I have no doubt that this Crockpot Rosemary Acorn Squash Recipe will get your whole family to love acorn squash–and give up mashed potatoes for good! All you have to do is put it in the slow cooker and cook.
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Cooking acorn squash is a delicious recipe alternative to making high-calorie, low-nutrition side dishes like rice and or potatoes. And, because squash slices are slow cooked rather than in a baking dish in the oven, it’s an easy way to keep the kitchen cool while you’re cooking–or reserve your oven for the main dish.
If you’re ready to get this winter squash recipe a spin, let’s get this recipe cookin’!
How Do You Make Acorn Squash in the Crockpot?
I’m not kidding that this is one of the easiest recipes you’ll find. To make acorn squash in the slow cooker, you’re just going to wash the squash.
Then you cut it in half with a long, sharp knife. Once it’s open, you can scoop out the seeds and throw them out, because they’re not good for roasting like a pumpkin seed (in my opinion, maybe someone else would want to try that, I don’t know). After the inside of the squash is clean, then it’s on to slicing it up into a few crescents.
Here’s where you have to make a choice though. If you want, you can peel the winter squash, but it’s not necessary. Then it’s into a crock pot with the rosemary, salt and pepper and a bit of water to keep it from drying out.
Then set it to cook for 3-4 hours.
Test for fork-tenderness and then, enjoy! I love to sprinkle with chopped rosemary as well to really take the flavor over the top!
Oh, you thought there’d be more to it? Nope.
That’s seriously the whole recipe right there. Again, if you want to dress it up at the table, you certainly can. But, this winter squash recipe is tasty enough that you really don’t need to do anything else.
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Sometimes, I like to add salt and pepper at the table, or a bit of olive oil or some balsamic vinegar, And, to make this acorn squash recipe more appetizing to kids, you can always throw off a dash of additional brown sugar.
One thing is for sure, though, this is the most simple recipe for a fall side I think I could come up with. I can have the squash cut and ready to put in the slow cooker in about 5 minutes. The longest step is peeling the squash, and that’s not even necessary, so I skip it half the time.
If I put this in the crockpot and set it to go, then make an equally easy choice for my main dish, it’s just a matter of making some green beans or baked beans to put on the table and I have a whole meal. Super fast meals like this are so fun–and make weeknight dinners so simple.
So, when I know I’m going to have a rough evening anyway (on a night when I’m the only parent at home or we have evening activities with the kids), I can rely on this easy acorn squash to be the best side dish.
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Make it a Meal:
Main Dish: Saucy Beef Chili
Starch Side: Sweet Potato French Fries
Refreshing Drink: Pumpkin Mocktail
Don’t forget Dessert: Butterfinger Brownie Cookies
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I mean, just the smell of this yummy rosemary squash is mouthwatering enough to make you want ALL THE SQUASH recipes ever.
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- 1 acorn squash
- 1-2 teaspoons dry rosemary
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ cup water
- Slice the acorn squash in half.
- Scoop out seeds and discard.
- Slice the squash into 8-10 pieces.
- Optional: Peel the skin off with a sharp knife.
- Place squash in the slow cooker crock and sprinkle with seasonings. Add water.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours until fork tender.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g