Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.


2 servings

Updated: Sep. 09, 2022
Our Test Kitchen combined this popular winter squash with couscous, cherries, walnuts and seasonings and served it in the shell. Even kids will like this flavorful and filling dish.


  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/3 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; add water. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until tender.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring apple juice to a boil; stir in couscous. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  3. Scoop out squash, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Cut pulp into 1/2-in. pieces; place in a bowl. Stir in the couscous, cranberries, walnuts and onion. Combine the butter, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon; drizzle over couscous mixture and toss gently. Spoon into squash shells. Serve immediately.