Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe is a meal-in-one dish. I love acorn squash, and was happy to find another way to use it in cooking. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place squash, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Roast until soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside four of the halves. Scoop flesh of the remaining two halves into a medium bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, place potato in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cook until tender when pierced with a paring knife, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain; add potato to bowl with squash and mash with a fork until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Melt remaining tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add celery and garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add beef and oregano, and season with salt and pepper; continue cooking, breaking up beef with a wooden spoon until well browned, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  5. Fill each reserved squash half with about 1/2 cup beef mixture; place in a baking dish. Top each half with about 1/3 cup potato mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake until mixture is heated through and tops just begin to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for about 5 minutes, and then serve.
Most Helpful

This came out so well! It's an impressive little dish to serve for a dinner party because the presentation in the acorn squash half looks very nice. I left out the celery and used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I also used a can of diced tomatoes and tomato paste with balsamic vinegar and oregano instead of a jar of pasta sauce. Added extra garlic because extra garlic is always better! Seriously, it came out delish!

martsmarts July 03, 2013

Delicious. I will add more garlic and oregano next time and perhaps substitute the oregano with dill. Lots of possibilities.

Karen Robinson March 21, 2008