16 Paleo Acorn Squash Soups, Meals and Sides

By Jess

Acorn squash is one of my favorite winter squashes. It’s sweet without being super sweet, cooks up extra soft, and has a flavor that’s lovely and slightly nutty but also mild enough to get along well with other flavors. If only it was easier to cut! Once you’ve broken into it, though, give any of these paleo acorn squash recipes a try and fall in love.

When acorn squash is in season I’m buying them up at the farmer’s market and using them in one of these acorn squash recipes.

1. Acorn Squash and Kale Soup
This light but filling soup is made with onion, carrots, garlic, beautiful golden acorn squash, fresh thyme, lemon, kale, and red pepper flakes. You’ll also use chicken broth, and if you use homemade bone broth, you’ll be doubling the nutritional benefits of this soup.

Photo: The Healthy Family And Home

2. Acorn Squash Rings With Walnuts and Dried Apricots
These super healthy stuffed squash rings will please all of your friends and family, from paleo to vegan and beyond. Yummy and protein-rich walnuts blend with garam masala and chewy, sweet dried apricots. Ready in just 30 minutes, too!

3. Almond and Herb Crusted Acorn Squash With Sriracha Cashew Aioli
This recipe is a perfect appetizer for guests, or even a main dish for a delicious lunch. The squash strips are coasted with olive oil, almond meal, and herbs like thyme and oregano. So perfect with a creamy sriracha cashew sauce with added nutritional yeast!

4. Chard Stuffed Acorn Squash With Za’atar and Tahini
Well seasoned with za’atar seasoning and stuffed with a savory mixture of red onion, garlic, tomato paste, chard, and pistachios, these stuffed squash halves make a great vegetarian dinner dish or even a Thanksgiving feature! Drizzle with homemade tahini sauce.

5. Bacon and Sage Roasted Winter Squash Seeds
Whenever have winter squash at our house, we always save the seeds and roast them up with different seasonings. They’re like nature’s bonus snack with every nutritious squash dinner! Add bacon and sage, and these babies are sure to steal the show.

Photo: The Sprouting Seed

6. Sweet Potato Hash in Maple Glazed Acorn Squash
This sweet potato hash is absolutely pakced with flavors from the coconut oil or butter to the bacon, apple, chives, celery, cranberries, pecans, cinnamon, and more. What’s better is that it’s served in an acorn squash roasted with butter and grade B maple syrup!

7. Smoky and Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash Soup
This soup is also suitable for a variety of different diets, and has an amazing flavor from liquid smoke, chili peppers, garlic, and smoked paprika. For the nondairy milk, you could use either almond or coconut, depending on the flavor you’re going for. Coconut will be richer, and almond more neutral.

8. Autumn Squash Breakfast Cups
This is one of my all-time favorite acorn squash recipes. These squash cups makes a perfectly delicious and hearty breakfast that’s a bit sweet, a bit salty, plenty savory, and very nourishing with eggs, bacon, grass-bed butter, pure maple syrup, and vitamin-rich squash.

9. Cranberry and Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash
This acorn squash is served in rings with a seasoned mixture of ground beef, sea salt, black pepper, caraway, garlic, fresh rosemary, and dried unsweetened cranberries. One to three of these would make a lovely dinner, depending on how hungry you are.

Photo: 24 Carrot Life

10. Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
One of the beautiful things about acorn squash is that you can serve it stuffed, and it becomes a completely different dish depending on what you stuff it with. This cauliflower rice filling is seasoned with salt and pepper and mixed with sweet onion, kale, and cranberries.

11. Roasted Acorn Squash With Chermoula Sauce
This squash is a simple and flavorful side dish roasted with cumin and served with a beautiful chermoula sauce, made from fresh parsley, cilantro, sea salt, cumin, coriander, garlic, and cayenne. Feel free to increase or decrease the cayenne to your liking.

12. Maple and Curry Acorn Squash
These squash slices are roasted with maple syrup and curry seasoning for a sweet and savory flavor that you’re likely to find pretty addictive, if my personal experience counts for anything. So tasty, and kid-friendly, too!

13. Easy Roasted Acorn Squash
While this squash is sweeter than many may prefer their dinners, it could be a good introduction to squash for children. Just replace the brown sugar with coconut sugar (you could use either butter or ghee) and watch the squash caramelize. It’s super tasty!

Photo: Cavewoman Cafe

14. Stuffed Acorn Squash With Sausage and Eggs
This squash is full with a breakfast-worthy mixture of eggs, sausage, kale, coconut milk, fresh rosemary, apple, pecans, onion, and garlic. The goat cheddar topping is delicious, but optional, so leave it off if you wish.

15. Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Acorn Squash
This versatile side dish can be served with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and has a flavor that’s nothing short of irresistible. Brussels sprouts, pecans, dates, and acorn squash combine with fresh rosemary, Dijon mustard, garlic, cinnamon, chili flakes, and other flavors. Wow.

16. Veggie Stuffed Acorn Squash
This acorn squash is stuffed with yellow onion, cauliflower, celery, fresh thyme, pecans, plumped raisins, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. They’re easy to make, but full of flavor. You’ll never want to give up roasted your squash with honey and ghee.


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