This simple recipe combines the sweetness of winter squash and brown sugar with spicy turkey sausage, all served right in the squash shell. It is an unexpected -- yet delicious and beautiful -- combination!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place the squash halves face-down in a baking dish in 1 inch of water and bake until flesh is tender, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the sausage in the oil until brown, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks; set aside.

  • Once the squash halves are tender, discard the water. Generously sprinkle brown sugar into the cavity of each squash half, reserving about 1/4 cup for later use. Fill the squash halves with the browned sausage, and top with the reserved brown sugar. Return squash to the baking dish and bake until the sugar begins to melt, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

343.2 calories; 17.3 g protein; 45.2 g carbohydrates; 64.2 mg cholesterol; 1012.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
Made this tonight using 2 large acorn squash no olive oil (forgot) and 1 pound of mild Italian sausage. I pre-cooked the squash and sausage as per the recipe before picking my husband up from work. I left the squash in the oven (turned off) and the sausage in on the stove (also turned off) and then came home heated the meat a bit drained the water off the squash and continued on with the recipe. Delicious!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2011
I didn't really like it. I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea. Sorry.:oB Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
Made this tonight using 2 large acorn squash no olive oil (forgot) and 1 pound of mild Italian sausage. I pre-cooked the squash and sausage as per the recipe before picking my husband up from work. I left the squash in the oven (turned off) and the sausage in on the stove (also turned off) and then came home heated the meat a bit drained the water off the squash and continued on with the recipe. Delicious!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2011
This dish was amazing! I made sure not to tell my boyfriend what i was making because I knew he wouldnt go for it a couple bites in and he was ready to know when i would make it again:) We love garlic and onions so i cooked up some onion with the turkey then added in minced garlic. I also used someone elses idea to add bread crumbs in with the meat. Will definitely make this dish again!!! The sweet and spicy combination is perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
Love this! I use hot pork sausage like other reviewers I microwaved the squash for 8-10 min to get them soft then bake for about 15 min then I throw it under the broiler for a minute or 2 to get the brown sugar caramelized. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2009
I think this is great. I served this with a side of pasta. Are people giving it low stars because it's so easy? I used "Tillamook burn like a ragin' fire sausage" and it was HOT! I love hot but I will try different meat fillings in the future....it will be fun:) Great dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2009
This was a delicious recipe. I used hot italian sausage (not turkey). It was awesome! I also served with sour cream on the side for anyone who wanted it. That was delicious as well. Very easy and tasty recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2010
Really delicious. I substituted sugar free maple syrup for brown sugar (better for diabetics) sage pork sausage and about 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. Of course with pork sausage being used there was no need for the olive oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2012
I have made this three times since I first discovered recipe in march. Fabulous. 6 thumbs up frome each member of my family. I can't use spicy sausage (yet) because our youngest won't eat spicy foods. So I doctor up seasoned turkey with some cumin and mild chili spices. I made this tonite in honor of our first "fall" dinner....! Very happy family. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2010
Very easy to do and delcious. This is becoming a staple in our winter recipe collection. So easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2010
This was not good. I will not try this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2011
I didn't really like it. I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea. Sorry.:oB Read More
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