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Farro, Mushroom, Cranberry & Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Move over turkey!  My Vegan and Vegetarian Acorn Squash recipe will be the star of your Thanksgiving table.


Hi guys!

I wanted to create some fresh new ideas for Thanksgiving this year, including some tasty main dishes that could work well for Vegans and Vegetarians.  I personally am content eating all the sides and calling it a meal, but I know some folks want more of a “star” or main dish on their plates.

Enter my Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash.  It’s actually totally vegan too and is sure to please just about anyone at your table.  This could double as a side dish for everyone else.

I mean…. LOOOOOOKKKKKIE! Don’t they look soooo good.

Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt

So I’m the first to admit, I shy away from dishes like this that may require a bunch of steps, BUT this one is worth it.

The flavors and textures work so well together in the Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash and it’s very filling and hearty for us veg-heads.   The chewy farro, meaty mushroom and crunchy walnuts pair together just perfectly.  And the cranberries give it just enough festivity to make it ideal for the holiday table.

If you are making this for Thanksgiving it’self you could prepare the stuffing ahead of time and then roast and stuff the squash just before meal time.

Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt

Plate the dish with pretty sage leaves for a wonderful presentation or just serve in your buffet.  I’m sure everyone will want a taste of these beauties.

Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt

For those of you who are gluten-free, you can sub a gluten-free grain like quinoa or buckwheat. I like the chewiness of the farro in this, but that’s an easy swap if you do have that dietary restriction.

Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt

And now that I’m thinking about it, this has lots of traditional Thanksgiving flavors but it really would be wonderful anytime in the fall when acorn squash is at it’s peak.

Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt

It’s the kind of dish folks will remember for a long time!  As always, let me know what you think in the comments and enjoy.


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Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt

Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe

This vegan Thanksgiving main course is better than turkey!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Vegan
Cuisine American, Healthy, Holiday
Servings 4 servings
Calories 326 kcal


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces portobello mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • pinch red pepper, optional
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Cut the acorn squash in half. If they are too hard to cut, pierce with a knife and microwave for a minute or two until they are soft enough to work with.
  • Brush the squash with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Place cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the flesh is fork tender. When cooked, remove from the oven and set aside flesh side up.
  • While the squash is cooking, cook the farro according to package instructions subbing the broth for the amount of water it calls for. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • While both of those things are cooking, bring a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Saute the onion in the rest of the olive oil 3-5 minutes or until translucent. Season with a pinch of the salt and pepper.
  • Add the mushrooms, sage, thyme and cook until tender 2-3 minutes. Season with another good pinch of salt and pepper. Add the garlic and allow to cook for only 15 seconds before mixing it in with the rest. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Add the optional pinch of red pepper.
  • Push the mixture to the side and add the walnuts, toasting for just a minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cooked farro and dried cranberries.
  • Stuff the farro mixture into the acorn squash. Pile them high like the photos.
  • Put them back into the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Serve these Stuffed Acorn Squash as a vegan or vegetarian main course or side dish.


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 630mgPotassium: 1095mgFiber: 8gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1041IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 3mg
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By | 2020-06-23T14:43:51-04:00 November 15th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|63 Comments


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  5. Paul @Diet Blog Pro October 24, 2019 at 1:54 am - Reply

    5 stars
    oh Wow great ! all ingredients vegan vegetarian stuffed acorn squash recipe.i made it and share with my friends.

  6. Veronica August 5, 2019 at 7:51 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love the addition of cranberries to this recipe, super healthy and delicious this recipe has it all.

  7. pillsa June 1, 2019 at 8:09 am - Reply

    YUM-O!!! i just love this receipe…. these Farro, Mushroom, Cranberry & Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash look so good.. thanks for sharing the beautiful concept..

  8. Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires October 8, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I had a similar acorn squash at a restaurant recently and found myself craving it and wondering if I could recreate it today.

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    This is so Instagrammable and adorable! Legit speechless, this acorn squash recipe looks unreal!!

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    Definitely your vegan vegetarian stuffed acorn squash recipe is awesomeness! This is a great recipe Julie, as you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely, in fact have made it again since. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Rachel November 21, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I love stuffed acorn squash and I’m getting a little tired of my tried-and-true recipes. Thanks for linking up, especially now that I have something else to stuff my squash with! 🙂

  22. Courtney November 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    I need more acorn squash in my life. This looks absolutely mouthwatering! 🙂

  23. Kimmythevegan November 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Yes, they look good girl! They look amazing! They are so pretty!!! These would make any other Thanksgiving main wither of jealousy 😉 I will definitely try making this. Since I can’t have farro (darned delicious gluten!), I think I would actually love to try this with wild rice.
    Thank you so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays. I’m pinning & sharing (and totally bookmarking for later!). Hope you’re having a great week Julie =)

  24. Always love acorn squash! Thanks for linking up today

  25. Annmarie November 21, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Love stuffed acorn squash! This looks so pretty and delicious!

  26. Farrah November 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I loveeeee stuffed squash! <3! I was planning on doing that next after my stuffed kabocha but I scored a ton of free food yesterday to last me hopefully through next week, so I will likely do it…after that, haha. 😀 This looks amazing! <3

  27. Susanna @Zealous Mom November 17, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

    This looks absolutely scrumptious! I think I will make this over Thanksgiving weekend. With my sis being a vegetarian and me being a health nut, it’s perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Liz November 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    These looks so festive, and delicious of course! I love the sweet and savory taste you can enjoy this time of year with the sweet squash!

  29. Kristy from Southern In Law November 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Ooooh! I am always looking for new side dishes and this looks perfect! Yum!

  30. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition November 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I don’t really mind just eating the sides too much either (many times they’re the most tasty!) but this stuffed acorn squash looks simply beautiful! A perfect main dish for Thanksgiving. 🙂

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mary Ellen! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

  31. Sonali - The Foodie Physician November 16, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    4 stars
    Acorn squash is one of my favorites. And I love that you added cranberries. This would be a perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

  32. Kerri Olkjer November 16, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I LOVE acorn squash. OK, I love all squash. The addition of dried cranberries is brilliant. YUM.

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! I’ve never met a squash I don’t like!

  33. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands November 16, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

    This looks so good and reminds me of a stuffed acorn squash I had at a restaurant this past weekend that was so good I have to recreate it to have it again. Love everything you have packed in there!!

  34. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche November 16, 2016 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Ooh this looks so perfect for Thanksgiving! There’s nothing that feels more decadent than having an entire stuffed veggie all to yourself 😀

  35. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free November 16, 2016 at 12:17 am - Reply

    What a brilliant Thanksgiving recipe idea! It really is a stand alone vegetarian meal or a wonderful side to share. I LOVE that you used farro, too – I have some of that on hand!

  36. Lindsay Cotter November 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    This will be a great side for the holiday table! Looks so delicious!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lindsay! Hope you get a chance to try it!

  37. Blane Sherer November 15, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    They have a nice Holiday look.
    Should be some good choices for folks.

  38. Jenn November 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful dish for the holiday table! I love acorn squash – so good!

  39. Laura November 15, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    This is FALLtastic! Love it! But I have never tried acorn squash (I know I know)!

  40. Choclette November 15, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Like you, I’m happy eating all the sides, but I think I might just be happier with one of these too. They sound wonderful.

  41. heather @Lunging Through Life November 15, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

    This reminds me that I haven’t bought acorn squash at all this year! I love having it as a side for dinner.

  42. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 15, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Stuffed acorn squash is always a favorite. I simply adore it!
    But I do love my turkey…. The struggle is realllll

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