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Nate Cooks » Autumnal Fest: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Couscous and Apple Sausage

Autumnal Fest: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Couscous and Apple Sausage


Let me tell you a little story.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s fall, which means it’s time for more winter squash than you ever could know what to do with ever. And even though we knew that, Scott and I went to the Greenmarket last weekend anyway. Completely unsurprisingly, some acorn squash called out to us, like sirens from the deep. They said:

“Oh Nate and Scott, look at us! We’re green and cute and squash and you want to eat us immediately! Buy us now!”

And um, how could we resist that?

So, of course, we bought one. And it was small and cute, but we weren’t quite sure what to do with it yet, so it sat on our counter for a couple days.




UNTIL! I came across this recipe on the sassy blog “The Other Side of 50.” I didn’t have quinoa, but I had some couscous and some apple sausages lying around. Inspiration struck and I thought that stuffing the squash with the couscous and sausage would be amazing.

And it was quite delightful. Check it:

1 Acorn Squash $2.49
1 teaspoon olive oil $6.99
1 diced shallot (diced) $0.99
1 rib celery (chopped) $2.49
1/3 cup apple cider $2.99
2/3 cup chicken stock $3.49
1/2 teaspoon sage $1.69
1/4 teaspoon curry powder $0.89
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg $0.99
3/4 cup couscous $2.39
1/4 cup dried cranberries $6.99
2 links apple chicken sausage cooked and chopped $3.99

Total for 3 servings $36.38, or $12.13 per serving.


Cut the squash in half and scoop out all the seeds and spongy material. Now if you’re feeling fancy and have some time, you can roast them in the oven, cut side down for about an hour at 400 degrees, or until they’re soft. I was dealing with a hungry boyfriend, and a Tuesday night.

So I threw that bad boy in the microwave. Yeah, that’s right, you read correctly. MICROWAVE.


All you do is put it, cut side down, in a dish, and fill it up with some water. Poke the top with a fork so it doesn’t explode all over the inside of your microwave and nuke it until it’s soft – maybe about 10 minutes or so.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and sauté for a couple minutes. Add the celery and sauté for another couple minutes.

Then add the broth, sage, curry, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then add the couscous, cranberries and sausage. Cover, and let the couscous absorb the water – about five minutes or so.


Once the squash is done, put it in a baking dish, cut side up. Fill the cavity of the squash with the couscous mixture and toss the whole thing in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes to brown it up.


  • By Jenni, January 3, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    Looks yum. I have some lonely butternut squash waiting to be turned into soup, but I’m liking this idea, too:)

    Question: when you price out your recipes, do you price them by the ounce? I can’t believe that 1/4 cup of cranberries cost $7, unless they’re that special gold plated kind;)

    I think your meals are probably much more economical than your math suggests. I used to price out recipes for the restaurant, per serving, so I had to know how much 1 oz of sugar cost–talk about dividing up a 50-lb bag!


    Nate Reply:

    Actually, I only buy platinum coated cranberries. :)

    On a more serious level, I’ve been thinking about that. My idea has been to price it out as if you had to purchase every single ingredient, but it does really inflate the prices. I’m not sure if it’s really working as a concept long-term though. I’m debating ditching it, or redoing the concept similar to how you were saying. Thoughts?


  • By BitPlanet, February 7, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    Всем трудно…


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  • By Свободный, February 11, 2010 @ 2:08 am

    Не знаю как остальным, а мне понравилось.


  • By Детектор, February 11, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    “Очень хороший”


  • By Apple, February 13, 2010 @ 3:31 am

    Большое спасибо! Есть ещё повод получить удовольствие… С вашего разрешения, беру.


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  • By Apple, February 18, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    И мне понравилось…


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