One Pan Sausage and Acorn Squash

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One Pan Sausage and Acorn Squash with tender acorn squash, savory savory chicken sausage, bell peppers, onions, and Italian seasoning is a quick and easy 6 ingredient recipe that is cooked on just one sheet pan.

301 CAL 21g CARBS 14g FAT 19g PROTEIN 6

This healthy sheet pan Sausage with Acorn Squash is quick and easy to toss together. Simply prep the veggies, add them to a baking sheet, and bake in the oven! That's it!  It's the perfect easy, fall meal and can be served on its own or served with a nice spring mix salad, brown rice, or some creamy polenta

Busy weeks call for sheet pan dinners and this new recipe with chicken sausage and acorn squash is on repeat in our house. First of all, it has the whole family eating acorn squash. Something about the crispy browned edges and melted Parmesan cheese has turned my normally squash-averse family into fans of this tasty veggie.

Secondly, it's all made on one single sheet pan. That's a weeknight dream since it means easy cleanup. Lastly, this meal is so versatile. Try it with different flavors of sausage, swap in some different veggies, add new spices, and there are endless meal options.

If I haven't fully convinced you to try this one pan sausage and squash recipe, I have one more tidbit that should push you over the edge. The leftovers! This recipe makes the best leftovers.

Smush them into some bread to make a killer sausage sandwich or pack them with your favorite grain or greens for lunches. I have even thrown them in some store-bought tomato soup. So good. This roasted squash and sausage keep well in the fridge and can be used in many different ways. You'll want to make a double batch. 

Sheet pan sausage and vegetables with peppers, onions, and acorn squash on a sheet pan.

Key Ingredients For One Pan Sausage and Squash

  • Your favorite sausage links: One of the key flavor components in this recipe is the sausage. Choose pre-cooked or smoked chicken or turkey sausage (more on that below). I used a smoked andouille chicken sausage but almost any flavor will work. Then slice it into bite-sized pieces so that the sausage can add flavor to the veggies as they cook. This also means it's ready to eat as soon as it comes off the sheet pan.
  • Acorn squash: To make this meal as easy as possible, I used acorn squash since the skin is edible and it is an easy squash to prep. Delicata squash is another good option with edible skin. Other squash like butternut squash or kabocha squash would also work, just make sure to peel it first. If you are not a squash fan, swap in sweet potatoes or cauliflower.
  • Peppers and onions: It's hard to beat the combination of peppers, onions, and sausage. Choose any color of bell pepper you like and also any variety of onions. I like the sweetness added by using a Vidalia or red onion, but a yellow onion or white onion works just as well.
  • Italian Seasoning: I love using Italian seasoning in dishes since it adds a lot of flavor without needing to reach for a bunch of different dried herbs and spices. Depending on the flavors of the sausage, you can swap in different herbs including sage, rosemary, thyme, or oregano. This would be delicious with Cajun seasoning, seasoned salt, or any variety of spice blends.  

Best Sausage For Sheet Pan Cooking

There are so many different sausage options in the grocery store it can be hard to know which one to choose. Here are some important things to keep in mind when choosing sausage for one-pan meals.

  • Cooked or smoked sausage: Always opt for pre-cooked or smoked sausage options when making a one-dish meal. Raw sausage can take quite a bit of time to cook and the veggies will overcook by the time the sausage is done.  Raw sausage also releases liquid as it cooks, which can steam the veggies instead of roasting them. If you need to use raw sausage, always begin cooking it before adding the veggies. They will likely need 10-20 minutes of extra cooking time, depending on the sausage and size. Another option is slicing it into smaller pieces so it cooks more quickly and searing it in a pan before adding it to a sheet pan. 
  • Flavors: There are so many flavor options and almost anything will work. Some of our favorites include spicy Italian sausage, chicken apple, sundried tomato, spinach and feta, or jalapeno. Choose a flavor your family will enjoy and then match the spices to that flavor if needed.
  • Turkey or chicken: To keep things light and healthy, choose chicken or turkey sausage for this meal. With that said, this will also work with beef or pork sausage, it just will likely have more fat and calories. 

