This is the most delicious & easy dinner that screams FALL! So tasty and satisfying, I was surprised my husband asked for it two nights in a row! For those who watch their dairy intake, are vegan, or are looking to bump up the B12 in their diet, opt for nutritional yeast over parmesan cheese.
This recipe makes enough for two people, plus repurposes the squash seeds for a healthy snack!
Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chickpea Ragout
For acorn squash + roasted seeds:
1 acorn squash
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
For chickpea ragout:
1 can chickpeas (no salt added), rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tomato, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1 eggplant, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1 cup low-sugar tomato sauce (Rao’s or 365 Organic)
nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 400F. Wash squash and cut in half. Scoop out seeds from the inside using a spoon, reserve seeds in a small bowl. Rub ½ tbsp. of olive oil into each half, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place flesh side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Rinse the seeds with water, and separate from squash flesh. Dry seeds and place on the opposite end of the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix lightly on the sheet pan.
Bake squash for a total of 45 minutes, flipping squash flesh side up half way through.
Bake seeds for about 15 minutes (while cooking squash), then check to see if they are cooked. Seeds should be lightly browned. Remove from sheet and continue cooking squash.
While the squash is baking, make the ragout. In a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tbsp. oil and add garlic, cooking for about 20 seconds. Add tomato and eggplant (add 1-2 tbsp. of water if sticking to pan) and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until soft. Add rinsed chickpeas and 1 cup of tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Cook over low heat for about 2 minutes or until chickpeas and tomato sauce are warm.
Serve ½ squash with 1 cup of chickpea ragout. Top with 1-2 tbsp. of nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese, if desired.