All the flavors of fall are packed into this comforting meal. Serve one half per person as a main entree, or slice into wedges and serve as a side dish. Delicata squash are usually about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds each. If you don't have any leftover rice, feel free to leave it out or replace with any cooked grain.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins
50 mins
2 squash halves


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

  • Brush cut sides of squash with 2 teaspoons oil. Place cut-sides down on the baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until soft, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey sausage. Saute, breaking up into small crumbles, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add celery, onion, garlic, sage, rosemary and thyme. Continue cooking until vegetables are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in rice, cherries, and parsley until mixture is warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Turn squash halves over so they are cut-side up. Fill with the sausage mixture and top with Parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute brown rice for the wild rice if desired. I usually keep single-serve precooked rice cups in the pantry to use for recipes like these that only require a small amount of rice.

Nutrition Facts

348 calories; protein 20g; carbohydrates 19.1g; fat 21.7g; cholesterol 68.5mg; sodium 799.4mg. Full Nutrition

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Delish...I made with butternut squash (that I had on hand) some shredded cabbage and a little chunky tomatoes sauce turkey sausage and turkey kielbasa and no cheese for hubby and sun dried/tomato cheese for me. It was really good and fast! Read More