Roasted Acorn Squash with Apples and Cranberries


Nutty, savory, tart, and sweet... This acorn squash makes a great autumn side dish that's even better the next day, and perfect for Thanksgiving! Serve with roasted chicken or turkey. This can also be tossed with white or brown rice for a complete meal.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
8 servings


  • 2 large acorn squash

  • 3 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and diced

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • cup water

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place squash into a large pot of boiling water; boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer squash to a large bowl of ice cold water and set aside until cool enough to handle, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Peel squash along the ridges using a vegetable peeler, then use a teaspoon or grapefruit spoon to dig out peel in the valleys of the squash. Slice squash in half and remove seeds and stem. Cut remaining squash into bite-sized chunks.

  4. Combine squash, apples, celery, onion, and dried cranberries in a large bowl.

  5. Combine brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Add to squash mixture and toss well to combine. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish. Add water and dot the top with butter. Sprinkle with walnuts.

  6. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven until squash is fork-tender, about 1 hour. Add some liquid halfway through to prevent drying out, if necessary. Serve hot.

Cook's Note:

You can use a broth of your choice instead of water, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
8g Fat
41g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 685mg 15%

* 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.

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