Roasted Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries


Season: Fall

Inspired Taste

Roast acorn squash in the oven and top with butter, crunchy walnuts and sweet cranberries. It's stunning on the table and a definite crowd-pleaser. The squash itself takes just about an hour--not bad, since there really isn’t much hands-on time required at all.

Other options: Try substituting pecans or almonds for walnuts or use dried blueberries, dried cherries, dried figs or even golden raisins instead of the cranberries. Add a little maple syrup or spice it up with some sriracha or hot sauce.


  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the squash in half and use a spoon to remove all the seeds from the squash then carefully cut each half into 4 wedges.
  3. Place the wedges into a large baking dish then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and brown sugar.
  4. Bake the squash in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until soft and caramelized around the edges.
  5. Remove the squash from the oven. In a small saucepan over medium heat add the butter, walnuts and cranberries; cook until the butter is melted, then sprinkle over the squash. Serve, and enjoy!

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Keywords: winter squash