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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Recipe for Microwaved Acorn Squash

How would you like to have a healthy and tasty vegetable dish on the table in under 20 minutes of almost no hands-on time and with only 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper)?  Oh, and no need to heat up the kitchen because it's cooked in the microwave.

This is so simple, I almost can't call it a recipe!

Yield: 4 servings
Time: under 20 minutes


  • 1 medium acorn squash (about 12 inch circumference)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 TBSP coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly grated black pepper
  • 2 TBSP toasted pine nuts


  • Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds and stringy bits.
  • Wrap loosely in parchment paper.
  • Microwave on high for 12-15 minutes until soft.
  • Carefully, remove pulp and discard skin.
  • Mash pulp with oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Serve topped with toasted pine nuts.

I've always been a big fan of butternut squash.  Lately, I'm trying to branch out and have fallen in love with acorn squash.  Try this easy recipe and I think you will too!

Printable recipe

Other ELEB squash recipes:
Acorn Squash Fitters

Roasted Squash with  Mint and Pepitas
Squash, Bacon and Apple Pizza
Butternut Squash "Fries"