Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash with all the Fall flavor in one bowl. This lunch or dinner is stuffed with Italian sausage, kale, and sweet apples.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 small/med acorn squash, cut in half

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • ½ lb. Italian sausage

  • 1 cup red onion, chopped

  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 medium apple diced

  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped

  • 1 cup kale, chopped

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

  • Sea salt and pepper to taste, fresh parsley — for garnish if desired

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Pour olive oil over the acorn squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, until skin, is soft and fork-tender.

  4. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

  5. Add sausage and using a wooden spoon break into coarse pieces.

  6. Cook until brown. It’s about 5-6 minutes. Then, set it aside, but leaving fat in the skillet.

  7. In the same skillet, add onions and green bell pepper; cook until they’re soft, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

  8. Add diced apple, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1 minute and add chopped kale and cranberry. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  9. Bring back the sausage and stir well to combine and cook just for 1-2 minutes to blend flavors.

  10. Preheat your broiler and divide the apple-sausage filling among squashes.

  11. Once filled, place the baking sheet under the broiler and broil until for 5 minutes or so. Garnish with fresh minced parsley and enjoy!



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