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Ground Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Ground Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

This is an elegant-looking dish that can be served for special-occasion meals as well as everyday dinners. This is a "must" for our family when our garden squash is in bloom. --Ruth Stone, Lindsay, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tart apple, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 teaspoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 teaspoons butter


  • 1. Invert squash in two ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Add water and cover with foil. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Add the apple, rice, sunflower kernels and curry. Cook and stir until apple is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the egg, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 3. Place squash cut side up on a baking sheet. Place 1 teaspoon remaining brown sugar and 1 teaspoon butter in each half. Sprinkle with remaining salt. Fill with meat mixture.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe Note

Acorn squash are easier to cut in half if you first soften them in the microwave for a few minutes. Always pierce squash with a fork before microwaving to allow steam to escape.

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed squash half: 496 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 8g fiber), 23g protein.

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redhummert User ID: 4316524 273235
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2017

"Really delicious. After much skepticism, the kids devoured them and asked for leftovers."

SandyRohr User ID: 7256577 29118
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"This is an amazingly tasty dish and healthy too! I used wild rice and sliced toasted almonds,,,yum yum . Thank you Ruth"

Mlejnek User ID: 5541488 74660
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"This is an awesome meal! I like to eat mostly vegetarian meals, so will try substituting mushrooms for the meat."

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 203939
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"I was surprised at the delicious flavor and my 2 and 4 year old ate all their dinner for once! easy to make dish. Made no changes."

mollyque User ID: 4504744 46868
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"The stuffing was delicious! I forgot roast the squash before stuffing (it was one of THOSE dinner prep nights) so we ended up microwaving the squash and then dumping the stuffing on top. It worked. I can't wait until next time when I make it the *right* way!"

gregorym42 User ID: 4204479 107650
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"This was absolutely delicious and easy to make"

delalee User ID: 1359440 43569
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"New family favorite. Absolutely delicious."

KarenLiz User ID: 2217422 203938
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"This recipe is so delicious with its unique flavors. It has made itself into my "permenant rotation" of recipes."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 107646
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"We really enjoy stuffed squash, this recipe was close to another we enjoy- I love the combination of the baked apple and spices and warming delicious squash. Ahhh great fall winter dish! My husband thinks I am such an accomplished cook when I serve things like this."

crimmps49 User ID: 2845490 69033
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"Wonderful recipe. I had brown rice leftover with corn, so I used that instead, and I also added Parmesan before serving. I would make it again, but I would vary the recipe and add garlic, possibly tomatoes, and a little "hot" like pepper flakes. It is a recipe that you could do so many ways--love it and think of all the veggies you are getting. My husband really liked it too!!!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 27674
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"I think it's awesome and would definitely make it again."

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