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Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

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Roasted acorn squash with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon is a perfect fall side dish or great Thanksgiving side and so easy to prepare.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar
Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

Other ways I like to make squash is into aΒ Harvest Kale Salad with Roasted Winter Squash or Parmesan Roasted Squash. Even Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash for a full meal.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

Acorn squash is a winter squash with a sweet, yellow-orange flesh inside.

The farmer’s market has many varieties of squash this time of year. This recipe would also work for carnival squash and butternut squash. To eat, simply mash it all around in the shell and enjoy each bite.

Some might even consider this as a dessert and adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Is acorn squash healthy?

Acorn squash is rich in antioxidants and fiber making it the perfect addition to a well balanced diet.

How To Know if Acorn Squash is Rip:

The easiest way to know of acorn squash is ripe is to look at the color. Acorn squash turns dark green when ripened.

Tips for making ahead and more:

  • If you want to make this for a crowd, just double or triple the recipe.
  • Refrigerate up to 4 days.
  • This can be made ahead and reheated in the oven when ready to eat.

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

5 from 6 votes
Roasted acorn squash with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon is a perfect fall side dish or great Thanksgiving side and so easy to prepare.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 5 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 /2 squash


  • 2 acorn squash cut in half, seeds and fibers removed
  • 2 tbsp whipped butter or coconut oil, vegan butter
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar to taste
  • dash of ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Rub 1/2 tbsp light butter on each side. Top with brown sugar and cinnamon.
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  • 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, until tender.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

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Serving: 1 /2 squash, Calories: 143 kcal, Carbohydrates: 34.5 g, Protein: 1.5 g, Fat: 2.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 52.5 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 12 g



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72 comments on “Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar”

  1. Whenever I roast squash, it's usually not for one meal and I just do it with a small amount of water in the pan (is that true roasting? I'm not sure). BUT! In trying to save my points for a special event tonight, I'm going to have a half squash with some pumpkin butter…I'm betting it will be lovely! πŸ™‚

  2. I made this last night, and it was SO, SO good! My husband and I both loved it and gave it a very enthusiastic I-would-totally-eat-this-again rating. πŸ™‚

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Kathleen – This is great with roasted chicken or turkey.

    Nikki- I would cut them into wedges, it may need less time to cook so check them sooner.

    Thanks Gloria!

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    Lynda and Jerry

    Made this tonight for supper. It was so yummy. I will also use this for my butternut squash.

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    Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch)

    Thanks for always sharing your great recipes, Gina! You are a good person. This one looks DELICIOUS!
    Best regards,

  6. I made this last night. It was DELICIOUS! Even my boyfriend who "hates all squash" like this. I do believe this just made it's way onto the Thanksgiving menu this year =)

    How do you think it would turn out if I cut the squash into rings and roasted it that way? Would you roast the rings in a single layer, or layer them up like a casserole? Thanks!

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    Loved this! Justed made it tonight for my husband and I as an after dinner snack. For those of you who use all natural/organic products I used "Earth Balance" soy free natural buttery spread. It was great!

  8. Yum, going to the farmers market tomorrow, love all the squashes but the family are not crazy about them πŸ™‚

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    A Canadian Foodie

    I love all baked squashes and pumpkins and am consistently in awe of how flavourful and sweet they are completely on their own. So, this would be a spectacular dish – like candy!

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    Tiffiny Felix

    Yum! I *love* acorn squash! I love the orange skin color–my acorns are just green. Yours are so pretty πŸ™‚

    1. Its great with any pork dish. Ive also curt a slice of bacon in half and put it along the edge of the squash as I bake it

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies

    I bought some acorn squash yesterday and this was exactly the recipe I had in mind. I may also have to add some maple syrup. Can't wait.