Let’s face it, roasting halves of squash in the oven takes forever.
Of all the squash in the world, Acorn is my favourite. It’s not too starchy, it’s nice and sweet, and I like the slightly stringy texture compared to the also delicious butternut.
They all have their strengths! When I want to make soup, butternut wins pretty much every time. Here’s a link to a lovely butternut soup recipe from Sam’s Dinner Diary.
For the purpose of diving into a half squash with a giant spoon, I have absolutely no beef with taking a short cut and using the microwave to get it started. Cooking squash this way, and using it as a delivery vessel for any leftovers you might have kicking around the fridge makes for a no-fail weeknight dinner.
In this video, I throw halves of acorn squash in the microwave for a pre-cook, and then stuff them with leftover lentils, bacon & veggies.
Other great options for things to stuff into squash:
Mac and Cheese – whoa
LASAGNA – like literally build a lasagna in the squash.
Sausage and Apple Stuffing – Like this one from the lovely blog – A Calculated Whisk
Really, the options are endless.
What are you stuffing your squash with this winter? Tag me @howtomakedinner in your squash pics on Instagram. I’d love to see!