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stuffed squash

Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

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  • Author: Alexis Joseph
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 6 halves 1x
  • Category: Main Meals
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Enjoy this flavorful, high-protein Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash with tempeh "sausage!" A healthy meatless meal perfect for any night of the week. Vegan, gluten-free, and carnivore-approved.


Units Scale
  • 3 acorn squash, halved and de-seeded
  • 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8oz sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1-8 oz package tempeh, finely chopped (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed (start with 2 tsp if you want to go easy on the sausage flavor)
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 2-3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce (sub tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Halve squash (from stem to root) and remove seeds. Rub with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place squash cut-side-down on a baking sheet lined with a Silipat or parchment paper. Place pecans on a separate lined baking sheet. Bake pecans for about 10 minutes and roast squash for about 35-40 minutes (depending on size), or until fork tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, mushrooms, kale, and tempeh and sauté for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 5-10 more minutes, or until tempeh is browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stuff the tempeh mixture evenly into the cooked squash halves. Top with pecans. Serve hot.


Some readers have added chopped apple or dried cranberries/raisins and loved it!