Autumn is in the air, and that can only mean one thing: it's time to get out your toaster oven and start baking some squash! No, just me?

Oh well, whether you love squash or not, these three recipes are sure to please. So pull on your coziest sweater, cue up some pumpkin spice tunes, and let's get cooking!

Recipe #1: Baked Acorn Squash With Maple-Glazed Pecans

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. Drizzle olive oil over the squash halves, and season with salt and pepper. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat the maple syrup and pecans in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pecans are coated with syrup and the mixture is bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in rosemary.

5. When the squash is done, spoon the maple-glazed pecans over the top. Serve immediately.

Recipe #2: Roasted Acorn Squash Soup With Sage

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. Drizzle olive oil over the squash halves, and season with salt and pepper. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

4. Carefully remove the squash from the oven, and scoop the flesh into a blender or food processor. Add chicken stock, sage, and cream, and puree until smooth.

5. Pour the soup into a serving bowl, and garnish with croutons or freshly chopped sage leaves, if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe #3: Baked Acorn Squash Stuffing With Sausage & Sage

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. Drizzle olive oil over the squash halves, and season with salt and pepper. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, cook sausage, onion, celery, apples, sage, salt, and pepper over medium heat in a large skillet until the sausage is browned and the vegetables are soft. Stir in chicken stock.

5. When the squash is done, spoon the stuffing mixture into the center of each half. Serve immediately.

In A Nutshell

I hope you enjoy these recipes! Don't be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and different ways of cooking squash. It's a versatile vegetable, so have fun with it!

How to Make Baked Acorn Squash | Simply Recipes

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