This Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash is a complete meal all in one simple recipe. The squash is slowly roasted and then stuffed with sausage, apple cranberries, and pecans. It makes a great healthy fall meal or festive dish to serve for the holidays. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30.
This apple sausage stuffed squash is a delicious hearty meal you can serve that is loaded with protein and fiber all in one dish! It makes a beautiful main dish or healthy side that goes great alongside chicken, ham, or turkey.
This recipe was inspired by this very popular vegetarian stuffed squash which is a meatless version of this squash recipe.
Although this recipe takes a little bit more time to make, most of that time is just waiting for the squash to cook. Then all you need to do is make the amazing sausage apple filling, stuff the squash, and bake it until it is nice and golden.
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Do I Need To Peel The Squash Before Roasting It?
- Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash Ingredients
- How To Make Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Recipe Tips For Success
- Customize The Stuffing
- How To Store Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Can You Freeze Stuffed Butternut Squash?
- Servings Suggestions
- More Butternut Squash Recipes To Try:
- Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Hearty and flavorful – this recipe is full of warm fall flavors like apple, sage, and rosemary and is so filling and satisfying.
- Healthy – packed with so much protein and fiber, plus it is gluten-free, paleo, and whole30.
- Impressive dish – butternut squash boats filled with the incredible apple sausage filling makes it both beautiful and delicious.
- Great main meal or side dish – you can serve it as a complete main dish or side dish that goes with so many things.
Do I Need To Peel The Squash Before Roasting It?
In this recipe, it is not necessary to peel and cut the butternut squash before you roast it. All you need to do is cut the squash in half, brush it with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and roast it in the oven until it is tender and caramelized.
Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash Ingredients
- Butternut squash – you will need 2 medium butternut squash that are similar in size and shape. You want to use squash that is wider rather than longer in this recipe so there is more space for the filling. You can find this at almost any grocery store. I used 2, medium squashes that were about 2.25 lbs each.
- Sausage – any sausage or ground turkey will work in this recipe. I used sweet Italian sausage. Ground beef will also work but will need a little bit more salt.
- Vegetables – I used a combination of onion, celery, and spinach. Make sure you use fresh and not frozen spinach. Frozen spinach will make this recipe too watery. You could also add in carrots, scallions, or chopped bell pepper.
- Apple – any apple will work in this recipe. I used a gala apple.
- Pecans – add a nice crunch. You can also use walnuts.
- Dried cranberries – are used to add a nice sweet flavor to the filling.
- Olive oil – extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- Chicken stock – low sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock.
- Garlic– you can use fresh garlic or garlic paste. If you use garlic paste, you will need about 3 teaspoons.
- Salt and pepper – to enhance all of the flavors.
*Get the full list of ingredients and recipe instructions in the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.
How To Make Stuffed Butternut Squash
Prepare the squash. Slice the butternut squash in half lengthwise using a sharp kitchen knife. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, you can save them to roast later or discard them.
Make the sausage and apple stuffing. Heat a large skillet to medium heat, add the sausage, and break it up with a spoon or spatula as it cooks. Once the meat is no longer pink add in the onions, celery, and garlic. Toss and cook that for a few minutes. Add in the fresh herbs, spinach, and stock if needed. Cook until the spinach is wilted.
Finish the stuffing. Remove the pan from the heat, add in the diced apples, cranberries, and pecans, and toss that all together.
Prepare the squash for the stuffing. Scoop out the flesh of the squash leaving a ½-3/4 inch border around the edge of the squash skin and about 2.5 inches from the bottom. You can use the extra squash for soup or mashed butternut squash.
Fill and bake the squash. Divide the sausage and apple filling evenly between the 4 halves of squash. If desired, top with a little sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Place the squash back into the 400°F oven and brown the tops for 10 minutes or until it is nice and golden brown.
Recipe Tips For Success
- Butternut squash: Select a butternut squash that is more even in size all around and wider as opposed to one that has a longer neck on it. This will allow more space to fill it. A 2-2.5 lb squash is the best size for this recipe. I used 2 butternut squash that were 2.2 lbs each.
- Cooking times: Roast the squash until a sharp knife can be inserted easily into the center of the squash. This usually takes 35-45 minutes for a medium size squash.
- Veggies: Cut the veggies and apples into small pieces so they cook fast and fit easily when filling the squash.
- Scooping the squash: Let the squash cool for 5 minutes before scooping out the center. Use the extra squash for soup or mashed butternut squash.
- Make ahead: You can make the filling ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It’s delicious all on its own.
Customize The Stuffing
- Switch up the protein. You can swap the sausage with ground meat like ground turkey, beef, or chicken.
- Make it meatless stuffed squash. You can use meatless meat crumbles, minced cooked mushrooms or chickpeas, and quinoa in place of the sausage.
- Add some cooked brown rice, white rice, or quinoa for an even heartier stuffed squash.
- Use diced pears in place of the apples. Both are great options that add to the depth of flavor and crunch in the stuffing.
- Raisins can be used in place of dried cranberries.
- Use chopped kale in place of the spinach.
How To Store Stuffed Butternut Squash
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Easily reheat it at 350°F in the oven or in portions in the microwave until warmed through. We actually love this as leftovers, since the flavors really get even more intense as it sits.
Can You Freeze Stuffed Butternut Squash?
Yes, stuffed squash actually freezes very well. Just let it cool completely, transfer it to a freezer-safe food container, and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight then reheat as noted above.
This stuffed butternut squash recipe is great for the holidays and goes well with so many other dishes. Here are a few of my favorite dishes to pair with it:
More Butternut Squash Recipes To Try:
- Simple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- The BEST Mashed Butternut Squash
- Healthy Butternut Squash Lasagna
- Butternut Squash Noodles Bowl – Vegan
- Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash Salad
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