stuffed acorn squash

Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash

Squash, of all varieties, often sparks the question, “what are we going to make?”  Curries, roasted squash, risotto, stuffed squash…the options are endless.  We decided that we would try a hearty stuffed acorn squash recipe using a stuffing made with bulgur and lentils.  The texture was perfect and the blend of spices and flavors-divine.  This would make an excellent side dish for Thanksgiving or other fall dinner parties.


Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash

Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash

Hearty Stuffed Acorn Squash


  • 4-6 acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 C dry bulgur
  • 1/2 C dry lentils
  • small onion, finely diced
  • 1 14 oz block firm tofu
  • 1 C breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • salt & pepper
  • Follow Your Heart Parmesan Shreds, optional - they add a very nice salty and nuttiness


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Salt & pepper the inside of each squash half; place squash cut side down on a parchment-lined [or aluminum foil lined brushed with a small amount of oil to prevent sticking] baking sheet; roast for 30-50 minutes until a knife slides easily through.
  3. Bring bulgur and 1 C water to a boil in a small saucepan; reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until bulgar is tender, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Bring lentils and 2C water to boil in a saucepan; add 1/2 tsp salt and simmer until lentils are tender, 20-30 minutes; drain.
  5. Sauté onion in a small amount of water over medium heat until soft
  6. Food process tofu until creamy;
  7. Mix tofu with the bulgur, lentils, onion, breadcrumbs, pecans, thyme, and sage; salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Turn squash flesh side up and mound with the filling; bake for 15 minutes more until browned and cooked through


You may top with 1 T parmesan shreds on each squash half in the last 5 minutes.

Or make a nut-nutritional yeast parm and top before serving. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 14gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g

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Happy Fall! Live VegInspired!


Kathy and John