Stuffed Squash with Ham & Salsa

It’s Fall and that means a switch in produce that is in season.  The number one vegetable that I think of when Fall is mentioned is Winter Squash.  From Spaghetti, to Butternut to Acorn Squash they all equal Fall!

I have a favorite recipe for butternut squash and use the spaghetti squash to substitute for  noodles, but I have actually always struggled with a way to serve acorn squash.  It seems too rich to me to just bake and serve as a side dish, so to be honest many times I pass it at the stores.  This is sort of a bummer because I know my husband really loves acorn squash.

So I was super excited to find the recipe Ham Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe from Taste of Home at the same time that squash were on sale at Aldi for 99 cents each.  The only problem was it was cooked in the microwave.  That is great when you are cooking for one or two people, but since I’m cooking for seven, this wasn’t an option.  All the squash would not fit in and cook in the microwave.  In addition,  would have spent an hour cooking them in the microwave and they would have all been done at separate times.  Not great when you are trying to eat dinner as a family.

So I ended up making my Acorn squash recipe in the oven.  That wasn’t the only change I made though.  So here is my version of the recipe.  I call it Stuffed Squash with Ham and Salsa.


Stuffed Squash with Ham & Salsa
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Make the Fall Acorn Squash into a main entree dish that the whole family will enjoy. It's an oven dinner that doesn't take much time at all to put together and uses frugal ingredients you will have in your stockpile.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 6 Acorn Squash (halved and seeded)
  • 2½ Cups Ham Lunch Meat (diced)
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1 Cup Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • 2 TBSP Dried Onion Flakes
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place Squash cut side down on cooking tray (with edge) and cook for 30 to 40 minutes - until tender.
  3. While that is cooking mix together remaining ingredients except ½ cup of Shredded Pepper Jack
  4. After 30 - 40 minutes Cooking Squash pull out and Flip them over.
  5. Fill each squash with the ham and salsa mixture.
  6. Cook for additional 20 minutes
  7. Pull out and sprinkle on Shredded Cheese and Cook until it melts.

While this meal takes a bit of cooking time, the actual prep time is under 10 minutes.  That means you just put it in and forget it.  Therefore, it’s a pretty simple recipe.  Frugal too since I used lunch meat that I got on sale using a coupon and produce picked up at Aldi.


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