Bulgur-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash recipes are trending and for good reason, this vegetable is just begging to be stuffed. Here we filled it with hearty bulgur and carrots, but also included dried fruit and citrus to brighten things up.

Bulgur-Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 squash halves plus 3 1/3 cups filling


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 1-1.5 pound acorn squash

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup chopped carrot

  • ½ cup chopped celery

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cup cooked bulgur

  • ¼ cup chopped dried tart red cherries

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 orange

  • ½ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray. Cut squash in half; remove and discard seeds. Place squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet. Roast about 25 minutes or until tender.

  2. In a large saucepan heat oil and butter over medium. Add carrot, celery, and onion; cook and stir about 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in bulgur, cherries, 2 Tbsp. parsley of the, and 1/4 tsp. each of the salt and pepper; heat through.

  3. Meanwhile, remove 2 tsp. zest and squeeze 6 Tbsp. juice from orange. In a small bowl stir together orange zest, hazelnuts, and the remaining 2 Tbsp. parsley.

  4. Turn squash cut sides up. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Fill squash halves with bulgur mixture. Sprinkle hazelnut mixture over stuffed squash and drizzle with orange juice.


Acorn squash are commonly available with a dark green skin, but white, golden, and striped varieties are also available.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
16g Fat
52g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 43.8mg 219%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 1114mg 24%
Folate, total 85.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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