Fusilli Stuffed Acorn Squash From Catelli

by Maggie on December 6, 2013

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Every time I hit up the grocery store, there are more and more gluten-free products on the market. It’s pretty amazing and it’s certainly making gluten-free living a lot more convenient for families like mine.

Convenience was almost impossible nine years ago when Pete was diagnosed with celiac. Let me tell you, the bread was literally cardboard, my baked goods made great hockey pucks, and the pasta was hard to come by, not to mention chewy and bland!

Here in Canada we have some great gluten-free pastas on the market. Most recently, a well-known pasta brand, Catelli, launched a line and we’ve been lucky enough to try it.

Catelli’s gluten-free pasta line includes penne, spaghetti, and fusilli. It’s also produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility and certified by the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program.

The kids love the texture, and so did the rest of my taste-testers who were happy to try the Fusilli Stuffed Acorn Squash.


Catelli asked me to make some of their gluten-free and vegetarian recipes to share with you. This recipe for Fusilli Stuffed Acorn Squash was one of my favorites – I love the idea of using the pasta as a stuffing for the roasted squash. Talk about comfort food. Plus, I think it would make a great main dish for the vegetarians at your holiday table.

What I love about this recipe is how easy it is. And you can totally make it in stages to make holiday entertaining easier. I’m all about making holiday entertaining easier, aren’t you?



Gluten-Free and Vegan Fusilli Stuffed Acorn Squash

This deliciously sweet and savoury pasta toss is served in its own edible bowl for an impressive dish to serve vegetarian friends or to simply bring new life to meatless Mondays.


  • 2 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 3/4 teaspoon (4 mL) each salt and pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) each maple syrup and lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) olive oil
  • 3 cups (750 mL) sliced sweet onion (about 1 large)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) vegetable broth (gluten-free)
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 pkg (340 g) Catelli gluten-free pasta
  • 3 cups (750 mL) baby arugula or kale
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded radicchio (optional)
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) toasted slivered almonds (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Arrange squash halves, cut-side-up on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
2. Blend maple syrup with lemon juice. Brush 1 tablespoon syrup mixture over the squash; reserve remaining syrup mixture. Roast squash for 1 hour or until fork tender.
3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and remaining salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally for 10 to 12 minutes.
4. Stir in garlic and reserved syrup mixture; increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes or until onions are well caramelized.
5. Stir in broth and sun-dried tomatoes, scrapping up the browned bits from bottom of skillet. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
6. Meanwhile, cook fusilli in a large pot of boiling salted water for 7 minutes, or until it reaches desired texture. Drain and rinse.
7. Toss hot fusilli with onion mixture, kale and radicchio (if using). Spoon fusilli mixture into squash “bowls” and sprinkle with almonds (if using) to serve.

Yield: 4

Per serving (about 1/2 squash with 1 1/2 cups/375 mL pasta):
549 calories, 11 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 614 mg sodium, 108 g carbohydrate s, 8 g fibre, 10 g sugars, 10 g protein. Excellent source of thiamin, folate, vitamin C and magnesium. Good source of iron.

Click here to get a coupon for $1.00 off a box of Catelli gluten-free pasta (offer valid in Canada only).

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Winner has been contacted.  Thanks to all who entereed


Styling by Burrow Home and Photography my Jen Moore Photography

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Katie December 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Fettuccine Alfredo! Can’t wait to try the new gluten-free pasta!


megs December 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

My fave is a yummy tomato sauce with lots of grilled veggies! yummy yummy


mary December 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

My fave is one my mom makes.. a great balsamic & veg broth grilled veggie pasta. love your acorn squash idea! yum.


Jenny Foster Vaya December 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

My fav pasta dish is spaghetti and lentil/cashew balls. New twist on my fav dish! Oh and with gluten free noodles of course!


Maranda December 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm

We love pasta with grilled chicken, grilled veggies, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and lots of fresh herbs. And of course the kids love classic spaghetti and meat balls, that’s always a winner.


Tammy December 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

My all time favourite pasta dish is spaghetti! It reminds me of being a kid. My mom used to make it all the time!!!


Colin December 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Best pasta ever- spinach and ricotta filled ravioli with a brown butter and caramelized onion sauce. Fiancee made it all from scratch, I’m a lucky man.


Mhiran Faraday December 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Carbonarra… so good! or perhaps lasagne. Hard to choose!


Danielle December 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

We love pasta with your pesto recipe :)))))


Anthony Nornabell December 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Nothing beats a veggie lasagna with layers on layers of goodness!


Bonnie Kubica December 7, 2013 at 6:17 am

I love pasta Carbonara. It’s so wonderful and rich with smoky ham or bacon, lots of real Parmesan and cream, and raw egg mixed in.


Jennifer Tanner December 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

My husband is a wonderful cook and he enjoys making an olive melody with capers and roasted pine nuts, dished hot over pasta with a sprinkle of a little cheese (I like feta on mine) It is an amazing dish. But he makes sure that we have spaghetti at least once a week, it’s a must. He loves every bite of a homemade vegetable pasta sauce. It makes him weak in the knees!


Heather December 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

My comfort food is pasta with butter and salt :) But my favourite dish is with pesto and grilled summer veggies like asparagus and green beans.


