Sausage and Kale Stuffed Acorn Squash

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
This Sausage and Kale Stuffed Acorn Squash is a feel-good meal that will boost your mood and warm you up during the cold fall and winter days.
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4.54 from 13 votes


For the Acorn Squash

  • 2 acorn squashes — cut half with seeds scooped out
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Sausage and Kale Stuffed

  • 1 +1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage — casings removed and nitrate-free
  • 1/2 large onion — diced
  • 2 cloves garlic — minced
  • 2 cups white mushroom — sliced
  • 1/2 bunch of kale — center rib removed and torn into pieces (about 3 cups prepared)
  • ½ cup tomato sauce — make your own or use sugar-free tomato sauce
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Pour olive oil over the acorn squash and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Bake in over for 50-60 minutes, until skin is soft and fork-tender.
  5. While squash is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add sausage and using a wood spoon break into coarse pieces. Cook until brown. It’s about 5-6 minutes. Then, set it aside.
  7. In the same skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onions; cook until they’re soft, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  8. Add mushroom and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  9. Add kale and toss; add tomato sauce and cover the skillet with a lid and cook until kale is tender.

  10. Bring back the sausage and stir well to combine.

  11. Divide kale-sausage filling among squash.

  12. Top with Parmesan if you desire before serving. Enjoy!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Acorn, dinner, Fall Meal, gluten-free, kale, paleo, sausage, Stuffed Acorn, whole30

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 385, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1150mg, Carbohydrates: 30g, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 18g, Vitamin A: 4700%, Vitamin C: 94.1%, Calcium: 130%, Iron: 3.8%

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