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Sausage and Kale Stuffed Acorn Squash

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Acorn, dinner, Fall Meal, gluten-free, kale, paleo, sausage, Stuffed Acorn, whole30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 385kcal


For the Acorn Squash

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


  • Preheat oven to 370 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Pour olive oil over the acorn squash and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Bake in over for 50-60 minutes, until skin is soft and fork-tender.
  • While squash is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add sausage and using a wood spoon break into coarse pieces. Cook until brown. It’s about 5-6 minutes. Then, set it aside.
  • 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.
  • Add mushroom and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Add kale and toss; add tomato sauce and cover the skillet with a lid and cook until kale is tender.
  • Bring back the sausage and stir well to combine.
  • Divide kale-sausage filling among squash.
  • Top with Parmesan if you desire before serving. Enjoy!


Serving: 1/4 | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1150mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4700IU | Vitamin C: 94.1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3.8mg