Quinoa & Pistachio Stuffed Acorn Squash Print Recipe Print Recipe


First time I ever ate an acorn squash.

I was surprised, it took me a little more than a few bites in to realize I was in love.

Maybe it was the texture. I can’t be sure.



Mom and I were sitting in Hawaii when we started talking about this stuffed acorn squash recipe in a magazine, which we had both picked up.

We are so the same person it’s not even funny.

Obviously we had to make it.



Mom and I are the only squash eaters in the family, but EVERYONE enjoyed the “stuffing”.

If you’re entertaining this season, this is a great vegetarian dish [also gluten-free] and if you serve the feta cheese on the side, those with dairy allergies may still enjoy.



The quinoa recipe below will give you a large enough quantity to either. . .

  1. stuff a few more squashes,
  2. in a bowl with a spoon
  3. with roasted sweet potatoes
  4. or add protein and enjoy over a green salad


Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Pistachios

PRINT Recipe

[adapted from Whole Living Magazine]


  • 2 small acorn squashes, halved and seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa – I did 1/2 cup regular + 1/2 cup red
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, salted – chopped
  • 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • Optional: pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Optional: 1/4-1/2 cup feta, crumbled


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil; set aside.

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the four halves and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Lay cut side down on the prepared baking sheet and bake until tender and caramelized around the edges, about 15 minutes.

To prepare the quinoa, bring 1 1/2 cups of water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, cover until the water is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and fluff with a fork.

Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and mix in parsley, pistachios, red wine vinegar, the remaining 2 tablespoon of olive oil and feta – optional [or serve on the side]. Season with salt + pepper to taste, sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

Season squash with salt + pepper before dividing the quinoa mixture among the four halves.


*gluten-free *dairy-free, optional

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  • http://glizglamgranola.com Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    This looks absolutely delicious!! I have been looking for a GF, DF dish that I could make for Christmas and this looks perfect! Can’t wait to try it out!

  • http://www.bevcooks.com Bev Weidner

    Or pour the entire thing down my throat via funnel.


  • http://www.CarlenesFigments.wordpress.com Carlene @ Carlene’s Figments

    I love the creamy depth of winter squashes after baking them! The quinoa is a nice light counter balance-great thought.

  • http://www.jeanetteshealthyliving.com Jeanette

    I just love the presentation – acorn squash make the perfect bowl for grains and pilafs. Beautiful!

  • http://insearchof-millerb.blogspot.com/ Beth

    How would I do this with the sweet potatoes? Dice the sweet potatoes and mix them in?

  • http://laurajanelli.posterous.com Laura Janelli

    Love Squash!
    Love Quinoa!
    Love Pistachios!

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/ marla

    Any time of year this is the perfect recipe. Love acorn squash & quinoa. Always 🙂

  • http://www.knapkins.com Christine

    Hey Lisa, your Stuffed Squash is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://www.knapkins.com/guess_games/1095?source=blog

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This sounds so yummy! Love this!

  • http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Beautiful! I love stuffed squash!

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Maria

    Love everything about this recipe!

  • http://ingredientsinc.net Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    yum! love this one!

  • http://www.perrysplate.com Natalie

    I have to agree with Bev. Funnel is the only way to go with this one.

  • http://iammommy.net Amanda

    You make good food look SO amazing!!! Beautiful recipe girl!

  • Jessica

    Made this for dinner last night, LOVED it. I added in some dried cranberries as well- fantastic!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  • dana

    This was super easy and super yummy! I LOVED the quinoa and could easily see this as a staple on its own. GREAT RECIPE