Primal Sausage-Stuffed Squash Recipe


Stuffed squash with sausage

It’s a dark, wet, gloomy morning here in the mitten. There is no doubt that fall is upon us. The leaves are beginning to change, my garden is (finally! dying, and huge flocks of thousands of birds have been occasionally sweeping through our tree tops.

All this fall-ness makes me want to cook squash.

Last night I put together a delicious stuffed squash dish that I thought I’d share. Not only is this a complete meal in itself, but the whole dish only took me a little over a half hour from start to finish. I think I’ll be making variations on this a lot this fall.

Primal Sausage-Stuffed Squash

If you don’t microwave, you could bake the squash, face down, on a foil-lined baking sheet for 30 minutes before stuffing it and returning it to the oven.

1 acorn squash (or 2 smaller squash

lb fresh sausage

medium onion, chopped

large apple, chopped

2 cups chopped fresh kale

cup chopped pecans

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

Slice the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash in a microwave-safe dish, cover, and microwave for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the sausage (remove from casing if necessary over medium-high heat until about halfway cooked through. Add the onion and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes. When the sausage is nearly done, add the apple and kale.

In a large bowl, beat the egg with the milk. Add the pecans and the sausage mixture.

Place the microwaved squash, hollow-side-up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Fill each squash with the stuffing and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serves 2

23 Responses to “Primal Sausage-Stuffed Squash Recipe”

  1. Dave says:

    Why the milk in this recipe?

  2. shelley says:

    Hi Dave – The milk adds a little moisture so the stuffing doesn’t dry out so much in the oven. You could leave it out or substitute broth or even a little water.

  3. kari says:

    I don’t know about you, but I’m in southeast MI, and it IS incredibly nasty today. this recipe looks amazing though, perfect for a rainy fall day (and i ALMOST bought some sausage today too. oh well, next time!).

  4. Jenny says:

    a butternut squash with garlictumericgingersalt and coconut milk purée shout-out from Valencia, Spain. Fall is definitely in the air:)

  5. Alta says:

    You and I must be feeling the same vibe – I stuffed an acorn squash with sausage, onion, and apple the other day! I also added mushrooms, sage, and celery. I love winter squashes and stuffed squashes – so comforting! And just in case you weren’t aware, the leftovers are great for breakfast. 🙂

  6. Kristen says:

    I love this recipe, too. I like to add dried cranberries.

  7. sharon says:

    How would I cook the squash in the oven? I don’t believe in microwaving my food at all.

  8. shelley says:

    Hi Sharon, You can bake the squash for a half hour, face down, on an oiled/greased baking sheet or piece of foil at 400 degrees. Remove the squash from the oven, stuff, and then return to the oven (face-up this time of course) for 20 more minutes. Hope you like it!

  9. Hi Shelly,
    I just found your site and really love the layout. As a primal eater myself I appreciate finding new and innovative recipes. I really like squash and will certainly be trying this recipe. Your experience is similar to mine in terms of diet experimentation. Thanks for finding time to spread the primal message while raising two young children. I will be coming back soon!

  10. Sorry “Shelley”. I teach children, but am still learning how to READ!
    – Jordan

  11. Ryan says:

    Hi Shelley,

    I literally just finished eating this for supper (and we had your apple popovers for breakfast too). It was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again… maybe even have some friends over to introduce them to eating primally! Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for your cookbook.

  12. Robb says:

    Had to try this one, I love squash. added chopped garlic, mushrooms and basil to mine.


  13. Grok says:

    I’m really going to have to stop snooping around here. This stuff looks wicked good.

  14. JQBancroft says:

    I had some cooked spaghetti squash in the fridge and ended up not doing my original plans with it, so after looking at this I cooked some sausage, onion, and apple in a skillet and placed it over the heated squash. YUMMY! I’m looking forward to repeating this process 🙂

  15. Michelle says:

    I love your blog and your recipes! I’m all for nuking winter squash — the microwave and SousVide Supreme are two appliances that let me cook my family gets a proper, home cooked meal during the work week! Keep up the good work!

  16. Kim RIffle says:

    WOW! That was fantastic! When does your cookbook come out?? Thanks so much for posting recipes. I am new to paleo and need all the help I can get!

  17. Dana Zia says:

    I made these a few days ago and they were simply smashing! Lovely recipe, one of my new favs. I’ll be doing a post on them and sending folks over to check you out.

  18. Beth says:

    My husband and I have made this twice…the first time I used spinach instead of kale. Both times it was fabulous! Thank you so much for helping us find flavorful meals that are primal too!

  19. Amy says:

    I just made this, and it was FANTASTIC! The filling was enough for an additional squash – will save it for later in the week.

  20. Becky says:

    Mmm… this is good. Making it for the second time tonight. This time I’m going to make it into more of a casserole, so I don’t have to worry about the squash/sausage ratio being exactly right, and because eating the squash out of the skin was kind of a pain.

    I used frozen mustard greens instead of kale, and walnuts instead of pecans.

  21. Laura says:

    This is my new favorite. I added a little blue cheese on top and it is heaven.

  22. Julie says:

    Hi – do you have a recommendation on brand or kind of sausage? so many I find have fillers or other non-paleo things. I want it to be organice, grass-fed.

  23. Ellie says:

    I made this yesterday and it was absolutely delicious! A little goes a long way too!
    Thank you 🙂


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