Cindy W. December 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I’m a spaghetti and meat sauce girl – with extra tomatoes.


Danielle DaVault December 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I love a classic homemade mac & cheese. I always add a little smoked gouda to the cheese sauce.


Thalia December 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I love making pasta with lemon juice and olive oil- mix it up and add green olives to taste! I love avocado pasta as well- just mash an avocado in with some spaghetti! My husband just found out he is Celiac and this prize would be amazing for us!!


Kim Humphries December 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I used to love mac & cheese – but haven’t found a dairy free one I like – so it’s brown rice pasta with a primavera tomato sauce with meatballs – and I like having the leftovers fried – bad I know but sooo good!


saniel December 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Homemade tomato sauce with mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic and meatless soy balls with gluten free pasta. Thanks


Myla December 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I love tortellini with a good pesto sauce!


April December 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I love carbonera done with angel hair pasta! Thanks for the giveaway!


Ashley December 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm

My favorite is traditional lasagna! Thanks for the chance to win :)


Christina December 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

Firstly, thank you for offering such a generous giveaway and also for featuring the pasta in an incredible-looking dish. Wow! Secondly, what a gorgeous site you have. I’m sorry that this is the first time that I’m visiting. Keep it up!

So, my favourite pasta dish, pre-vegan, was definitely fettucine Alfredo. Now, however, it’s gotta be gnocchi with pesto or penne with tomato sauce, rapini, and Daiya cheese. Oh, mamma.


Alisa @ Go Dairy Free December 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Ooh, I actually really love pasta, so it’s a tough pick. Let’s call it a tie between Thai peanut pasta and pasta in a tomato “cream” sauce.


Avril December 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

My favourite pasta dish is fusilli with rapini, hot pepper flakes, olive oil, lemon juice, and a sprinkle of Parmesan!


Marsha A. December 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I have to say a roasted veggie lasagna is right up there in my top picks.


Chantelle December 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

My favourite is lasagna but fettuccini Alfredo a close second.


Paula Brooks December 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

My grandmothers Mac and cheese


Michelle Pope December 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I love elbow macaroni in tomato soup!! It’s like comfort food when my mom makes it for me. She used to top it with cheese before I gave up dairy


Jennifer December 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Buttered noodles with parm is a favourite comfort/sickie food at our house!


Marianne December 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I’d love a year’s worth of GF! My favorite is lasagna :)


Sara Best December 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

Love your pasta-stuffed squash idea Maggie! I definitely need to try that.

I would LOVE to win a year’s supply of g-free pasta. My favourite pasta dish by far is one I make for my g-free, dairy-free daughter which is a vegan creamy rose sauce made with cashews.


Josiane December 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Lasagna is definitely a favorite pasta dish. It’s open to so many variations, which keeps things interesting, and it’s not a dish I make very often, so it always feels like a treat.
Good to know that Catelli is now offering gluten-free pasta! I’ll look for it next time I do grocery shopping; it’s always good to have more options.


Anu December 13, 2013 at 7:19 am

My mom and sister recently made me vegan lasagna with homemade sauce and spinach and tofu ricotta. It was wonderful :) Thanks for having the giveaway!


Susan December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled chicken and veggies – a family favorite!


Chelsea December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

Our favourite is penne noodles with lots of sautéed vegg and a roasted tomato sauce!


Amanda Williams December 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

Ricotta and Pumpkin or squash filled ravioli with sage brown butter. :)


Cheryl Murray December 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

Pesto penne with sunflower seeds and goat cheese!


Jennifer Rimes December 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

Mmmmm, having to pick a fav pasta is like having to pick a fav dessert! They are all so yummy! I really like veggie lasagna, but with pesto instead of tomato sauce:)


Susan December 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I loved stuffed pasta of all kinds, and meatless lasagna.


Brianna December 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Cheesy noodles but trying to not use so much cheese;)


Kelly LaBranche December 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I’m in! Bring on the pasta!


Kelly LaBranche December 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Oh, I forgot my fav dish, mmmm Salmon with a blush sauce with fresh herbs.


Heather Temple December 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hmm… Veggie lasagne for sure, pasta with fresh garden veg in the summer, plain old pasta with marinara, or a delish puttanesca. Oh man, now I’m hungry!!


joli michalczuk December 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Our favourite is the penee noodles cookes and hten baked in over with chicken cut up and brocoli and spinach blended into the spag sauce


Meaghan Carter December 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Favourite pasta dish by far is lasagna! Comforting, with so many different flavours – reminds me of my stepmom Shirley’s cooking which is second to none! Yummm!


Chrystal in Canada December 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

A good creamy sauce bursting with flavor, and poured over a perfectly-cooked platter of pasta. Yummy! Thank you for hosting the giveaway (and for CANADIANS!). Merry Christmas.


Lindsey December 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Grilled vegetables, olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, and pine nuts! :)


Patricia from Alberta December 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

My favorite is still macaroni and cheese. The one I make is baked in the oven with raw macaroni, milk, cheeses and spices. It takes less than 5 minutes to get into the oven. YUMMY!


Elizabeth December 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

Homemade lasagna! Can be so time consuming, but the dish can be soooo delicious.


Deena December 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

My favorite pasta is a tie between Baked Ziti and all pasta salads.


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