Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash With Beef and Tomatoes

This baked stuffed squash is a delicious alternative to sweetened squash and easy to prepare. The beef is lightly seasoned with tomatoes and a hint of cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, round or chuck
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Line a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan with foil; lightly grease the foil or spray with nonstick olive oil or cooking spray. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Spray the cut sides with olive oil spray or nonstick cooking spray and place, cut-side down, on the foil. Add about 1/2 inch of water to the pan then cover with foil. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until tender.

  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the ground beef with bell pepper and onion, stirring, until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Drain and discard excess drippings. Add pepper, salt, tomatoes, parsley, and cinnamon, if using. Cook, stirring, until hot and bubbly.

  4. Scoop the ground beef and tomato mixture into the squash shells. Arrange the stuffed squash in the baking pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until hot.