8 Easy Acorn Squash Recipes You'll Serve Again and Again

This fall-favorite squash is as versatile as they come.

There are many delicious ways to prepare raw acorn squash—from a quick roast on a sheet pan to pureeing it for soup, slicing it into salads, or stuffing it with goat cheese, nuts, or chorizo. You can bake it, braise it, or blend it up for mixing into desserts. Whatever method you choose, these recipes couldn't be easier to make.

To prepare a roasted acorn squash for baking, cut off a quarter-inch from its top and bottom—this way, you remove its stem, leaving a flat, steady base for slicing. Peel the squash next (this isn't required; while the skin is edible, it is tough to chew and puree). Then, chop the squash in half lengthwise before scooping the seeds from its core. Make sure to roast it cut-side up with plenty of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Follow our complete instructions for cooking acorn squash in the oven.

Acorn Squash Recipes

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Goat Cheese and Mushroom–Stuffed Acorn Squash

Goat Cheese and Mushroom–Stuffed Acorn Squash With Side Salad on White Plate
Greg DuPree

If you want your roasted squash to be the star of dinner, consider making a stuffed acorn squash recipe. Goat cheese and mushroom-stuffed acorn squash is a hearty vegetarian-friendly entrée.

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Maple Acorn Squash

Maple Acorn Squash Side Dish Served in a Bowl with Metal Forks to the Side
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For a basic roasted acorn squash recipe, look no further than this maple acorn squash which cooks in 45 minutes and couldn't be easier—three ingredients!

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Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad Served in White Bowl with Fork and Spoon
Lisa Hubbard

After baking acorn squash, add it to this roasted acorn squash salad. Pair the gourd with butter lettuce greens, pepitas (aka roasted and hulled pumpkin seeds), balsamic vinegar, and a loaf of crusty bread.

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Spinach and Acorn Squash Ravioli

Spinach and Acorn Squash Ravioli
Michael Paul

Spinach and acorn squash ravioli is another dish that tastes indulgent but still packs additional nutritional veggies for a stress-free healthy meal.

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Chorizo-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Chorizo-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Side Salad on White Plate
Spicy chorizo, hearty bulgur, and grated cheese make a tasty and satisfying filling for the tender baked squash. Get the recipe for Chorizo-Stuffed Acorn Squash. José Picayo

For friends and family who can't go without meat, try chorizo-stuffed acorn squash. It's also loaded with plenty of salty melted Manchego cheese.

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Mustardy Pork Chops With Acorn Squash

Mustardy Pork Chops With Acorn Squash on White Plate
Christopher Baker

This vibrant recipe pairs acorn squash with pork chops, maple syrup, grainy mustard, and fresh parsley leaves. Toss the squash with maple syrup and roast until golden brown to enhance its natural sweetness. Make-ahead tip: Peel, seed, and slice the squash up to two days in advance. Pair with apple cider or a glass of Pinot Noir.

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Parmesan-Roasted Acorn Squash

Parmesan-Roasted Acorn Squash Slices on Sheet Pan
Lisa Hubbard

Talk about simply delicious—this four-ingredient recipe is a perfect side to any holiday meal. Double up on ingredients so you'll have leftover cheesy squash slices to top salads or layer onto sandwiches later in the week.

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Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Acorn Squash Served with Fish and Salad on White Plate
Lisa Thompson

Acorn squash pairs perfectly with fresh thyme, brown sugar, and butter in this fuss-free recipe. Serve it with fish, grilled chicken, or quiche.

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