Get festive for fall with this easy weeknight meal of tender acorn squash boats brimming with smoked sausage, brown rice, herbs, and Parmesan.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 squash boats
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds and strings.

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  • In a 2-quart baking dish, arrange two squash halves, cut sides down; add in 2 tablespoons of the water. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave 7 to 10 minutes or until squash is just tender; keep warm. Repeat with the remaining squash halves.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat for 6 minutes or until browned, adding rice, 1/2 cup of the cheese, sage, thyme, and black pepper in the last 2 minutes of cooking.

  • To serve, fill squash halves with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Tips

Cook's Note:

Select squashes up to 1 1/4-pounds in weight.

Nutrition Facts

528 calories; protein 20.8g 42% DV; carbohydrates 37.4g 12% DV; fat 33g 51% DV; cholesterol 72.8mg 24% DV; sodium 1114.8mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2018
I added chopped onion garlic and apple. Used turkey sausage. Delicious. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2018
This is the start of a great recipe. It will be a bit bland if you make it as-is. I added some chopped onion and garlic along with a bit of salt. Saw that another reviewer added some Worstershire sauce and that is a brilliant idea. I also think paprika or some chopped mushrooms might be a good addition depending on your tastes. Pretty easy to make and would be very easy to cut in half or portion out for meal-planning if you're cooking for one like I am. Another time I will cook one squash only and freeze half the stuffing for another week. (I used a smoked andouille sausage and it was delicious.) Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2018
I added chopped onion garlic and apple. Used turkey sausage. Delicious. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2018
I used the turkey version of the sausage and I decided that it needed a touch of olive oil while browning. I also added just a splash of Worchester sauce. I would suggest that the time for precooking of the acorn squash be a bit more. I needed it to be cooked more than just tender. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2018
This is the start of a great recipe. It will be a bit bland if you make it as-is. I added some chopped onion and garlic along with a bit of salt. Saw that another reviewer added some Worstershire sauce and that is a brilliant idea. I also think paprika or some chopped mushrooms might be a good addition depending on your tastes. Pretty easy to make and would be very easy to cut in half or portion out for meal-planning if you're cooking for one like I am. Another time I will cook one squash only and freeze half the stuffing for another week. (I used a smoked andouille sausage and it was delicious.) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2018
Plan to make this recipe vegan by using meatless sausage like Beyond Meat and use dair free Parmesan cheese. Will follow later with review of how it turns out Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2018
My family loved it! I am not a great cook and it was a very simple recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2019
I also added onion, garlic and apple like another reviewer did, and used beef summer sausage. I think this made for a delicious fall dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2018
the squash turned out great microwaved and I loved the vinegar drizzled over it. YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2019
I followed the recipe except for a few things: I baked the acorn squash instead of microwaving it. Instead of using fresh sage & fresh thyme I used dry seasonings and halved the spices. I used Caulirice (packaged cauliflower rice) instead of brown rice. Oh and I chopped up about a half cup of onions and fried it with the sausage. Best recipe I have tried yet. Read More
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