This simple savory stuffed acorn squash is easy to make and filled with the wonderful flavors of Fall. The stuffing is made with farro, chicken sausage, mushrooms, celery, onions and sage – you'll love this!
It doesn't get easier than this: simply halve and hollow out acorn squash, then season with salt and roast in the oven. Nothing like warming up the kitchen on a blistery night with baked squash in the oven. While that bakes make the stuffing on the stove, then when the squash is ready fill it with the stuffing and serve – the results are a soft, flavorful squash filled with savory goodness!
In the Fall I love preparing squash, whether it’s butternut, pumpkin, spaghetti, or acorn and I’m always looking for great new ways to prepare it. I recently had a stuffed acorn squash at a restaurant that was pretty good, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking it would taste so much better with this farro stuffing, which I LOVE! This stuffing is an adaptation of this brown rice and sausage stuffing, which you could of course use instead of farro. I've also made it with barley and it was wonderful.
Farro is my favorite new grain – I love it's chewy, nutty texture which holds up perfectly in this stuffing, but farro does contain gluten so if you want to make this gluten-free, swap it out for brown rice. This is perfect for a weeknight meal, but would also make a nice addition to your Thanksgiving table. Simply eat with a spoon to scoop out all the wonderful squash with the stuffing in every bite – enjoy!
Farro and Sausage Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash
Servings: 6 • Size: 1/2 squash 1/2 cup stuffing • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 3
Calories: 213 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 37 g • Fiber: 6 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 272 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 0 mg
- 3 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds and fibers removed
- olive oil spray (I used my mister)
- salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup uncooked pearled farro, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2 links raw sweet Italian chicken sausage
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 large white onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 4 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
- 2 sage leaves, chopped
- parsley, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist the cut side of squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish and add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan. Cover and bake 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.
Meanwhile, cook farro in chicken broth according to package directions.
While the farro is cooking, in a large saute pan cook chicken sausage on medium heat, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks until the sausage is cooked through and is browned. Set aside on a dish.
Add olive oil to the pan and add the onion, sauté 1 minute, add the celery, salt and pepper to taste; cook until celery is soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and sage to the pan, more salt and pepper if needed and cook, stirring 5 minutes, then cook covered for 2 minutes, or until the mushrooms have released their juice and are cooked through. Return the cooled sausage and the cooked farro to the sauté pan and mix well.
Divide the farro stuffing evenly between the roasted acorn squash, garnish with parsley and serve.