Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash
A savory mix of fresh autumn flavors, crunchy pecans and filling sausage!
- 3-4 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
- 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Olive Oil, divided
- Salt and pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound Sprouts Butcher Shop Sausage
- 3/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1 cup pecan pieces, chopped
- 1 cup apples chopped
- 1/8 tsp. Sprouts Nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped, plus more for garnish
- 2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1 cup wild brown rice, cooked to package directions
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
- Slice the acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
- Rub the squash halves with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place squash on the prepared baking sheet.
- Roast for 15-20 minutes or until squash is just fork tender.
- While squash is roasting, add one tablespoon of olive oil to a medium skillet on medium-high heat.
- Add the sausage and cook until no longer pink, about five to seven minutes.
- Drain off the grease and set the sausage aside.
- To the same skillet, add the onions, garlic and apples. Cook until tender, about three to four minutes.
- Add the apple cider to the pan and deglaze by scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon.
- Add the pecans, nutmeg, thyme and rosemary. Cook until the liquid is slightly reduced (four to five minutes).
- Remove from heat and mix in cooked rice, spinach, and ¾ cup of Parmesan. Transfer mixture to a separate bowl.
- Stuff the squash halves with the sausage, rice, and apple mixture.
- Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan, fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Meet Nichole Crews
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Nichole Crews is the blogger behind Casa de Crews, a site that initially began after becoming a newlywed. Casa de Crews quickly evolved into a food blog once Nichole’s husband began law school and Nichole had to start meal planning for their family of two. When she’s not in the kitchen trying to perfect meals for the week ahead, you can find Nichole and her husband fixing up their starter home on weekends, entertaining friends at Casa de Crews or snuggling with her two puppies.