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Food Market Recipe: Perfect Roasted Acorn Squash

This month, necessity is the mother of recipe selection. :)  In mid-November, our Lincoln CSS Food Market was gifted 126 pounds of homegrown acorn squash! To help our clients use this bountiful gift in the most delicious way possible, our Food Market Program Manager Doris Schueth researched and found this wonderfully simple roast acorn squash recipe from When prepared properly, acorn squash can be a nutritious and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving Day meal!



Perfect Roasted Acorn Squash






  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  2. To prepare the squash, use a sharp chef’s knife to slice through it from the tip to the stem. I find it easiest to pierce the squash in the center along a depression line, then cut through the tip, and finish by slicing through the top portion just next to the stem. Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy bits inside, and discard those pieces.
  3. Place the squash halves cut side up on the parchment-lined pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the squash, and sprinkle with the salt. Rub the oil into the cut sides of the squash, then turn them over so the cut sides are against the pan.
  4. Bake until the squash flesh is very easily pierced through by a fork, about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. Add any desired toppings, and serve warm.
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