also didn't have rice so I used bread crumbs instead. Great recipe!"

castlek User ID: 1056158 202077
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"To be honest, my family did not care for this recipe. I did not have rubbed sage so substituted poultry seasoning. Maybe that was an issue. I personally did not care for how the filling and squash fit. Karen"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 20153
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"We all thought the filling in this was excellent, but hubby and kids didn't think it went well with the sweetness of the acorn squash. Personally, I liked it."

maratha User ID: 3821544 74087
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"husband suggested microwaving the acorns, scooping out the pulp and mixing it with ground beef and seasonings and baking it in a casserole dish. Both ways were very tasty."

cherylynnb User ID: 1377077 202076
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"I have made this recipe several times, and each time, it has turned out great. I made this for my family like it is written and received many compliments on it."

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