Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash


The combination of the sausage with the different spices and the sweetness from the cranberries really turn your average garden acorn squash into a dish that makes you feel like the professional home cook that you are. Perfect for serving at dinner parties or for a nice quiet meal at home.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 3 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 23 mins
2 servings


  • 1 ½ cups cubed French bread, crusts removed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage

  • ¼ teaspoon sumac powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 acorn squash, halved and seeded

  • ½ teaspoon olive oil

  • ¾ cup vegetable stock

  • 4 ounces ground sausage

  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons pecans, broken into small pieces

  • 1 teaspoon diced fresh thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet.

  2. Toast bread in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Mix cinnamon, sage, sumac, white pepper, and cloves together in a small bowl.

  4. Brush acorn squash halves with olive oil. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon mixture evenly over both halves. Transfer to a baking sheet.

  5. Bake acorn squash in the preheated oven until tender, about 30 minutes. Scrape flesh with a fork to loosen slightly.

  6. Combine toasted bread and vegetable stock in a pot over medium-low heat. Stir bread around to soak up the vegetable stock and warm up, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

  7. Cook and stir sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir into the bread in the bowl. Add remaining cinnamon mixture, cranberries, pecans, and thyme; stir until evenly mixed.

  8. Divide bread mixture between the acorn squash halves.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

410 Calories
20g Fat
50g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 410
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 780mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 1093mg 23%

* 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.