Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard & White Beans
Total Time:40 minutes
Acorn squash is perfect for stuffing. This filling has Mediterranean flair: olives, white beans and Parmesan cheese.
- 2 medium acorn squash, halved (see Tip) and seeded
- 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 8 cups chopped chard leaves, (about 1 large bunch chard)
- 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
- 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
- 1/3 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, (see Note)
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Cut a small slice off the bottom of each squash half so it rests flat. Brush the insides with 1 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place in a 9-by-13-inch (or similar-size) microwave-safe dish. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High until the squash is fork-tender, about 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in water, tomato paste and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir in chard, cover and cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in white beans and olives; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
- Position rack in center of oven; preheat broiler.
- Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl. Fill each squash half with about 1 cup of the chard mixture. Place in a baking pan or on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. Broil in the center of the oven until the breadcrumbs are browned, 1 to 2 minutes.
Tips & Notes
Make it easier to cut a pumpkin, acorn squash or other winter squash: pierce in several places with a fork; microwave on High for 45 to 60 seconds. Use a large sharp knife to cut in half. Remove the seeds and stringy fibers with a spoon.
If you'd like to make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.
Calories: 342, Carbohydrates: 49 g., Fat: 13 mg., Saturated Fat: 3 mg., Monounsaturated Fat: 8 mg., Protein: 11 mg., Cholesterol: 6 g., Fiber: 12 g., Postassium: mg., Sodium: 665 mg., Added Sugars: mg.