Cheesy Baked Acorn Squash

Don’t you love fall squash? Acorn and butternut squash are perfect side dishes for autumn and winter to me. This recipe could easily be a meatless main course, too. These are such versatile vegetables, and can go sweet or savory. My Sweet Babboo is sweet enough, so he prefers savory versions. He saves the sweet for pumpkin bread. I had an idea to bake acorn squash with a bit of flair, so I tried a new thing and I love it. I’ve made it twice now, and I think we’ll have it several more times this winter. Begin by cutting the squash in half lengthwise, clean out the seeds, and place cut side down on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake one hour.

Rake up the squash to loosen it from the skin, then add two heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese to each half.

Mix well, then top with a sprinkle of salt and some freshly ground pepper.

Top both halves with Parmesan cheese.

Broil for 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted and browned.

Yum!! Hearty with a creamy texture from the ricotta, this is a treat. It is special enough for Thanksgiving, and easy enough for a Tuesday night meal.

Cheesy Baked Acorn Squash

  • one medium size acorn squash
  • 4 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350º. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise and clean out seeds. Place cut side down on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake one hour. Rake squash away from the skin, add half the ricotta to each half of the squash and mix well. Top each half with salt, pepper and half of the Parmesan cheese. Broil 3-5 minutes, until Parmesan is melted and browned. Enjoy! Makes two servings.

What are you cooking up this week?

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21 thoughts on “Cheesy Baked Acorn Squash

  1. kattails

    Looks quite tasty!!! This is how I prepare my cushaws for pie-making. Easy-peasy, no peeling and when I line my baking sheet with aluminum foil clean-up is a breeze too! I have 6 large ones just waiting to be used from Thanksgiving to Christmas. My family prefers them over pumpkin for pies and I try to please! Thanks for another mouth-watering post and recipe!

  2. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    I’ve never had acorn squash but I love ricotta and parmesan!! I put this in the WW calculator and half a squash is only 5 points! Nice meal! I’ll be giving this one a try. Not sure my sweet baboo will eat it as he is not a veggie person, but maybe I could adapt it using a baked potato for him! Thanks.

  3. karenfae

    love baked acorn squash – I hadn’t thought to try it with cheese, I usually sprinkle a little nutmeg and brown sugar with butter and bake it cut side up but I will give your recipe a try

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  5. Your cheesy acorn squash looks great. My husband and son would love it. Will you be having a dinner on Thanksgiving? We know five of us will be together — husband, son, daughter, grandson and me. A couple of neighbors might come, the ones that are often with us for the holiday.

  6. Joan Sheppard

    Nearly ate the picture! Had a pork roast that was begging for something just like this. We also love Butternut Soup. Takes a little time but so worth it. Thanks for all the yummy stuff you share with us.

  7. Constance Boulay

    I have a bunch of Delicata squash, so will try this recipe with one of those. I bet it will be equally delicious. I even have some Ricotta in the frig. Thank you!

  8. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, I am sitting here eating homemade Creamy Potato Soup that is delicious. I cooked some broccoli on the side, as hubby did not want the broccoli added, and also added Cheddar Cheese. It is delicious! I am looking forward to trying this Acorn Squash recipe…as soon as I can get to the store and buy the ingredients. I am always so glad when you share your recipes. Trying new dishes and varying the way in which they are normally cooked is always a plus in my tummy! LOL. Thanks again for sharing and have a spectacular night!

  9. jesusnowand4

    I have to share with you that I went out and got the ingredients for this and made it! Oh my word!!! I will be making this many times over!!! It is delicious!!! I will share this with everyone!!! Thank you!!!!

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