I love acorn squash, and especially if you stuff it full of yummy meat and cheese! This is a super easy way to enjoy a nutritious fall treat! For this recipe you can use turkey Italian sausage, or just use ground turkey and season it with Italian seasoning. Add some cheese and there you have it!


  • 3 Acorn squash, halved
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. turkey Italian sausage
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil, sliced to garnish


Preheat the oven to 400. Cut off the ends of the acorn squash, then cut each in half. Scoop out the seeds. Place the squash on a baking sheet. Brush each one with olive oil inside and around the top, and salt and pepper each to taste. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour until they are fork tender.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan,heat a little olive oil. Saute the onion for a minute or two, then add the turkey Italian sausage. Cook until it is done. Drain any fat. Add in the panko crumbs and 3/4 cup of the parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melting. Remove from the heat.

When the squash is ready, fill each one evenly with the sausage mixture. Top each evenly with the rest of the parmesan cheese, and the mozzarella. Place back in the oven at 400 for about 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil if you like. Enjoy!

Recipe is from Lisa Jarvis. See more of her recipes on her blog www.foodforthought.today


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