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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Looking for a new comfort food with flavors that envelop you with the season of fall?  Look no further.  With a subtle hint of cinnamon in the ground beef mixture,  and tender acorn squash, you will be transported to fall leaves and crisp breezes in every bite.  This also makes a great lunch option when reheated in the microwave too!.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Author/Source:

lias@ Onceamonthmom.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 0.5 pounds ground beef
  • 0.5 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 0.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cut squash into halves and scrape the strings and seeds from inside, discarding the stringy pulp.  place squash cut side down in a glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a large pan, saute onions and carrots until slightly tender.  Add beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium heat until beef is browned.  Remove squash from oven, turn over and divide beef mixture evenly among the squash halves.  Return to oven and bake for 15 more minutes until squash is tender. 

Freezing Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cut squash into halves and scrape the strings and seeds from inside, discarding the stringy pulp.  place squash cut side down in a glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a large pan, saute onions and carrots until slightly tender.  Add beef, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium heat until beef is browned.  Remove squash from oven, turn over and divide beef mixture evenly among the squash halves, pressing down slightly. Transfer squash to 8×8 foil baking pans.  Cover with foil, label and freeze.  To Serve:  Thaw.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Bake 30 minutes or until squash is tender.  

Servings: 4

 

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

5 Responses to “Stuffed Acorn Squash”

  1. Paula says:

    This is perfect since acorn squash is 69 cents at Aldi’s this week.

    • lisa says:

      Paula – I have been stocking up as I have noticed price decline of at least $.50 per pound over the last few weeks! Enjoy!

  2. Maria says:

    This was terrible. It smelled good and taste ok when I first made the filling. I defrosted and baked last night and it was awful. The squash dried out and the cinnamon was way too intense. It went straight into the trash and we had leftovers for dinner. So disappointed.

    • lisa says:

      Marla – I am sorry this didn’t work for you. Acorn squash is one of our favorites, and we have been enjoying this dish this fall. We appreciate your feedback.

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