Having a good, simple, and easy roasted acorn squash recipe is essential for this time of year! It’s great for cozy autumn meals (hello, Quinoa & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash) and loaded with nutrition. Does it get any better than that?
Today, I’m sharing my go-to recipe for how to roast acorn squash. It’s easy to make and SO yummy! With only a few ingredients, this method is perfect for making roasted acorn squash in a no-fuss way.
Related: Easy Roasted Pumpkin Recipe
What you need
You only need a few items to make the BEST ever roasted acorn squash:
Acorn squash – Acorn squash bought from the store is typically ripe and ready to eat. However, you can also tell when acorn squash is ripe by looking at its skin. It should be dark green or a mix of dark green and orange!
A great knife – This is essential for being able to cut the acorn squash in half. A great chef’s knife is perfect for this task!
Olive oil – Don’t have olive oil on hand? Feel free to use avocado oil, coconut oil, or butter!
Salt/pepper – Salt and pepper are essential, but you can take this recipe up a notch by adding paprika, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, or even a little maple syrup!
Baking sheet – Use a baking sheet or a roasting pan to roast acorn squash.
Tip: If you’re planning on making stuffed acorn squash, be sure to choose medium to large sized squash and that they are all even in size!
How to roast acorn squash in 6 easy steps
Roasted acorn squash is actually super easy to make! Here’s how to roast an acorn squash:
1. Cut the acorn squash into halves (see tips on cutting an acorn squash below) and remove the seeds.
2. Drizzle the flesh side of the squash with olive oil.
3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Flip over and place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Roast at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes (or until tender).
6. Flip the squash back over and enjoy!
How to cut an acorn squash
Starting right below the stem, insert the knife and cut the squash down to the tip. Continue cutting through the other side, back up to the stem. Using your hands, pull the squash apart until the stem breaks off to one side!
What to pair acorn squash with
- Fluffy Quinoa
- Roasted Asparagus
- Salad topping – this Mediterranean Farro Salad or Green Goodness Chickpea Salad are great options!
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Goat Cheese
- Green Bean Casserole
What to make with roasted acorn squash
- Quinoa & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash
- One-Skillet Chicken, Acorn Squash, and Arugula
- Roasted Pumpkin Salad (substitute pumpkin with acorn squash)
What will you make or pair with this roasted acorn squash recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
How To Roast Acorn Squash
- 3 medium acorn squash
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 tsp pepper (or to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut the squash into halves and remove the seeds.
- Brush the flesh side with the olive oil.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings on the flesh side.
- Place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
- Serve and enjoy!
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