Baked and stuffed acorn squash

    1 hour

    This is a Moroccan inspired dish. Acorn squash is baked until tender, then stuffed with a mix of couscous, chickpeas, raisins, celery and carrots. Feel free to experiment with the vegetables of your choice or even add chicken.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 tablespoon melted butter
    • 2 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 2 sticks celery, chopped
    • 2 carrots, chopped
    • 240g tinned chickpeas, drained
    • 80g raisins
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 400ml chicken stock
    • 175g couscous

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Arrange squash halves cut side down on a baking tray. Bake 30 minutes or until tender. Dissolve the sugar in the melted butter. Brush squash with the butter mixture, and keep squash warm while preparing the stuffing.
    3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, celery and carrots and cook 5 minutes. Mix in the chickpeas and raisins. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper and continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
    4. Pour the chicken stock into the frying pan and mix in the couscous. Cover frying pan and turn off heat. Allow couscous to absorb liquid for 5 minutes. Stuff squash halves with the frying pan mixture to serve.

    Cook's note

    This dish can be made vegetarian if you use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

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    Wow, this was great! I didn't think I would like the raisins, but they were perfect. Smells much spicier than it is. I think the spice level is just right. Five stars.  -  30 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe! My MIL does not like celery, so I added some Granny Smith apple and a little red onion instead. I used low sodium broth and just a pinch of salt which ended up being much too little. This was so easy to make. The cous cous is just as great on its own as with the squash.  -  17 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great and very easy recipe. One of the best that I have found for couscous. I cook the acorn or butternut squash in the microwave for about 8-9 minutes which is a real time saver. If you are saving calories use diet pancake syrup instead of brown sugar and melted butter.  -  05 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)