YIELDS: 6 Servings
PREP: 15 mins
TIME: 1 hour 15 mins


3 small acorn squash

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup farro

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons apple cider, divided

2 sprigs fresh thyme

½ lb sweet Itlalian sausage

½ yellow onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

1 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Cut each end off squash and halve.
  2. Use a spoon to remove seeds and brush all over with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and roast until tender, 30-35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make farro: in a medium saucepan, combine farro with 2 cups of cider, 1 cup water, and thyme sprigs. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is evaporated and farro is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. If your liquid is evaporated and farro is not yet tender, add more water a ¼ cup at a time. Remove thyme sprigs.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining oil. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon and stirring occasionally until golden and cooked through, 5 minutes. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Drain most fat from the skillet, reserving about 1 tablespoon for cooking. Add onion and celery and cook until soft, 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and chopped thyme and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.
  6. Add kale and cook, stirring frequently. Add remaining 2 tablespoons cider after 4 minutes of cooking, then cook 4 minutes more, or until kale is tender.
  7. Add cooked farro and sausage to skillet with vegetables and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Divide mixture among the 6 squash halves. Switch oven to broil and broil until tops are golden and filling is warmed, 2 to 3 minutes.