Side Dish

Orange Pecan Acorn Squash

Orange Pecan Acorn Squash Recipe
Squash comes in so many fun shapes, sizes, and colors. I love seeing bins of winter squash in the fall, especially when my local market is having them on sale for $1 each! I definitely grabbed a bunch, even though I don’t really have a good place to store them. I stuck them in the cabinet under my sink for right now, and Ladybug is having a blast pulling them all out and playing with them. Good thing they are hearty (except I totally noticed a tooth mark in one when I was preparing this. Haha!).  I really enjoyed this recipe – it was perfect for fall, a bit sweet, a bit savory, a bit zesty. The orange, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans paired perfectly with the squash. Ladybug and I loved it!
20 Minute Oven Roasted Acorn Squash Side Dish
I do have to be honest here and tell you that Joel did not like this. It’s not the recipe’s fault, though, its only that we have to add yet one more thing to the list of things that Joel doesn’t like (along with pancakes, sigh). I keep trying to find a recipe for winter squash that he likes, though, because I love them so. But pretty much he doesn’t like anything fall – acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkins or sweet potatoes. I’m going to keep trying, though. At least he likes apples and apple cider! 🙂 
Easy Oven Roasted Acorn Squash with Cinnamon, Orange and Pecans
yield: 4 servingsAuthor: Jenni Ward – The Gingered Whiskprint recipe

Orange Pecan Acorn Squash

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins
This easy weeknight side dish only takes 20 minutes and a few ingredients! Its so delicious it could be featured on a holiday menu but easy enough for any night of the week!


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 3 TBSP melted butter
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
    Cut the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds.
    Then cut the acorn squash into half again (so 1/4’s, really) and then slice into strips – it will from half circles.
    Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
    In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, orange zest, orange juice and pecans.
    Drizzle over the acorn squash slices and toss to coat.
    Arrange the slices so that they are in an even single layer on the sheet.
    Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until fork-tender and starting to turn golden brown, turning halfway through baking time.

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Recipe slightly adapted from: (Recipe Girl)


  • Reply
    October 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Oh this sounds so good, I will have to try it.

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    October 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Yeah, my hubby would take one taste and let me know he didn't like it either! But it just makes more for me!

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know I finished baking my Daring Bakers' challenge yesterday…and it was FABULOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing such a great recipe…can't wait for the reveal~

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