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Italian Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Italian Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

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Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage, Mushrooms, Spinach & Cheese
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings
Calories 429


Roasted Acorn Squash

  • 2 acorn squash halved (depending on size)
  • drizzle of avocado oil
  • salt to taste

Italian Sausage Filling

  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 oz mushrooms chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 10 2-3 oz Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Prunes, chopped (⅓ cup)

Stuffed Acorn Squash Toppings

  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella
  • red pepper flakes
  • parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Using a serrated knife, cut open acorn squashes. (Can poke holes around the outside and microwave for ~5 minutes to soften, if needed.)
  • Scoop out seeds from inside squash so you have a “bowl.”
  • Brush the inside of each squash half with avocado oil and sprinkle with salt. Place face down on a lined baking sheet and roast 25-30 minutes (depending on size), until fork tender.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, add a drizzle of oil and cook onion and mushrooms for 3-4 minutes. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, rosemary, thyme, onion powder and spinach, stirring to integrate. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes, until spinach is wilted.
  • Stir in chopped Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Prunes. Add salt if needed. (Sausage typically has enough salt added already, but season to your preference.)
  • Place squash “bowls” on baking sheet and fill with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, or stop here if you don’t want cheese.
  • Broil until cheese is melted, 2-5 minutes. Watch it so it doesn’t burn!
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, serve, and enjoy!


Serving: 1stuffed squash half | Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g