Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

By Team Turkey
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée, Side Dish
1 HR 15 MIN

About this Dish

Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash is a meal that’s light in the right ways while still being hearty enough to give you energy for all of your autumnal activities. The rich, savory flavors of this dish pair perfectly with a dry hard cider or white wine. Looking for more autumnal recipe inspiration? Check out our Fall Flavors blog post where we review some of the top seasonal flavors and tie in Team Turkey recipe classics and fall favorites.

Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash On Plate
Cooking Style
Turkey Sausage
Dish Type


2 1-lb acorn squash

1 tsp canola oil

Vegetable cooking oil, as needed

1/2 lb turkey sausage

1/2 c celery, chopped fine

1 c Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored & chopped fine

1/2 c fresh white bread crumbs

1/4 tsp sage leaves

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 c apple jelly


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Brush a small amount of oil on the cut edges of each squash half. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray. Place each squash half, cut side up on the baking sheet, cover tightly with foil and bake until tender, about 35-40 minutes.

If using sausage links, cut or squeeze sausage from the casings.

Over medium heat, cook sausage until it is no longer pink, breaking the sausage into small pieces. Drain sausage on paper towels, if necessary. Reserve 1 teaspoon pan drippings and discard remaining pan drippings.

Over medium heat, cook celery in reserved pan drippings for 2 minutes, add apple and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in reserved sausage, bread crumbs, sage and sugar.

When squash is cooked, remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Cool squash until shells can be handled. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a ½-inch shell. Combine the squash pulp with sausage mixture.

Mound sausage into the squash shells. Top each with 1-tablespoon apple jelly if desired.

Return to the 350°F oven and bake uncovered until sausage is cooked through, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

320 Total Calories

8 g Total Fat

2 g Saturated Fat

40 g Cholesterol

440 mg Sodium

730 mg Potassium

51 g Total Carbohydrates

7 g Dietary Fiber

24 g Sugars

12 g Protein

15 % Daily Protein

30 % Daily Vitamin C

10 % Daily Calcium

15 % Daily Iron