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Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash is a great way to appreciate the abundance of fall. This complete meal is stuffed with Italian sausage, kale and sweet apples.
Course dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword acorn squash, apple, Italian Sausage, Roasted Acorn, Stuffed Acorn
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 422kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 small acorn squash cut in half and set seeds aside
  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus sea salt and black pepper, for roasting
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking the sausage
  • ½ lb Italian sausage sugar and nitrate free for Whole30
  • 1 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 cup green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 medium apple diced I used Honey Crispy apple.
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 cup kale chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries fruit-sweetened for Whole30
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Pour olive oil over the acorn squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in over for 50-60 minutes, until skin is soft and fork-tender (Roasting time will vary depending on the size of your squash).
  • While squash roasts, 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, but leaving fat in the skillet.
  • In the same skillet, add onions and green bell pepper; cook until they’re soft, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add diced apple, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1 minute and add chopped kale and cranberry. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Bring back the sausage and stir well to combine and cook just for 1-2 minutes to blend flavours.
  • Preheat your broiler and divide apple-sausage filling among squashes.
  • Once filled, place the baking sheet under the broiler and broil until for 5 minutes or so. Garnish with fresh minced parsley and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 1014mg | Potassium: 1193mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g