Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash
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  • 4Servings


  • 2 large acorn squash (about 1 lb. each), halved through the stem and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup couscous
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons drained capers
  • 8 ounces baby spinach (about 8 cups)
  • 1 can (14 to 15.5 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 2 ounces Asiago cheese, shaved (about 3/4 cup)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Rub the cut sides of the squash with 1 tsp. oil; season with salt and pepper. Place the squash, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Roast until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork, 25 to 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Meanwhile, in a medium nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 9 minutes. Stir in the raisins; cook until the flavors meld, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a medium bowl.

In a small saucepan with a lid, bring 1 cup water and 1/4 tsp. salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous. Cover; remove from the heat. Let stand 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and transfer to the bowl with the onion mixture. Turn the squash halves over; scoop out 3 tbsp. of flesh from each half; mix into the couscous mixture along with 1 tbsp. oil, 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar and the capers; season.

Divide the filling among the squash halves, then transfer the squash to the baking sheet. Bake until the filling is heated through, 10 to 12 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss the spinach, beans, cheese, remaining 1 tbsp. oil and remaining 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar; season. Serve the salad with the squash.