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Instant Pot Acorn Squash
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Instant Pot Acorn Squash

This Instant Pot Acorn Squash is stuffed with turkey sausage, red pepper, red onion and kale for a healthy and festive fall dinner idea!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: acorn squash, fall, kale, stuffed squash, turkey sausage
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 acorn squash, sliced in half and seeds scooped out

Squash stuffing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds `
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1 cup kale, chopped


  • Microwave squash for 2 minutes to soften it - this will make it easier to cut. Slice acorn squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Place trivet on the bottom of Instant Pot and pour in water. Add acorn squash halves on their sides.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal. Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 5 minutes. Instant Pot will take about 10-15 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook the 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily.
  • Remove acorn squash with gloves and drain water from pot. Serve and enjoy, or continue by making stuffing with instructions below.


  • Add olive oil to Instant Pot and set to saute. Add ground turkey, fennel seeds and onion powder, sauteeing 3-4 minutes until browned. Add onions, red pepper, garlic, salt & pepper and cook until veggies soften, about another 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in kale then cook another 2 minutes. Stuff each squash half with stuffing, then serve and enjoy!



Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 1309mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3425IU | Vitamin C: 84.6mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3.2mg