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Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash stuffed with sausage, quinoa, apples, dried cranberries, and fresh herbs.

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Messy Baker

With winter comes squash. Each year, more and more varieties are added to the heaping pile of colorful gourds: big, beautiful butternut squash, stout acorn squash, variegated delicata squash, and the list goes on. This week, the #SundaySupper team is celebrating all things squash.

My favorite way to eat squash is drizzled with a little olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted to caramelized perfection.


What if I stuffed it with sausage, quinoa, apples, dried cranberries, and fresh herbs? Maybe a little parmesan sprinkled on top and a drizzle of olive oil?

Now I want to eat squash every day, all day. Yum!

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Messy Baker

Acorn squash is my favorite of all the winter squash. It roasts up tender and sweet.

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Messy Baker

The stout, round squash is perfect for filling with yummy stuffing. I decided to go with a sausage & quinoa stuffed acorn squash, but you can stuff your squash with practically anything–the choices are endless.

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Messy Baker

You’re going to want to cut your squash in half and scoop out all of the seeds. Drizzle each half with olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and roast in a 400 degree F. oven for 45 minutes, or until fork tender.

When your squash is fork tender, it’s ready for the filling.

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Messy Baker

Don’t hold back on the stuffing—just keep on scooping until you can’t scoop anymore. Overflow is quite all right in my book.

Overflow=delicious crispy bits on the bottom of the pan. And, you know what we do with delicious crispy bits, don’t you? We scoop them up with a fork and shovel them into our mouths. No crispy bits shall go to waste in this kitchen.

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Messy Baker

The filling reminds me of Thanksgiving. It’s full of fresh chopped rosemary and thyme and loaded with crispy sage sausage, crunchy apples, and sweet dried cranberries.

Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Author: Jennie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
  • 2 acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle acorn squash halves with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil per squash half. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender.
  3. While the squash is cooking, heat a large sauté pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sausage and brown. Add the onion, celery, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is tender and translucent.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped thyme and rosemary. Stir in the quinoa, apples, and dried cranberries. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the roasted acorn squash halves. Top with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.

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67 Responses to “Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash”

  1. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — November 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I almost made a quinoa filled squash, but the sausage! That really takes it to another place Jennie, I can just imagine the flavors! I want to try this asap.


  2. #
    Renee — November 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Oh my Jennie… I could eat this every day. What wonderful photos too.


  3. #
    Mallory @ Total Noms — November 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Jennie! This looks so good. What a fabulous meal all in a perfect, edible package :)


  4. #
    shannon — November 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    i. love. stuffing. squash. and i’m totally equal opportunity: i’ll stuff any variety of them, anytime, with fall flavors like this. And yours are exceptionally pretty! I’ve seen stuffed acorn squash, but i always see them upright, which doesn’t take the best advantage of their adorable little heart-like shape. I like your way MUCH better. it’s like a heart overflowing with stuffing love. :)


  5. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    OMG!!!!!! I want this in my life! What a great combination of flavors! It just looks incredible!!!


  6. #
    Susan 30A EATS — November 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Loved your photo when posted yesterday on the sunday supper page! All just beautiful! Wonderful recipe and very creative!


  7. #
    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — November 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    This is a gorgeous dish…and so healthy! I’ve never made an acorn squash, but need to remedy that soon…


  8. #
    Heather // girlichef — November 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I am in full agreement with you on over-stuffing – the more the better! Gorgeous pics, Jennie…and it sounds delicious.


  9. #
    Shannon R — November 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    This recipe makes me want to entertain. It looks so festive and pretty just as is! Thanks for sharing.


  10. #
    Tara — November 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I have never had a stuffed squash like this before but it is a brilliant idea. I love all that you have put in yours, delicious!!!


  11. #
    The Wimpy Vegetarian — November 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Your photos are just stunning! I love acorn squash, they’re such a perfect receptacle for grains, fruits, veggies, sausage and more. This dish looks just fantastic. Pinning!!


  12. #
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) — November 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    My fam would definitely go for this!


