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Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

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If you need a delicious winter side dish, preparing a parmesan roasted acorn squash is just the simple recipe you need.

A simple baked acorn squash recipe for fall, squash made this way can also be blended into soup, casseroles, salad recipes, baby food, or seasoned in favorite flavors.

oven roasted acorn squash on a sheet pan.

Why you will love baking this winter side dish!

Sweet or Savory – Acorn squash is one roasted vegetable that can be made sweet with brown sugar or savory (as shown) with herbs and spices.

This good-for-you dish is a fall side dish delight and is so easy that you won’t be intimidated by roasted squash recipes ever again. 

Comforting and perfect side dish – Perfect as a holiday table side, this stunning and healthy dish is the right amount of savory and smooth.

Alongside oven-roasted turkey or a simple weeknight chicken breast recipe, the nutty flavor of squash halves is impressively versatile on the dinner table plate.

bite of acorn as winter side dish recipes.

 Ingredients

  • acorn squash – washed
  • olive oil
  • sprigs fresh thyme
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • sprinkle of salt and black pepper

How to make Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash the outside of the squash. Slice squash in half and scoop out and discard seeds. Slice squash into 1/2″ squash slices and place into a mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle squash with olive oil and mix to coat evenly.
  4. Remove leaves from thyme by holding on to the uncut end and sliding your fingers between the stem.
  5. Leaves should slide right off. Sprinkle on squash flesh.
acorn squash being cut into slices for oven baking.
  1. Sprinkle squash with half of the parmesan and mix well to evenly coat
  2. Place squash in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper.  
  3. Roast squash in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Serve acorn squash hot. 
parmesan acorn squash recipe with slices.

What is acorn squash?

Acorn squash is a beautiful fall vegetable used for decorations to recipes! Its also considered a winter squash, and you can use it in many amazing recipes, from casseroles to vegetable salads. 

Acorn squash (like most vegetable recipes) are good for you! They contain lots of fiber and vitamins, which are part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. 

When you pick out a green acorn squash at the store, it should be firm without bruising or softness. 

acorn squash on a cutting board.

Recipe Tips

If the acorn squash is hard to cut, poke some holes with a fork and microwave for about 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to over microwave the gourd and begin to cook the inside of it!

You do not need to peel the rind before roasting.

You can eat the skin, it’s soft and not chewy or anything if you’d like, or you can cut it off when you eat it.

Other awesome flavors that go well with the soft flesh of acorn squash are balsamic, soft cheeses like feta and goat cheese, or a drizzle of brown sugar and syrup. There really is no wrong way to season a squash. 

acorn squash with Parmesan cheese.

Squash Side Dish Recipes

The acorn squash is just one vegetable in a huge line of gourds. The most popular, of course is spaghetti squash boats, but let’s not forget about amazing seasonal pumpkin

Here are several winter and fall friendly dishes to get making this year. 

How to make Oven Baked Spaghetti Squash – Stringly spaghetti squash is just as fun to scoop out as it is to your tastebuds. 

Summer Squash Casserole – Prep on this vibrant and beautiful dish is bitter longer than some sides but worth the time.

Zucchini Tomato Casserole – Did you know that all zucchini are squash, but not all squash are zucchini? This layered zucchini and tomato casserole is one of our reader’s favorite recipes and consistently gets staggering high ranks. 

How to make Roasted Butternut Squash – This beautiful veggie in a bold yellow makes perfect baby food.

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Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash -How to roast acorn squash with Parmesan Cheese – easy winter side dish for perfectly baked squash.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 fresh acorn squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Slice acorn squash in half and scoop out and discard seeds.
  • Slice squash into 1/2" slices and place into a mixing bowl. 
  • Drizzle squash with olive oil and use a brush to coat evenly.
  • Remove leaves from sprig of thyme by holding to the uncut end and sliding your fingers between the stem. Leaves should slide right off. Sprinkle thyme on squash. 
  • Sprinkle squash with half of the grated Parmesan cheese and mix the spices well.
  • Place squash slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with any remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Season everything with salt and pepper. 
  • Roast acorn squash in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Serve hot. 

Notes

If the acorn squash is hard to cut, poke some holes with a fork and microwave for about 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to over microwave the gourd and begin to cook the inside of it!
You do not need to peel the rind before roasting.
You can eat the skin, it’s soft and not chewy or anything if you’d like, or you can cut it off when you eat it.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5squash | Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 1591mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 2178IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 396mg | Iron: 5mg

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