As much as I would deny it, summer will soon fade and fall will arrive in all its autumnal beauty, bringing with it some favorite flavors we look forward to every year.
Sure, apples and pumpkins are the stars of most of our fall food dreams, but one of my favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of squash at the grocery store and on the local farmers markets. From butternut squash, to spaghetti squash, to one of my favorites, acorn, there are so many varieties to choose from.
Acorn squash (also known as acorn squash or Des Moines squash) can easily go from a simple side dish to the star of the meal and these 30 best acorn squash recipes are here to show you how!
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Over the years, I’ve found so many ways to use one of our favorite fall vegetables. Whether it’s simply roasting it in the oven or stuffing it with meats, other vegetables and cheese until it’s bursting with flavor, the possibilities are endless once you cut an acorn squash . Here you’ll find ways to use it as a side dish, main dish, soup dish, and even as an appetizer!
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How to cook acorn squash
Like many other vegetables, roasting acorn squash has become a go-to method when you want simplicity, but lots of flavor. Baking brings out its sweetness and nutty taste. We love it with just butter, salt and pepper, but there are so many flavors you can add from sweet to salty and even spicy.
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The good news though? You can also prepare it in both your slow cooker and your Instant Pot, which will save you time and effort. Plus, on those warm fall days when you want fall flavors, but not a warm house, these two methods are the way to go!
Best Acorn Squash Recipes
My Roasted Acorn Squash may be super simple, but it’s packed with mega flavor. And when the holidays roll around and you need to save space on the stove, my slow cooker acorn squash will change your life.
Grilled acorn squash salad is a great light meal on those still warm Indian summer evenings. Or pair it with acorn squash and carrot soup for a complete fall meal.
The praline roasted acorn squash was also a huge hit in our house last year and almost tastes like dessert for dinner!
Stuffed acorn squash
Stuffing acorn squash is another fun meal idea, so you’ll find recipes for all kinds of stuffing ideas: lasagna, apple and sweet potato, sausage and cranberry, and even chipotle chicken. When you fill this fall vegetable with other flavorful ingredients, it truly turns into a complete meal.
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This fall, be sure to check out grocery store ads when acorn squash goes on sale, fill your cart, and get ready to cook up some of these delicious inspirations!
Acorn Squash Recipes
Roasted acorn squash
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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Apples
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Roasted Sliced Acorn Squash
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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Egg Sausage and Sage
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Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple and Brown Sugar
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Stuffed acorn squash
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Sausage and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Praline Roasted Acorn Squash
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Slow Roasted Cod with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Acorn Squash
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Slow Cooker Acorn Squash
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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Parmesan
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Low Carb Chili Roasted Acorn Squash
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Grilled Acorn Squash Salad
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Parmesan Acorn Squash
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Instant Pot Acorn Squash
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Crock Pot Acorn Squash Soup
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Acorn squash stuffed with maple cream
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Crock Pot Sweet Acorn Squash
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Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chipotle Chicken
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Cider Spiced Acorn Squash
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Roasted Acorn Squash with Spiced Brown Butter
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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
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Acorn Squash and Carrot Soup
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Baked acorn squash slices
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Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Roasted acorn in honey butter with burrata and pomegranate
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Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup with Curried Roasted Acorn Squash
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Fire Roasted Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Miso Roasted Acorn Squash and Pomegranate Salad
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Roasted acorn squash with honey and butter
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