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Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash - Enjoy the delicious flavors of Fall with this easy recipe!

Acorn squash is my all-time favorite type of squash to eat – and when it’s Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash – even better!

This delicious recipe is easy to prepare, ready in an hour or so (mostly baking time), and it makes a great side dish to serve along with roasted chicken, beef or pork. (You could even eat this as a meatless meal if you’d like!)

Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash - Enjoy the delicious flavors of Fall with this easy recipe!

These Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash are also a wonderful way to enjoy in-season apples and squash. After taking the photographs you see here, we brought the leftovers to a neighborhood house party – and they were immediately devoured!

The spicy, buttery apple filling is the perfect complement to the flavor of the acorn squash – and a delicious taste of Fall!


Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 large acorn squash
  • 2 Gala apples, or other hard baking apple
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose four
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dry sage
  • 1 cup applesauce (sweetened or unsweetened is fine)
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut squash in half horizontally and remove seeds. Pull or cut off stem if attached and on the other end, slice off a tiny sliver of the end so that it sits upright in a pan without rocking.
  3. Place all four squash halves cut up in a 9×13-inch glass baking dish.
  4. Peel, core and cut apples into one inch cubes and place in large bowl.
  5. Immediately cover with lemon juice and toss to coat.
  6. Add zest, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, salt, sage and apple sauce and mix.
  7. Divide evenly between four acorn squash halves.
  8. Cut the butter into four pieces and press one piece down into the center of each filled squash.
  9. Pour water into the bottom of the baking dish to come about one third of the way up.
  10. Cover pan with parchment and foil and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness and bake for 15 minutes more if needed.
  11. Then uncover and bake for 15 minutes more to brown tops. (Ours took the entire hour and 15 minutes).
  12. Remove from oven and serve. (The outside squash skin is not meant to be eaten.)

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Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash - Enjoy the delicious flavors of Fall with this easy recipe!


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  1. Love how you dressed up this acorn squash. One a scale of 1 to 10 I’m a 10 all the way for squash. I am a lover of all things squash. So so good! It really is an unrecognized comfort food. I love the apples in here, you just made it even more Fallish.

  2. Sharon Atcheson :

    Really looking forward to preparing this fall-inspired dish! I don’t see a oven temp.? Thank-you for being my favorite recipe blog!

  3. Holy moly I’m baking this now and it smells so good. I didn’t have some of the spices so I just did cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brown sugar. And I didn’t have a lemon, just the juice. Nonetheless, I keep staring at the time because I can’t wait to eat!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. Stella Childress :

    Thank you for your amazing recipes, what would be nice on all if I had the nutritional value on them.