I’m ALL about yummy, fall inspired recipes during this time of the year. Pumpkin muffins, sweet potato soup, pecan pancakes, I’m here for it! There’s nothing like finding a recipe that becomes your go-to and brings out the best of autumn flavors. Especially when it’s comforting and works as both a main or side dish!
This delicious Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is unique and perfect for celebrating the season! Made with Skinner® Pasta, this fun twist on regular mac and cheese is shaking up the norm. It’s a recipe you’ll want to make again and again!
I love that I can find all of my favorite Skinner® Pasta products at Walmart. With the holidays approaching, I’ll be using their Online Pickup & Delivery service more than ever so that I can make sure I’m stocked up for all the delicious meals. Be sure to add Skinner to your next Online Pickup & Delivery order HERE.
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Here’s what you need
This recipe may be fun and unique in flavor, but (thankfully) the ingredients are simple and easy to find. Here’s what you need for making Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash:
Skinner Large Elbows – The best of the best! Being from the south, Skinner pasta has been a staple in my life for years. I’m loving these elbows for creative, fun, and comforting recipes like this one!
Acorn Squash – Perfect for cutting into halves, roasting, and stuffing with yummy mac and cheese!
Ground Turkey – I used ground turkey in this recipe. However, feel free to substitute with turkey sausage, ground beef, or pork sausage!
Garlic – The flavors of fresh garlic add so much to this mac and cheese! Don’t have fresh garlic on hand? Garlic powder works great, too.
Sage – There’s nothing like fresh sage to take this recipe to the next level. SO good! Ground sage is also a great option.
Milk – I used 2% milk in this recipe. However, unsweetened almond or oat milk work great as well!
Cheddar Cheese – Comfort food and cheddar cheese go hand in hand. Perfect for this unique twist on classic mac and cheese!
Parmesan – A sprinkle of parmesan cheese on each stuffed acorn squash adds so much. However, feel free to omit if necessary!
How to make Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash
Make your own fun twist on classic mac and cheese with Skinner pasta! I buy mine at Walmart and love that it’s so easy to find and use. Perfect for delicious fall recipes like this Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash!
Here’s how to make this Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe:
1. Roast the acorn squash.
2. Cook the pasta.
3. Cook the ground turkey, shallots, garlic, and sage.
4. Add in flour and milk to create a sauce.
5. Add pasta and cheese to create the mac and cheese.
6. Stuff each acorn squash half with mac and cheese, then top with parmesan and bake!
More fall inspired recipes for dinner
- Roasted Pumpkin Salad
- Quinoa & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
- Spicy Southwest Butternut Squash Casserole
Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash
- 1 cup Skinner® Large Elbows
- 3 medium acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 8 oz. ground turkey
- 3 medium shallots, thinkly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh sage, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Halve and seed squash, then brush flesh side with oil.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake cut side down for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet set over medium heat.
- Cook turkey, shallots, garlic and sage for 5 to 8 minutes or until starts to brown.
- Sprinkle in flour, then continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth.
- Slowly whisk in milk and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low.
- Cook, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
- Stir in salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat to low and stir in cheddar cheese until melted.
- Toss in pasta and pasta water.
- Spoon mac and cheese into centre of each roasted squash half.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350˚F.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.