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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Apple

  • Preparation time : 10 minutes
  • Cooking time : 45 minutes
  • Servings : 4
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  • 2 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Allen’s Apple Juice Not From Concentrate
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa
  • 2 mild Italian sausages (casing removed)
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Brush squash with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut-side down on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven; set aside.

  2. Heat apple juice and chicken broth in saucepan set over medium-high heat; bring to boil. Add quinoa; reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork.

  3. Fry sausage in skillet set over medium-high heat, breaking up with wooden spoon until browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add apple and onion; sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender-crisp.

  4. Stir together quinoa, apple, onions, pecans, parsley, sage, and half of the Parmesan.

  5. Spoon mixture into squash halves. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.

  6. Transfer squash to baking sheet; cover with foil. Bake for about 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Remove foil; bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is browned.

Apples that can be used in this recipe