Balsamic Roasted Fennel and Acorn Squash Rice Casserole


Roasting tones down the licorice flavor of the fennel, while enhancing the sweetness of the acorn squash. Combine those flavors with a hint of balsamic vinegar and UNCLE BEN'S® Basmati Medley Savory Herb rice, and you have yourself a great side dish to any meal.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 acorn squash - cut in half lengthwise, seeded and cut into 12 wedges

  • 1 large fennel bulb - trimmed, cored and cut into 8 pieces

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (6 ounce) box UNCLE BEN'S® Basmati Medley Savory Herb

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick foil.

  2. Remove the skin from the squash with a vegetable peeler (if desired). Cut each wedge in half and place in a large bowl along with the fennel pieces.

  3. Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Drizzle mixture over the squash and fennel; toss to coat. Transfer squash and fennel mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out to form a single layer.

  4. Roast until squash is tender, about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice as directed on the box. Mix the roasted squash and fennel with the rice. Transfer to a greased casserole dish. Top with the chopped parsley and keep warm until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
4g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 463mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.