Recipe Variations and Ideas

There are a lot of ways to change up this recipe with different seasoning blends, veggies, and flavors of sausage. 

  • Holiday flavors: With the holidays coming up, I love to add some sweetness to this dish with dried cranberries. Add them to the dish while it cooks or sprinkle them on before serving. Pumpkin seeds, pecans, walnuts, or pine nuts are also a great way to add some crunch.
  • Change up the veggies: While peppers and onions are always delicious with sausage, this dish also works great with cabbage, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, and carrots. Just adjust the cooking time if needed for heartier vegetables that take longer to roast.
  • Add stuffing: Stuffed acorn squash is extremely popular around the holidays. Mimic the same flavor of stuffed acorn squash by serving this over a bowl of store-bought stuffing. Mix everything together and drizzle for a spin on sausage and squash stuffing. 

Side Dishes

This meal can easily be served on its own since it has plenty of protein, veggies, and a lower carbohydrate starch with the acorn squash. However, you may want to add a side dish to round out the meal. Here are some ideas:

Storage and Leftovers

You can store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Use leftovers to make sandwiches, salads, grain bowls, frittatas, and morning scrambles. This recipe does not freeze well.

Sausage with acorn squash, onions, and bell peppers on a plate with brown rice.

Can you eat the skin of acorn squash?

Don’t bother peeling the squash before slicing and roasting it. Acorn squash skin is completely edible. Sometimes the skin is overly thick and hard to chew or just doesn’t taste right. You can easily peel off the skin after the squash has been roasted if you desire. It's much easier to peel after roasting than before.

Is acorn squash healthy?

Acorn squash is a very healthy carbohydrate. It contains lots of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and iron. It is also a great source of fiber and antioxidants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions about making this sausage and acorn squash recipe.

Butternut squash and acorn have similar, complementary flavors so they can be mixed together in various recipes including soup, mashed squash, roasted squash, and more.

If you mix butternut squash and acorn squash in this recipe, make sure to peel it first and cut it into smaller pieces that will cook in 20-25 minutes. 

With a similar flavor to butternut squash, acorn squash pairs well with earthy and slightly sweet vegetables like onions, bell peppers, celery, sweet potato, parsnips, carrots, brussels sprouts, and beets. It is also delicious with apples, pears, cranberries, and stone fruit.

Roasted acorn squash with sausage served on a bed of brown rice with Parmesan cheese.
The Recipe
One pan sausage and acorn squash with bell peppers and onions on a plate with brown rice.

One Pan Sausage and Acorn Squash

301 CAL 21g CARBS 14g FAT 19g PROTEIN 6
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  • 4 lean chicken sausage links, sliced (I used andouille chicken sausage)
  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (leave off for Whole30)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut acorn squash in quarters. Scoop out and discard the seeds and membrane. Now slice each quarter into ½ inch-thick slices.

Sliced acorn squash on a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Add the sliced sausages, onion, bell pepper, and acorn squash to the sheet pan, keeping the acorn squash on one side of the pan in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Give everything a good toss using your hands or a spoon so everything is well coated. Sprinkle the squash with Parmesan cheese.

Acorn squash, sliced sausage, bell peppers, and onions on a sheet pan.

Roast in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes, until veggies are fork tender and starting to brown on edges. Season if needed and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Roasted acorn squash, sausage, peppers, and onions on a sheet pan.


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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 sausage link and 1.25 cups veggies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301
Calories from Fat 125
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 603mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 19g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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On One Pan Sausage and Acorn Squash
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October 12, 2023 - 14:24
Why do you separate the squash on one side of the pan?
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October 13, 2023 - 10:33
In order for the squash to brown and caramelize on the edges, it's important that it is in one single layer and has some space to roast. Whereas the onions, peppers, and sausages can be a little more crowded. I'll clarify that in the instructions - thanks for the question and hope you enjoy the recipe.
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