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Vegetarian lentil stuffed acorn squash

Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash

These Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash boats are vegetarian and gluten-free. Recipe yields enough for a main course for 2 or a side dish for 4.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 393kcal


  • 2 acorn squash stem removed, sliced in half, and deseeded
  • 1 cup lentils sorted and rinsed
  • 3 cups water or vegetable stock to cook lentils
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup feta more to taste
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage chopped (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove stems from the squashes and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds.
  • Brush the cut side of each squash half with a little bit of olive oil. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with oil. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until tender.
  • While the squash is roasting, prepare the stuffing. Bring lentils and water (or stock) to a boil in a small saucepan, then cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until tender. Drain excess water. In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and saute for 3-5 minutes until tender.
  • Combine lentils, onion, and garlic in a small bowl. Add feta and dried cranberries. Mix until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fill each acorn squash with stuffing. Top with chopped fresh sage if desired. Serve warm and enjoy!


Prep ahead: You can make this for a holiday dinner by preparing the filling ahead of time, storing in the fridge, and reheating later. You can also slice and prepare the squash in advance, and pop them in the oven later when you are ready to roast them.
Make vegan: Remove the feta cheese to make these vegan.
Storage: These are best consumed immediately after making, but leftovers can be stored for 1-2 days in an airtight container in the fridge.


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 1328mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 889IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 6mg