Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

How To Make Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This dish is stuffed full of apples, cranberries, and toasted pecans and sweetened with brown sugar and apple juice. Prepare it up to 2 days ahead of time for simple, beautifully presented side dish!

Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 15 mins
Serves: 4 people Pen Icon Edit input


  • 1 acorn squash halved and seeded
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup apple juice divided
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup apples peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped


  1. Put the acorn squash in a crockpot cut side down and fill the crockpot with 1/4 in. water. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add the cranberries, 1/4 C. apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover and simmer on low until the skins on the cranberries pop. 

  3. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and 1 Tbs. apple juice with a fork until smooth. Once the cranberries have popped, add the cornstarch mixture and simmer for 2 minutes, or until it thickens slightly.

  4. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, combine the apples and pecans. Pour the cranberry mixture over the apples. Stir to combine.

  5. Remove the squash from the crockpot and drain the water. Add the squash back to the crockpot, cut side up, and fill the squash with apple cranberry mixture. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 hours. Serve hot.


  • Calcium: 52mg
  • Calories: 177kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 521mg
  • Protein: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Vitamin A: 412IU
  • Vitamin C: 14mg
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