25 Seasonal Acorn Squash Recipes
25 Delicious Ways to Make Acorn Squash
September 7 is National Acorn Squash Day! This fruit (that's right, fruit) definitely deserves a day of its own. One cup boasts only 115 calories but plenty of nutrients, including about 29 percent of your daily vitamin C and 19 percent of your daily potassium—and that's worth celebrating! (It's also one of the Top 50 Fall Diet Foods for Weight Loss.)
Best of all, you don't have to just slather it in butter and sugar. Paired the right ingredients, acorn squash can be the foundation for easy and delicious meals and snacks. We've found the best 25 recipes to prepare your new favorite fall food.
Breakfast Baked Acorn Squash with Greek Yogurt, Honey and Pecans
Yogurt has always been welcome at the breakfast table, but how often does it come in an edible bowl? This Breakfast Baked Acorn Squash with Greek Yogurt, Honey & Pecans from Ambitious Kitchen
features halved squash with creamy Greek yogurt, nuts, and cinnamon.
Acorn Squash Pancakes
Acorn Squash and Apple Frittata
If it's a savory breakfast you crave, try this frittatta recipe featured on A Short Blonde
. It's spiked with spinach and gouda and finished in the broiler so the top is deliciously crispy.
Acorn Squash Hummus
Whip out the blender: Your favorite dip just got a makeover. This Acorn Squash Hummus recipe from Stacey Homemaker
combines squash with chickpeas and spices for a smooth accompaniment you'll want to eat with vegetables, crackers, or maybe just a spoon.
Avocado Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
A halved squash is the perfect vessel for lots of other tasty ingredients. This recipe from Love and Lemons
pairs oven-roasted squash with protein-packed quinoa, creamy avocado, and fiber-rich black beans.
Turkey Stuffed Squash
Ginger Acorn Squash Soup with Thai Mini Meatballs
Feeling chilly? Cozy up with something warm and spicy, like this Ginger Acorn Squash Soup with Thai Mini Meatballs from PaleOMG
. Fresh ginger and red curry paste lend bold flavor to the soup. The beef and pork mini meatballs also feature ginger, plus additional flavor magnifiers like cilantro and fish sauce.
Curry Roasted Acorn Squash
Try something simple and spicy. This Curry Roasted Acorn Squash from The Lean Green Bean
is light on prep steps but not on flavor.
Acorn Squash Lasagna
Use squash to augment a dish you already love: This lasagna recipe from I Am A Food Blog
layers half-inch slices of squash between sauce, noodles, and cheese. After 30 to 40 minutes of baking, it's ready to enjoy. (Or get creative with veggies with The Best Spiralizer Recipes to Crush Your Pasta Cravings.)
Easy Acorn Squash with Mushrooms and Roasted Onions
For a dish that's simple to make and sure to please, try Easy Acorn Squash with Mushrooms and Roasted Onions from Real Food. Home Made
. Baby bella mushrooms and fresh herbs lend a hearty flavor.
Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta and Herbs
There's a reason chicken wings come with ranch or blue cheese—spicy foods call for a creamy companion. This Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta and Herbs from How Sweet Eats
has a chili kick, finished off with cool feta.
Roasted Acorn Squash with Pears and Miso Dressing
Here's another recipe that utilizes a classic flavor pairing: sweet and savory. In this Roasted Acorn Squash with Pears and Miso Dressing recipe from Edible Perspective
, pears and maple syrup sweeten up the squash. Miso adds a hit of umami, while the (optional) addition of cayenne pepper lends heat.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Acorn Squash
Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Use squash to brighten up salads. This Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette from The Healthy Maven
starts with a base of baby arugula and finishes with pomegranate seeds and crunchy pepitas.
Mixed Green Salad with Chili and Sage Roasted Acorn Squash
It's apple harvest season, and here's a way to maximize your orchard-fresh fruit. This simple Mixed Green Salad with Chili and Sage Roasted Acorn Squash recipe from Sugar Detox Me
pairs spicy, soft roasted squash with sweet, crunchy apple matchsticks.
Acorn Squash Polenta with Coconut Spiced Browned Butter
pumps up the classic porridge. Squash is combined with traditional corn-based polenta and flavored with chicken broth and creamy coconut milk. Ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and nutmeg deepen the flavor.
Lentils and Roasted Acorn Squash with Poached Egg
Soft squash is the perfect foil for chewy lentils. This Lentils + Roasted Acorn Squash + Poached Egg recipe from A Thought for Food
combines roasted squash, boiled lentils, and a poached egg for a bowlful of texture and flavor. (Not into eggs? Try these 10 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas (That Aren't Eggs).)
Waffle Iron Winter Squash With Chipotle Maple Glaze
Don't want to wait for the oven to heat up? Bust out the waffle maker for this easy Waffle Iron Winter Squash with Chipotle Maple Glaze from Apron Strings
. In about five minutes, your sliced squash will be cooked and ready for its spicy sauce topping.
Acorn Squash Gnocchi
Making homemade pasta is a project, but it's worth the effort. In this gnocchi recipe from Caroline's Cooking
, the classic dumpling gets a makeover. It's filled with squash and goat cheese instead of the usual potatoes.
Acorn Squash Veggie Burgers
Forget flavorless frozen patties: Make your own veggie burgers with this recipe from My Whole Food Life
. Squash, pistachios, flax, and oats lend texture to the burgers, which bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. (If you're meat free, you have to try these Crazy-Good Burger Recipes for a Vegetarian Cookout.)
Winter Squash Mac and Cheese with Crispy Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale
Work produce into your mac. In Healthy Aperture
's Winter Squash Mac and Cheese with Crispy Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale, you whisk baked squash into the cheese sauce before pouring it atop the noodles and baking the whole thing in the oven. The dish is finished with oven-crisped kale.
Acorn Squash Honey Custard
Dessert doesn't have to be a nutritional zero. Top off any meal with this custard recipe from Homemade for Elle
. Simmering squash with coconut milk and spices makes it creamy and flavorful.
Slow Cooker Acorn Squash and Apple Chicken
Slow cookers make life super easy—pile in a few ingredients and have a delicious meal waiting for you a few hours later. This Acorn Squash and Apple Chicken from Making Foods Fit
cooks on low for eight hours and yields eight servings. Leftovers, anyone? (Also, check out these 15 Savory Slow Cooker Recipes.)
Crispy Acorn Squash Fries with Cheddar-Sage Sauce
Indulge a little: These Crispy Acorn Squash Fries with Cheddar-Sage Sauce from The Smart Cookie Cook
are a new take on the classic. They're breaded and baked to crispy perfection.
Acorn Squash Quesadilla
Tortillas plus cheese equals delicious. But adding to the equation never hurt, as this quesadilla recipe by From Shore to Skylines
shows. It adds baked squash to the fold and tops the whole thing off with curtido de cebolla, a jalapeño and onion relish.