Pretty much everyone likes stuffed squash. And here's another truth: Even more people like it when the stuffing is creamy mac and cheese!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 8 servings
4 acorn squash, cut lengthwise in half, seeded
1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
2 pkg. (7-1/4 oz. each) KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
1 lb. Italian sausage
1/3 cup fresh sage leaves, divided
1 red apple, chopped
1 cup KRAFT Finely Shredded Italian* Five Cheese Blend
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* Made with quality cheeses crafted in the USA.
Let's Make It
Heat oven to 425ºF.
Brush cut sides of squash halves with dressing; place, cut sides down, on parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet. Bake 25 min. or until tender.
Meanwhile, prepare Dinners in large saucepan as directed on package. While Macaroni is cooking, crumble sausage into medium skillet; cook until done, stirring occasionally. Drain. Reserve 8 small sage leaves for garnish; chop remaining sage leaves.
Scrape pulp from squash halves into large bowl, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Add Dinners, sausage, chopped sage and apples to squash; mix well. Spoon into squash shells; top with shredded cheese.
Bake 10 min. or until filling is heated through and cheese is melted. Garnish with reserved sage leaves.
Preparing Acorn Squash for Stuffing
To prevent filled squash shells from tipping over in the oven, cut thin slice off bottom of each empty shell before filling and baking as directed.
Selecting and Storing Acorn Squash
Acorn squash are a popular variety of hard-skinned winter squash. Choose squash that are heavy for their size. The rinds should be hard, deep-colored and free of spots. Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place up to 1 month.
Look for apples that are firm and well colored with smooth, blemish-free skins. Choose the variety that best suits your needs. All-purpose apples for both eating raw and cooking uses include Cortland, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Fuji, Gravenstein, Empire, Jonagold, McIntosh, Pippin, Spy and Winesap. Best snacking and salad apples are Gala, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious. When cooking, use Rhode Island Greening, Rome Beauty or York Imperial.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 62g
Dietary Fibers 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.