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Fall Favorites – Classic Baked Acorn Squash Recipe

One of the best ways to eat when feeding a larger family is to cook by season. It saves money and you’ll get to mix it up with seasonal favorites. I love squash, all kinds, any kinds. My kids do too because it’s one of those foods you can go any way with. My kiddos think it’s a sweet treat and as a mom it’s one of the easiest things to make.

I was able to score acorn squash at 50 cents a piece, that’s feeding my family a veggie that’s full of great nutrition for just one dollar! That’s exactly why I love buying in season, you save a ton and your veggies are always changing up!

Classic Baked Acorn Squash Recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
  • 1 Acorn squash
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
  • Dash of Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Using a strong chef’s knife, and perhaps a rubber mallet to help, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan so that the skins don’t burn and the squash doesn’t get dried out.
  3. Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a dash of salt if you are using unsalted butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.
  4. Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned. Do not undercook. When finished, remove from oven and let cool a little before serving. Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas.


  1. Jennifer Marie on November 28, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I would have never thought of this on my own-thanks!

  2. Elena on November 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Looks very delicious! And healthy too.

  3. Janet W. on October 25, 2011 at 6:34 am

    This looks so good! I love another healthy idea for my grandson!!