  13. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — November 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I will arm wrestle you for the crispy bits!


  14. #
    Choc Chip Uru — November 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I love the idea of stuffing squash that is awesome :D



  15. #
    kathia Rodriguez — November 18, 2013 at 1:19 am

    This is a hold meal, perfect for company or this thanksgiving dinner.


  16. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — November 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Oh goodness Jennie, these are so pretty. The crispy bits are always my favorites too. :D


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks, Kim! Yay for crispy bits.


  17. #
    Sunithi — November 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Girl this squash has so much good stuff going on it, I am in love with it. Love the addition of quinoa. Pinning so I can make it!


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      You’re a doll, Sue. Thank you so much.


  18. #
    Family Foodie — November 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Your stuffed acorn squash looks lovely, and I love that you used quinoa in them. Your photos look amazing, as well.


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      You’re so sweet, Isabel. Thank you.


  19. #
    Shaina — November 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    All of the colors in this just look like fall…love it!


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Shaina.


  20. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Oh yes! Now this is my kind of fall/winter comfort food. Wonderful weeknight meal, Jennie!


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Georgia.


  21. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — November 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    What a perfect Thanksgiving recipe! I think that all of those ingredients plus the squash would be amazing as a stuffing too!


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      I had a little bit of left over stuffing that I shoveled into my face with a fork. It’s so good. Thanks, Stef.


  22. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — November 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

    OH baby! It’s like you’ve combined the stuffing and the squash elements of a Holiday dinner into one glorious thing! I love it.


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Sarah.


  23. #
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere — November 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

    We love stuffing acorn squash, but I can’t remember ever stuffing it with quinoa. Time to give it a try!


    • Jennie replied November 19th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      You’re going to love the quinoa, Sarah. Thanks.


  24. #
    Laura — November 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I absolutely love acorn squash, especially when it is stuffed with meat. Add quinoa to the mix and I have fallen even deeper in love.


  25. #
    Katie — November 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Helllooooo delicious! I definitely need this dish on my table – STAT! It looks beautiful and hearty…and I’m with you on the crispy bits – they are sometimes my favorite part when I cook something and there’s a little bit of overflow….


  26. #
    Amy @ Elephant Eats — November 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Mmm, I love all these flavors- so Thanksving-y!! Squash is so yummy and perfect for this time of year. I always have an issue with how long to cook it when I just halve it (vs slicing), so I’ll be following this recipe for sure.


  27. #
    ashley - baker by nature — November 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    This looks like such a fabulous dinner idea!!! I want!


  28. #
    Soni — November 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Ooh I love everything about this dish including the squash,the sausage,the quinoa and herbs!!Would love to try it for my family!!Looks so festive and delicious!


  29. #
    Cindys Recipes and Writings — November 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

    This looks so good, Jennie I never thought about using quinoa, great idea!


    • Jennie replied November 21st, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks, Cindy!


  30. #
    George Heywood — January 8, 2014 at 7:31 am

    That looks stunning. What an awesome idea. I always have sausage and qunioa. Will definately have to try


    • Jennie replied January 13th, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, George!


  31. #
    Natasha Hardy — March 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner. My son and I lived this! Thank you for the great recipe.


    • Jennie replied October 20th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Hi Natasha! I’m so happy to hear that you and your son enjoyed the recipe. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment.


  32. #
    Grace — October 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I made this last night. I had never made or tasted quinoa before and this recipe made me fall in love with it and all the possibilities it holds. This was an amazing fall meal. Given I am single this will feed me for the most part of the week. That is to say if I am able to control myself and not binge on it. LOL….Thank you.


    • Jennie replied October 20th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Grace! I’m so happy to hear that you loved the recipe and that you fell in love with quinoa because of it. Yay! Go ahead and binge–it’s healthy :) Happy eating!


  33. #
    Caitlin — November 4, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I followed the exact recipe and it came out perfect! Finally a pinterest recipe that tastes as good as they say- absolutely delicious!!


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