Roasted Acorn Squash with Tahini Sauce

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

A healthy and easy side dish recipe, your whole family will love this cinnamon-spiced roasted acorn squash with tahini sauce and lemon.

Drizzling sauce over roasted acorn squash with tahini sauce.

The holidays are right around the corner – are you ready? Don’t worry, I’m not either. To help you round out your holiday menu, I wanted to share a healthy vegetable side dish to serve alongside the turkey, beef brisket, or crispy latkes. This Roasted Acorn Squash with Tahini Sauce couldn’t be easier to make and is always a crowd-pleaser. Scented with warm cinnamon and roasted in olive oil, each slice of acorn squash becomes caramelized and tender.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Roasted Acorn Squash and Tahini Sauce
  • Acorn squash: A winter squash with a somewhat sweet and nutty taste.
  • Olive oil: A heart healthy oil that helps coat the squash and evenly roast it to a delicious, caramelized state.
  • Cinnamon: Warm, somewhat sweet and spicy flavor that pairs well with the tahini sauce.
  • Tahini: Made from sesame seeds, it has an earthy and nutty taste.
  • Lemon juice: Bright, fresh, citrus flavor and acidity that balances out the other ingredients.
  • Garlic: Aromatic and pungent, the garlic warms when the sauce is drizzled over the roasted squash that elevates and sweetens the flavor.

How to Make Roasted Acorn Squash with Tahini Sauce

Cutting acorn squash in half

Start your roasted acorn squash with tahini sauce by taking your acorn squash and cutting it in half. Then cut off each end.

Slicing acorn squash

Then take the halves and cut them into slices about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.

Acorn squash laid out on sheet pan

Lay them out in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet.

Drizzling acorn squash with olive oil

Drizzle the squash with olive oil and flip to drizzle on both sides.

Seasoning acorn squash

Sprinkle with cinnamon, kosher salt, and black pepper, and flip again to season on the other side. Then toss in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until golden- brown.

Seasoning tahini sauce with salt

While acorn squash is roasting, make the tahini sauce by mixing the tahini with lemon juice, garlic, and some salt.

Roasted acorn squash with tahini sauce.

Once squash is finished, drizzle with the sauce and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy your Roasted Acorn Squash with Tahini Sauce!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is acorn squash still good once it turns orange?

As long as it isn’t soft and mushy, you can still cook and eat acorn squash that is starting to turn orange!

What pairs well with acorn squash?

Plenty of things go great with acorn squash, especially a lot of popular holiday dishes! Baked ham, roast turkey, or vegetarian dishes as well!

Can I substitute butternut squash for acorn squash?

Yes, you could use any winter squash! The flavor might be a little different, but still delicious!

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The perfect veggie side for any dinner, holiday or not, you’ll love my Roasted Acorn Squash with Tahini Sauce.

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Tahini Sauce

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A healthy and easy side dish recipe, your whole family will love this cinnamon-spiced roasted acorn squash drizzled in an addictive tahini lemon sauce.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 acorn squash (seeded and sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line with foil. Spray with cooking spray and scatter the squash slices in a single layer on the pan. 
  • Drizzle the squash slices with olive oil and toss to coat on both sides. Sprinkle with cinnamon, half of the salt (1/2 teaspoon) and pepper then toss again. Bake until golden brown and tender, about 25-30 minutes.
  • While the squash is roasting, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, garlic and remaining salt in a small bowl. Add warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you’ve reached desired consistency. Drizzle over roasted squash to serve.

Notes

Serving Size: 1/4 of the pan and 1/4 of the tahini sauce

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 14.1gProtein: 2.5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 629mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 0.2g

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8 responses to “Roasted Acorn Squash with Tahini Sauce”

  1. Lindsay @ the toasted pine nut Avatar
    Lindsay @ the toasted pine nut

    Oh my goodness!! That tahini drizzle is perfection :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t help myself ;)

  2. Amy @Belly Full Avatar
    Amy @Belly Full

    Not at all ready! I used to be so on top of things, but I’m just a mess this year! I LOVE this. Printing it out – perfect for Hanukkah dinner.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I feel the same way!!!!! I used to be so ahead of the game!!

  3. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    This sounds wonderful. I wish my husband liked tahini as much as I do (until yesterday when I tried to stir up a can of tahini – Joyva brand, the one my Lebanese boyfriend of a very long time ago introduced me to – which ended up slopping all over me). Tahini, lemon and cinnamon, for me, is a combination made in heaven. I like the idea of a sauce like that for winter squash.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I wish my husband liked tahini as well!!! He won’t eat it :(

      1. Susan Avatar
        Susan

        I feel for you! At least mine will eat it. I’m grateful that I’ve always been an adventurous eater, and that I’ve been turning my husband into more of one (he’d be very hungry if he try new things).

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