Easy Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - The Carefree Kitchen (2024)

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This Oven Roasted Acorn Squash recipe gives you a step by step guide for how to bake acorn squash whole. This method works well with any kind of squash and is great served as a side dish or used in recipes for soups, baking, and more.

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Easy Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Oven Roasted Squash is my favorite way to cook squash. It's the perfect method whether you need is for a recipe or just wanted to enjoy roasted acorn squash slices, halves, or even seeds.

You can use this method for any kind of squash, too. Keep reading for more step by step instructions, tips, and serving suggestions.

If you are looking for more healthy acorn squash recipes, try this Wild Rice Stuffed Squash, Roasted Squash with Cinnamon, or add a little to this Root Vegetable Mash, perfect for fall and the holidays.

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Ways to use Roasted Acorn Squash:

  • Pie. I love to use acorn squash in my pumpkin pie recipe. It gives it just a little different flavor and it is delicious!!
  • Soup. Roasted acorn squash is the perfect base to a delicious soup. Add some cream, thyme, and garlic, and wowza, yummy! Or, try this Creamy Curry Squash Soup or Acorn Squash Soup.
  • Salad. Roasted squash is also amazing in salad. You can dice it into big chunks, with some chicken, on a bed of spring mix lettuce with some pine nuts, feta cheese, and a balsamic dressing, you've got yourself a terrific salad!
  • Casseroles. Try this with a pecan crumble topping or spread on a veggie lasagna.
  • Pizza. Have you ever tried squash on pizza? Dooooo it!
  • As is with a side of Cottage Cheese - yum!

Oven Roasted Acorn Squash Ingredients

  • Acorn Squash - I love the flavor of acorn squash, and they are a perfect size for roasting. You can also use this recipe to roast butternut squash, spaghetti squash, or any other type of squash.
  • Avocado Oil - this is to brush over the squash before roasting. You could also use olive oil, coconut oil, or any other type of cooking oil.
  • Salt and Pepper - this is added to taste just before baking.
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How To Bake Acorn Squash Whole

  1. Half and clean the squash. Using a sharp knife, cut your acorn squash in half and scrap out the seeds with a large spoon. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your squash halves with the flesh side up.
  2. Season the acorn squash halves. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then flip so the squash are flesh side down.
  3. Bake. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40-60 minutes, or until you are able to stick a fork or long toothpick into the flesh easily.
  4. Use immediately or store. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving immediately or cooling and using for another recipe. Enjoy!
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Tips for Roasting Acorn Squash

  • If you are using a bigger squash, use your chef's knife and cut the squash into smaller pieces, about 5" squared or even 5" irregular shaped pieces.
  • If I'm planning to eat this Roasted Acorn Squash plain, I like to add a dusting of salt and pepper. If I'm planning to bake a pie with it, I just brush it with olive oil.
  • One thing to keep in mind when you are roasting one of the bigger squash is to make sure all our pieces of squash are the same size.
  • You can use a sharp knife to cut them into evenly sized pieces. The smaller the pieces of squash, the quicker it will roast in the oven.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat acorn squash skin?

Yes, it's perfectly edible so feel free to eat the skin if you would like.

Should you peel acorn squash before roasting whole?

Because of the large grooves, it's almost impossible to peel acorn squash before cooking it. It's easiest to just wait and peel after you cook it. Or, go ahead and eat the roasted skin!

How do you cut an acorn squash in half?

Remove the stem, then lay the acorn squash on its side on a large cutting board. Using the palm of our hand, give the knife a couple of good whacks into the squash. When your knife is wedged inside, lift and pound the entire thing on the cutting board. This should split the knife through the center.

If your squash isn't cut all the way through at this point, use your hands to pull the acorn squash apart. Use a knife to clean up the edges if necessary.

How long to bake acorn squash at 400 degrees?

For an average acorn squash that is cut in half, about 5-6" at its widest, and about an inch thick,it should take about 45 minutes to bake at 400 degrees. You are looking for the flesh to become fork tender all the way through. The larger the squash, the longer it will take to cook.

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Oven Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

This Oven Roasted Acorn Squash recipe gives you a step by step guide for how to bake acorn squash whole. This method works well with any kind of squash and is great served as a side dish or used in recipes for soups, baking, and more.

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes minutes

Total Time 55 minutes minutes

Servings 6 people

Calories 41kcal

Author The Carefree Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 large Acorn Squash
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil (you can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or just about any type of cooking oil)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Using a sharp knife, cut your acorn squash in half and scrap out the seeds with a large spoon.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your squash halves with the flesh side up. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then flip so the squash are flesh side down.

  • Bake in your preheated oven for 40-60 minutes, or until you are able to stick a fork or long toothpick into the flesh easily.

  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving immediately or cooling and using for another recipe. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Fat: 4g

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This is a step by step guide on how to make roasted acorn squash. This method works well with any kind of squash. You can use this oven roasting method on squash you plan to bake with or enjoy on its own.

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  1. Lea

    super easy instructions made roasting these a breeze.

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