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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Chicken Sausage, Apple & Goat Cheese

An easy fall dinner, this baked stuffed acorn squash with barley, chicken sausage, apple & goat cheese is a deliciously quick & healthy dinner recipe with tons of fall flavor.  It’s topped with an oat and pecan topping for an amazing winter squash recipe.

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash with barley, Chicken Sausage, Apple & Goat Cheese

Stuffed Vegetables for dinner are always a plus in my book.  A complete nutritious meal served in its own edible bowl.  Stuffed peppers, stuffed zucchini, stuffed acorn squash…healthy and easy, they’re a one dish meal with tons of ingredient options.

Just last week the leaves were at the peak of the season bursting with bright reds, oranges, and yellows, and then, just like that, they’re mostly brown and almost bare.  Mother Nature sure is amazing, giving us a gentle reminder that winter is right around the corner.

Speaking of winter, I have to say this is the earliest I’ve begun my Christmas shopping.  I’d like to think I’m a seasoned shopper now that I’m 28… all this Christmas shopping is putting me in the holiday mood (even though it’s only the beginning of November).

But anyways, let’s not rush Christmas.  GOSH ALYSSA, it’s not even thanksgiving!

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash with barley, Chicken Sausage, Apple & Goat Cheese

Perfectly roasted acorn squash ready for stuffing…

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash with barley, Chicken Sausage, Apple & Goat Cheese

Baked stuffed acorn squash recipe is filled with barley, chicken sausage, apple, carrots, fall spices and creamy goat cheese.  Then it’s topped with a crunchy oat and pecan topping and baked to perfection for an easy fall or winter dinner recipe.

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash with barley, Chicken Sausage, Apple & Goat Cheese

This hearty stuffed acorn squash recipe is bursting with toasty, cozy warm fall flavors making it the perfect lunch or dinner recipe for in between the changing autumn and winter seasons.

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash with barley, Chicken Sausage, Apple & Goat Cheese

Stuffed Acorn Squash with barley, Chicken Sausage, Apple & Goat Cheese

An easy fall dinner, this baked stuffed acorn squash with barley, chicken sausage, apple & goat cheese is a deliciously quick & healthy dinner recipe with tons of fall flavor. It’s topped with an oat and pecan topping for an amazing winter squash recipe.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easydinner, easyfalldinner, healthydinner, stuffedacornsquash
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 stuffed halves

Ingredients

  • 2 Whole Acorn Squash
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Barley
  • 1/2 cup Broth or Water
  • ½ Yellow onion diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 Carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 Apple peeled cored and diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Chicken Sausages cut into chunks
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Sage or 2 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary or 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup 3oz Goat Cheese, crumbles (see recipe notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut each acorn squash in half.  Scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place open side down on an aluminum lined baking sheet and bake 45-60 minutes until fork tender and softened.  Remove and set aside.

  3. Place the pecans, oats and cinnamon on a baking sheet. Stir to combine and bake for about 7-10 minutes until toasted and slightly golden. Set aside.
  4. While acorn squash is baking, make your stuffing: bring 1/2 cup of broth (or water) to a boil in a small saucepan. Add barley, turn to low, and simmer 20-25 minutes until liquid is fully absorbed and barley is fully cooked. Set aside
  5. Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add in diced onions and carrots and cook 7-10 minutes until translucent and softened.
  6. Add in apples, garlic, chicken sausage, and spices. Cook additional 5 minutes.  Stir in the goat cheese crumbles and half of the oat/pecan mixture.

  7. Once acorn squash is fully cooked, fill each half with about 1 cup of filling (see recipe notes).  Bake additional 10-15 minutes.  Top with remaining oat/pecan mixture and serve.

Recipe Notes

*I used a cranberry goat cheese that’s usually available seasonally at my market. If you only have plain goat cheese, you can simply add 1-2 tbsp of dried cranberries if desired.

*Acorn squash can be baked and stored up to 4 days ahead of time. Wrap in aluminum or place in sealed container in refrigerator until ready to use.

*Filling can also be made ahead of time up to 3 days stored in the refrigerator.

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