Stuffed Squash with Chard & White Beans


Looking for a delicious weeknight meal? Take a squash, chard, and white beans and combine it all. Follow this template as a guide to make a delicious dinner the whole family will love!

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 341 calories; 13 g fat(2 g sat); 12 g fiber; 50 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 47 mcg folate; 6 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,937 IU vitamin A; 38 mg vitamin C; 177 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 684 mg sodium; 1,159 mg potassium


  • 2 medium acorn squash, halved (see Tip) and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • ½ 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
  • ¼ cup chopped kalamata olives
  • ⅓ cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Note)
  • ⅓ 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 ¼ 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 ¼ 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.
  • Make it easier: to cut an acorn squash or other winter squash: pierce the squash with  fork and then microwave for 45-60 seconds. Cut in half with a large sharp knife and remove the string and seeds!