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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage and Black Rice

The acorn squash is one of my favorites, it’s sweet flavor makes it so easy to eat--simply roasted and buttered, it’s full of delicious flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice stuffing, sausage stuffing, stuffed squash
Servings: 3 stuffed squash
Calories: 862kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston


  • ½ c black rice
  • 1 c vegetable stock
  • 2-3 acorn squash
  • ½ c mushrooms chopped
  • 4 stalks red kale removed from stem, chopped
  • ¼ c sweet onion chopped
  • 1 lb sweet italian ground sausage
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ c chopped walnuts
  • ¼ c parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast


  • Bring black rice and vegetable stock to boil in a saucepan. After 2 minutes, cover and set to simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Set oven to 400 degree. Place parchment paper on a small cookie sheet.
  • Cut acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds. Rub with oil, salt, pepper and place face down on the cookie sheet. Roast for 30-40 minutes.
  • While squash bakes and rice cooks, add oil to a large saute pan at medium heat.
  • Add onions to the pan and cook until clear.
  • Add ground sausage to the onions, cooking until no longer pink, 7-10 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add kale, garlic, cumin, thyme and paprika. Stir until kale is wilted.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Once rice is fully cooked mix into ground sausage mix
  • When squash is fully cooked, scoop mixture into the center of the squash.
  • Top with chopped walnuts and cheese, and place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes.


Another rice or quinoa can be substituted for this dish.


Calories: 862kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 2009mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9139IU | Vitamin C: 127mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 7mg