As much as I would like to deny it, summer will be fading soon and fall will arrive in all its autumnal beauty, bringing with it some favorite flavors we look forward to every year.
Sure, apples and pumpkins are the stars of most of our autumn food dreams, but one of my favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of squash at the grocery store and local farmers’ markets. From butternut squash and spaghetti squash, to one of my personal faves, acorn, there are so many varieties to choose from.
Acorn squash (also known as pepper squash or Des Moines squash) can go from a simple side dish to the star of the meal easily and these 30 best acorn squash recipes are here to show you how!
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Over the years I have found so many ways to use one of our favorite fall veggies. From simply roasting it in the oven to stuffing it with meats, other veggies and cheese until it’s overflowing with flavor, the possibilities are endless once you cut into an acorn squash. Here you will find ways to use it as a side dish, main dish, soup course and even as an appetizer!
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How To Cook Acorn Squash
Like many other vegetables, roasting acorn squash has become a go-to method when you want simplicity, but lots of flavor. Baking it in the oven brings out its sweetness and nutty flavor. We love it with just butter, salt and pepper, but there are so many flavors you can add from sweet to savory and even spicy.
The good news though? You can also prepare it in both your slow cooker and Instant Pot, saving time and effort. Plus, on those warm autumn days when you want fall flavors—but not a hot house—these two methods are the way to go!
Best Acorn Squash Recipes
My Roasted Acorn Squash might be super simple, but it’s filled with mega flavor. And when the holidays roll around and you need to save some stove-top space, my Slow Cooker Acorn Squash will be life-changing.
The Grilled Acorn Squash Salad is a great light meal on those still warm Indian summer evenings. Or pair it with Acorn Squash and Carrot soup for a complete autumn meal.
The Praline Roasted Acorn Squash was also a huge hit in our house last year and almost tastes like dessert for dinner!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stuffing acorn squash is another fun meal idea, so you will find recipes for all sorts of stuffing ideas: lasagna, apple and sweet potato, sausage and cranberry, and even chipotle chicken. When you fill this autumn vegetable up with other tasty ingredients, it truly turns into an entire meal.
This fall, be sure to watch the grocery ads for when acorn squash goes on sale, fill your cart and get ready to cook some of these delicious inspirations!