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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms and Chickpeas

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Chickpeas & Mushrooms

October! I love October on our farm. The days start out crisp and cool, and the afternoon sun brings just enough warmth that we still work up a sweat while out in the fields. Even though the days are quite a bit shorter now, we still have a lot of work to do. It’s harvest time, which means we are busy storing all of our hardier crops like winter squash, potatoes and root veggies for the winter.

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms and ChickpeasOne of my favorite winter vegetables to grow is acorn squash. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and cooks up well in savory dishes as well as desserts. Despite how back-breaking the harvest can be (these guys can get heavy when you grow thousands of them!) it only takes one bite of sweet squash to ease all of the aches and pains. It’s all worth it in the end. If you are considering growing winter squash in your garden next season, I highly recommend it if you don’t grow it already.

Start planning now so you can sow your seeds next spring after the last frost has passed. Winter squash prefers warm temperatures with fertile, well-drained soil. It needs plenty of water and sun and, depending on your climate, you’ll need to grow varieties that do well in your area. I always recommend checking with local farmers or gardeners before purchasing seeds. Once your squash is ready for harvest you can whip up simple meals like these mushroom and chickpea-stuffed acorn squash. Food like this makes me so happy for autumn I can hardly contain myself.


Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms and Chickpeas

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Chickpeas & Mushrooms

A sweet-and-savory main course featuring a hearty fall favorite, farm-fresh acorn squash.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 2 medium acorn squash, sliced in half and seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for seasoning the filling
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus extra for seasoning the filling
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cups mixed mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas or 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, cut into strips


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the cut sides of the squash halves and sprinkle each with salt and pepper. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until fork tender, 35-45 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your squash).
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid and the liquid evaporates, about 8 minutes. Stir in chickpeas, tamari and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes more, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Remove the squash from the oven and switch your oven to the broil setting. Divide the chickpea mixture between the squash halves and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place under the broiler until golden, about 2 minutes. Divide the fresh sage onto each squash half and serve.


You may end up with leftover filling. It will last up to 5 days in your fridge and tastes great over quinoa, rice or just by the spoonful!


  • Serving Size: 1 squash half

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  • Reply
    Millie | Add A Little
    October 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This looks so delicious – perfect for a vegetarian thanksgiving!

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      October 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Totally great for a veggie friendly Thanksgiving! Enjoy.

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    Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    October 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    yum mushroom stuffing is so good. I really enjoy acorn squash with savory stuffing. And this would be great over quinoa as you said!! Thanks for sharing

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    October 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I love acorn squash. And I’m always down for when you get the eat the bowl of your food! This looks delicious and perfect for fall!

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      October 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      cheers to eating the bowl!!!

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    Rachel Carr
    October 6, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Definitely vegan Thanksgiving material!

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    October 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    My MIL is growing winter squash in her garden for the first time ever this year and I can’t wait to try it! I am going to pass along this stuffing recipe to her the next time she asks me what she should do with it. 🙂

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      October 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Woohoo! I hope she enjoys the recipe as much as we do!

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    Gail {A Healthy Hunger}
    October 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Loving the Fall rustic flavors. Gorgeous recipe!

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    October 9, 2014 at 4:21 am

    I’ve only cooked acorn squash once because I’m usually intimated by it but I will definitely have to change that this year. I’m loving the sound of it with the mushroom and sage too! If someone made this for me on Turkey Day, I’d be over the moon with excitement. 🙂

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    October 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I made this tonight and it was excellent! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

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      October 21, 2014 at 12:54 am

      I’m so glad you loved this as much as we did!!! Thanks for the lovely comment!

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    Sweetbay Vegerie
    October 31, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Love this idea! I swapped out the chickpeas for black beans, Mexican spices, and avocado and it turned out to be a great alternative. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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    November 6, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Thank you so much for this delucious recipe! I made it yesterday and even my husband loved it! I did add 2 cloves of garlic and sesamoil . YUMMIEEEEE

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    October 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my gosh. That was DELICIOUS! I used shiitake mushrooms (I’m generally not a mushroom lover) and they were really tasty in this! Thanks for the recipe, will definitely be making this again.

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