Deliciously Stuffed Acorn Squash

I love fall and all the deliciously earthy flavors that come with this season! I also love when I can make dinner out of left over items hanging out in my fridge. Seriously, this is such an easy dinner and not to mention simple! Just toss it together and in the oven it goes while you enjoy time with your family! Ok enough of the chatter box here... Let's get cooking!


Per the usual I included the basic ingredients you need for this recipe, the ingredients I used, and directions to follow along. If you modified something, then skip that step or replace the step with your own ingredient!


Stuffed Acorn Squash

Keep It Simple | Just The Basics:

1 lb Ground Beef

1 Can Diced Tomatoes (salt free) or fresh diced tomatoes

1 Can Cannelloni Beans or another sturdy bean

1 Cup of Something yummy, crunchy and Green

1 Carrot Chopped

1 Shallot Chopped or small onion

1 TSP Thyme

1 TSP Dill

1 TSP Granulated Garlic or chopped/minced fresh

1/4 TSP (pinch to taste) Salt

Pepper To taste

1/3 Cup Panko or breadcrumbs

2 TBSP Parsley

1/4 Cup + Shredded Mozzarella


Thyme For Mine | Make it With Me:

1 lb Ground Beef

1 Can Diced Tomatoes (salt free)

1 Can Cannelloni Beans

1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Broccoli

1 Carrot Chopped

1 Shallot Chopped

1 TSP Thyme

1 TSP Dill

1 TSP Granulated Garlic

1/4 TSP (pinch to taste) Salt

Pepper To taste

1/3 Cup Panko

2 TBSP Parsley

1/4 Cup + Shredded Mozzarella


Direction Thyme:

Filling:

1. Make ahead and use for filling in bell peppers, squash, put it on pizza or just enjoy over some pasta--if not made ahead, preheat oven to 425 and make while squash is in the oven pre-baking!

2. Brown ground meat on medium-high heat

3. Add salt & pepper as cooking--cook until browned and slightly crispy

4. Reduce heat to medium

5. Add shallot, carrot, and broccoli

6. Add thyme and dill as cooking

7. Let cook a few minutes until carrots just start to soften

10. Add Tomatoes & Cannelloni Beans

11. Remove from heat and allow to cool before refrigerating or add straight to prepared squash/bell peppers


Squash:1. Preheat Oven to 425

2. Halve Acorn Squash

TIP: Cut once side at a time along a indention and meet in the middle!

3. Clean out seeds

4. Season squash with olive oil, thyme, granulated garlic

5. Place parchment on baking sheet

6. Place squash cut side up

7. Bake 15 - 20 minutes (depending on size)

8. Flip squash over

9. Bake another 5 minutes

10. Remove and flip over

11. Fill 1/2 way with meat mixture

12. Add a little mozzarella

13. Fill the remaining way (it's ok if it is mounding!)

14. Mix panko, parsley & mozzarella

TIP: Make ahead and keep in a zip lock bag in the cheese drawer for a quick crunchy topping

15. Top squash with panko mixture

16. Bake 10 minutes



Stuffed Acorn Squash

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