Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash With Curried Ground Turkey

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by Fig Jar
4 servings
55 min

This Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash comes together so easily but feels like a special meal. Plus eating out of your own acorn squash bowl is just so fun!

When it comes to squashes that can just as easily lean sweet as they do savory, I’m almost always going to go for savory. So here we are with this fun, easy, super tasty savory stuffed acorn squash. Acorn squash has a natural sweetness of its own and it pairs perfectly with this curried turkey filling. I love sweet/spicy/savory flavor combinations. This is a great recipe– it’s easy but looks impressive, requires just 10 ingredients but is big on flavor. All wins as far as I’m concerned. Let’s make it!


Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash with Curried Ground Turkey

  • Acorn squash
  • Ground turkey
  • Oil
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Curry powder
  • Coconut milk
  • Lime juice
  • Parsley or cilantro (optional)

How to make it

Roast the acorn squash

Roasting acorn squash is simple. Cut each squash in half, cross-wise, then evenly coat with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

I place the squash cut side down to get those golden brown edges.

Cook the turkey

While the acorn squash roasts, cook that tasty curried turkey! Start by sautéing peppers and onions and enjoy that amazing smell!

Then in goes the garlic and ginger for just a second, add a tbsp of water to help with any stickage to the pan and to steam the veggies a touch.

Next add the ground turkey and use a wooden spoon to break it up and incorporate with the veggies.

Add the curry powder, salt, pepper and cook until the turkey is just about done.

Here is where the magic happens, add the coconut milk and lime, bring to a gentle simmer and voila! You will have a delicious, slightly creamy, bursting with flavor filling for the acorn squash that should be ready to come out of the oven any minute.

Fill the squash halves with the turkey mixture, top with fresh parsley (cilantro works too) and enjoy! And I really think you will!

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Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash With Curried Ground Turkey
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 55 min
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Roasted Acorn Squash
  • 2 whole acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (2-3 cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp curry powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • juice from 1 lime
  • fresh chopped parsley for topping optional
Acorn Squash
Preheat oven to 400.
Cut acorn squash in half cross-wise, scoop out and discard seeds. Rub each half with oil (olive, avocado or canola), sprinkle each half with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until tender. 30-35 minutes.
In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add grated ginger, garlic, 1 tbsp water and stir, then add the ground turkey. Break up the turkey with a wooden spoon and mix with the veggies. Add curry powder, 1 tsp of salt and another few pinches of pepper.
When turkey is just about cooked through, add coconut milk and lime juice. Turn the heat up just a touch and bring it to a simmer and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
Remove acorn squash halves and transfer to plates or serving dish. Fill each with ground turkey mixture. Top with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
  • Substitutions
  • If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use olive, avocado or canola in the turkey mixture.
  • Cilantro would be good on top if you don’t have parsley.
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  • Mary Ellen Mary Ellen on Nov 16, 2021

    Thank You! I can’t wait to try this!

    • Mary Ellen Mary Ellen on Nov 16, 2021

      Many years ago I made a stuffed squash recipe, & I can’t believe that I didn’t figure out how cute the ruffled edges look on the bowl!! I always cut it the other way; dah!

  • Lori Conrad Lori Conrad on Dec 04, 2022

    What can I use if I don't have coconut milk? Or is this essential to the flavor?