Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is an irresistible fall dish with kale, chopped leeks, and pecans for a complete healthy meal! Enjoy this quick and nutritious dinner mid-week or serve for guests at your next dinner party!
Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash
Today I’m sharing a scrumptious belly warming meal that quickly comes together in just 30-minutes!
This meal is the perfect time saver feast for busy evenings for the family, yet it is also an exceptional meal to plate up for guests.
Ingredients for stuffed acorn squash
The ingredients used in this recipe are simple:
- acorn squash
- sausage, some veggies
- a sprinkle of cheese.
Nutritious and flavorful, which is just what we need before the holiday treat temptation is in full force!
If you’ve cooked winter squash before then you know that it can take up to 45 minutes of roasting time to get through the thick shell before softening up the flesh. Well, I have simplified the cooking method.
We all can use some extra hours each day, right?! Any shortcut that saves precious time offering some down time in the evening is always welcomed, especially with the holidays around the corner.
Breath, friends! I have you covered. We are in the most festive time of year, so let’s enjoy every second.
Remember the pressure cooker pumpkin puree recipe I shared with you? Well, the same cooking method can be used to soften up acorn squash or any squash for that matter!
Cook squash in a pressure cooker!
Once the Instant Pot builds up the pressure, soft squash is ready to be filled in just 4 minutes. While the pressure cooker does its magic, cook the sausage filling. The complete meal is ready to be served in under 30-minutes!
So simple, yet quite elegant if you decide to prepare this meal for guests. I must say that part of the beauty of this meal comes from the presentation. Did you notice the beautiful place setting?
Lenox place setting
Lenox’s Pleated Colors Gray 4-Piece setting is a new stylish design with a lovely modern touch. The Soft gray and white with a simple gold rim adds a touch of elegance, and will match any tablescape. Dress up the place setting with beautiful linen or keep it casual like I did.
The fluted rims really caught my eye and the delicate gold touch of color is so pretty! You might think that the gold rim requires special care. Well, you will be glad to know that these dishes are microwave and dishwasher safe!
Also worth noting is that this gorgeous pattern is made in the United States and comes in a variety of colors; red, navy, and aqua.
Go take a look at all the beautiful patterns that Lenox offers. You just might find a new set that will look lovely on your table. Of course you will top it with sausage stuffed acorn squash!
Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash
This Stuffed Acorn Squash is an irresistible fall dish with kale, chopped leeks, and pecans for a complete healthy meal!
- 3 Small Acorn Squash
- 2 teaspoons avocado oil
- 1 pound Sicilian Chicken Sausage
- 1 Large Leek, sliced
- 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
- 4 cups kale, chopped
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
Clean acorn squash and cook using the same method as the Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Puree, except cook for 4 minutes.
In a large skillet add oil and heat over medium. Add sausage and break up into chunks while cooking for about 5 minutes. Remove cooked sausage from skillet and set aside. Add additional teaspoon of oil and add chopped leek until fragrant and soft. Add kale and garlic. Saute for a minute and then add 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Stir in sausage and remove from heat. Fold in pecans. Place cooked squash on a plate and fill with sausage mix. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Sicilian Chicken Sausage can be purchased at Trader Joe's or you can use any seasoned sausage of your choice.
Filling is enough for 8 servings. Serve on the side or enjoy in another meal.
Serve filling each squash or cut squash in half filling each piece.