How To cook Acorn Squash Cooking acorn squash is a simple and delicious way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. Here’s a basic recipe for roasting acorn squash:

Roasted Acorn Squash

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional: brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, or other seasonings for added flavor
  • Instructions:
  • Preheat the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Prepare the Squash:

  • Wash the acorn squash thoroughly.
  • Cut the squash in half vertically. You can either cut through the stem or remove the stem before cutting.
  • Remove Seeds:
  • Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits from the center of each squash half using a spoon. You can save the seeds for roasting if you like.
  • Slice or Leave Halves:
  • You can either leave the squash halves intact or slice them into smaller wedges for quicker cooking.
  • Season:
  • Brush the cut sides of the squash with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over the squash. If you prefer a sweeter dish, you can add a bit of brown sugar, maple syrup, or your favorite sweetener. For a spiced flavor, consider adding cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Roast:

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Stuffed Acorn Squash:

Acorn squash (cut in half and seeds removed)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Filling options: Quinoa, wild rice, diced vegetables, black beans, cheese, herbs (parsley, thyme), nuts (such as pecans or walnuts)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Brush the cut sides of the acorn squash with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Place the squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until slightly tender but still holding shape.
  • While the squash is baking, prepare your chosen filling ingredients.
  • Remove the squash from the oven, flip them over, and stuff each half with your desired filling.

  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until the squash is fully tender and the filling is heated through.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Acorn Squash Soup:

  • Acorn squash (peeled, seeded, and chopped)
  • Onion, chopped
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Vegetable or chicken broth

  • Coconut milk or cream
  • Curry powder or nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:

  • In a large pot, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until softened.
  • Add chopped acorn squash to the pot.
  • Pour in enough broth to cover the squash. Simmer until the squash is tender.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.

  • Stir in coconut milk or cream, curry powder or nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Adjust seasonings and serve hot.

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Grilled Acorn Squash Rings:

  • Acorn squash (sliced into rings, seeds removed)
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme)
  • Place the squash on a baking sheet, cut side up.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for about 30-45 minutes, or until the flesh is tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.
  • Serve:

Once the squash is cooked, you can serve it as is or scoop out the flesh and mash it for a smoother texture.
Optional Garnish:

Garnish with additional seasonings, herbs, or a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.
Enjoy your roasted acorn squash as a side dish or a healthy and flavorful addition to your meals!

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