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24 Acorn Squash Recipes That Are Deserving Of Your Attention

Don't let butternut and pumpkin be the only squashes you make this fall.
10/17/2013 08:46am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

From the outside, an acorn squash doesn't look like much.

acorn squash

Its thick outer skin is somewhat intimidating, and the whole thing appears to be more decorative than edible. But my, my, my, this little gourd is justifiably an unsung hero of the squash world. It can be baked, nuked, sautéed and steamed into delectable fall dishes good enough for an entree. Acorn squash can be pureed into a soup or stuffed with filling and can be used as a bowl itself, too. Once cooked, its fiber-rich orangey flesh will satisfy the hungry.

Oh and how it pairs -- so simply -- with a pat of butter and a dash of freshly ground pepper. You'll pass this vegetable near its butternut and spaghetti squash relatives, and the next time you do, pick a couple up to make one of these 24 recipes below.

1
Stuffed Acorn Squash & Wild Rice Medley (Vegan)
The Simple Veganista
Get the Stuffed Acorn Squash & Wild Rice Medley recipe by The Simple Veganista
2
Acorn Alfredo Penne Pasta (Vegan)
Lunchbox Bunch
Get the Acorn Alfredo Penne Pasta recipe by The Lunchbox Bunch
3
Black & Orange Forbidden Rice With Acorn Squash & Pecans (Vegan)
A Spicy Perspective
4
Roasted Acorn Squash Pancakes
Bev Cooks
5
Crispy Acorn Squash Rounds
How Sweet It Is
Get the Crispy Acorn Squash Round recipe by How Sweet It Is
6
Autumn Arugula Salad With Caramelized Squash & Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette
How Sweet It Is
7
Vanilla Bourbon Baked Balsamic Acorn Squash
How Sweet It Is
8
Chili-Roasted Vegetable Salad
Bev Cooks
9
Acorn Squash Veggie Burgers (Vegan)
My Whole Food Life
Get the Acorn Squash Veggie Burgers recipe by My Whole Food Life
10
Cranberry Brussels Sprout Stuffed Acorn Squash (Vegan Option)
The Little Leopard Book
Get the Acorn Squash Dip recipe by The Little Leopard Book
11
Chicken & Black Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Bev Cooks
12
Acorn Squash Quesadillas
Smitten Kitchen
Get the Acorn Squash Quesadillas recipe by Smitten Kitchen
13
Acorn Squash Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)
Oatgasm
14
Pomegranate, Quinoa & Goat Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash
Hummusapien
15
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Acorn Squash
The Healthy Foodie
16
Acorn Squash & Rutabaga Salad With Creamy Orange Rosemary Dressing
The Healthy Foodie
17
Smitten Kitchen
18
Acorn Squash & Sweet Potato Soup
The Healthy Foodie
Get the Acorn Squash & Sweet Potato Soup recipe by The Healthy Foodie
19
Winter Squash Hash
Macheesmo
Get the Winter Squash Hash recipe by Macheesmo
20
Warm Farro & Mustard Green Salad With Maple Roasted Acorn Squash, Feta & Walnuts
Nicole Franzen/Food52
21
Roasted Acorn Squash With Brown Sugar
22
Roasted Corn Pudding In Acorn Squash
Gimme Some Oven
23
Roasted Acorn Squash & Leek Soup With Pepitas (Vegan)
Skinny Taste
Get the Roasted Acorn Squash & Leek Soup With Pepitas recipe by Skinny Taste, adapted from the Eating with Uncle Sam Cookbook
24
Acorn Squash Dip
Macheesmo
Get the Acorn Squash Dip recipe by Macheesmo

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