Slow Cooker Monday: Stuffed Acorn Squash

This week’s slow cooker recipe is very simple and easy, but reminded me how good acorn squash can be! The soft, slightly sweet acorn squash pairs well with a splash of maple syrup, crunchy pecans and chewy dried cranberries. Depending on the size of your squash, you can feed 2-4 people (or more if you can fit more than 1 squash in your slow cooker) this delicious side dish from your Crock Pot.

This is a great recipe if your oven is in use cooking a main dish or dessert. Since it can take several hours to cook, you can also get this prepared and out of the way early, which can be especially helpful if you have guests over for dinner.


Stuffed Acorn Squash

Makes 2-4 side dish servings

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • 1/8 C pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1/8 C dried cranberries
  • Pinch of salt

Cut squash in half and remove seeds and stringy pulp from middle. Place cut side up in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and spoon into center of each half. Cook for 5-6 hours on low or until squash is tender.

10 Comments on Slow Cooker Monday: Stuffed Acorn Squash

  1. Bianca
    March 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm (11 years ago)

    Photographs are awesome… what a nice thing to come home to after a long Monday!! YUM!

  2. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    March 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm (11 years ago)

    What a great and creative side dish! My husband and I, as well as my vegetarian parents, would go crazy for this. I’ll have to try it for them sometime. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sandra
    March 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm (11 years ago)

    it looks more like a dessert.

  4. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time
    March 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm (11 years ago)

    Wow. What an epiphany. I LOVE this idea. One of the main reasons I don’t make more acorn squash is that I don’t want to take up the oven for it when I usually need to make the meat in there. This is perfect. I love it!

    It may LOOK like a dessert, but it is so not one. 🙂
    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time recently posted Käsekuchen- German Cheesecake

  5. Lindsay
    March 15, 2011 at 8:10 am (11 years ago)

    I love roasted squash, but have never thought to put it in my slow cooker. Great idea!
    Lindsay recently posted Thank You!

  6. elaine
    November 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm (10 years ago)

    I do my squash in the microwave…..slice in half, clean out the seeds and stuff. Put upside down in deep dish with about 1/2 water and put in microwave for about 20 minutes. Just cover with saran wrap and leave one corner open while cooking. It does the trick….then you add the fillings.

  7. Jes
    November 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm (9 years ago)

    I am addicted to acorn squash. Got to requested it for my birthday dinner when young. Now fix it for myself.
    Suggest microwave about 5 minutes before halving. Makes cutting safer. Think I’ll try slow cooker about 2 hours with water,cut side up, then drain, flip and fill. Looks so good.


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