Stuffed Heirloom Squash with Sausage, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Sage

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After the intense hot summer we had, the cooler days and frigid nights have been welcomed.

Although the weather has been pleasant – we’re still in need of rain.  Usually during this time of the year, the vivid colors of orange, red, and yellow leaves contrast beautifully with the bright green grasses that have been revived in these cooler days. This year, everything is dry.  The parks, especially, are more like desserts with brown grasses and lakes so low and depleted of water, they look more like stagnant pools.

Although this years drought has been devastating, Fall is here and it still carries its beauty.

Especially at the farmers’ market where all sorts of brightly colored pumpkins, squashes, and gourds have survived the drought. I let the boys pick out their favorites and I like to swoon over the heirloom squashes that come in many shapes and sizes. During this time of the year, I stock up on pumpkin and squashes to save for the long winter ahead of us.

They tend to keep for 4-6 months when stored in cool places.

This past weekend, I found two beautiful heirloom squashes suitable for roasting and stuffing. About the size of an acorn squash but shaped like a bell pepper.


When I saw this squash, I knew I wanted it for stuffing.

I sliced it in half and removed its seeds (making sure to save about 15 seeds to dry and keep for my own garden).


I oiled, seasoned, and roasted it.  The sweet smell of roasting squash filled my home.

While it was roasting, I made a simple sausage, bacon, and caramelized onion filling seasoned with sage and cardamom.

The flavors of the roasted squash with its filling complimented each other well. Sweet and savory filled with spice.

To round out its flavor and add a bit of texture, I garnished it with a bit of cheddar cheese, fresh sage, and crispy bacon.


Yes, Fall is here.

Stuffed Heirloom Squash with Sausage, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Sage

Stuffed Heirloom Squash with Sausage, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Sage

The flavors of the roasted squash with its filling seasoned with sage and cardamom complimented each other well. Sweet and savory filled with spice.


  • 2 small heirloom or acorn squash (suitable for stuffing)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 3 thick sliced pieces of bacon, diced
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon, chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbl apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sliced cheddar cheese


  1. Cut the squashes in half, scraping out all of the seeds. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place on a baking stone or sheet, cut side up, and roast at 375F for 1 hour or until its soft and can be pierced with a fork.
  3. Once the squash has been roasted
  4. In a small cast iron pan or skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until its fat has been rendered and the meat is brown and crispy. Set aside.
  5. In the bacon fat, saute the onion until it's soft and begins to turn brown and caramelize. Set aside
  6. In a large cast iron skillet or pan, cook the ground pork over medium heat.
  7. Once it's cooked through, add the onion, 1/2 of the bacon, sage, cardamom, 1 tsp salt, and apple cider vinegar. Mix through.
  8. Cook on medium low heat for about 5 minutes allowing the flavors to incorporate.
  9. Stuff the Squash
  10. Divide the mixture into the four squash pieces.
  11. Garnish with cheddar cheese, fresh cut sage, and the remaining bacon pieces.
  12. Return to the oven for an additional five minutes, allowing the cheese to melt.

Do you enjoy stuffed squash?  Please share your favorite stuffed squash or Fall recipe.

11 Responses to "Stuffed Heirloom Squash with Sausage, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Sage"
  1. Sadagat says:

    Wow… Diana, this looks so yummy…Should make some.

  2. hi
    like the idea,it looks good,i’m going to try it.

  3. Grace says:

    Gorgeous photography, Diana! And since we have all of those ingredients, we’re having that for dinner tonight!

  4. Laura says:

    Love this recipe, especially the unexpected addition of cardamom!

  5. Michelle says:

    I made this last night. I used a spicy sausage because that is what I had in the freezer. My boyfriend loved it. He couldn’t stop talking about it. Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. David Trees says:

    Hi Diana, I too have an Amazing Father God. Nice to see you’re confident enough to express your Faith and connection with God so honestly. Can I ask please, do you know the name of that stunning squash please. I would love to grow them. They’re so pretty. Your recipe sounds fabulicious.
    Thanks for sharing your time with us to post it.

    God Bless
    Ps David Trees.

    • Diana Bauman says:

      Thanks for stopping by, David. Goodness, I just purchased some of these exact squash again this year at my farmers market. The bummer is that I forgot what they are called. I’ll go ahead and ask again on Saturday and let you know. I do plan on saving the seeds this year, so if you’d like me to send you some, let me know 😉 I’d be more than happy to send some your way!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I made this recipe tonight, it was awesome. I’m working hard to make healthy equal simple! This was both. My family, truly enjoyed it, minus a picky 5 year old, she did try it though. So many recipes recommend microwaving squash, and I just cringe, the roasting brings out the sweet flavor! Thanks for posting.

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