What to Eat Now: Winter Squash Recipes

How to cook any type of winter squash

There’s a wonderland of winter squash out there, and it turns out the good eating goes way beyond pumpkin pie. So let’s get all those gorgeous gourds out of the tacky fall displays and into our kitchens, where they belong ~ here are the best winter squash recipes for butternut, acorn, kabocha, hubbard, pumpkin and more!

How to cook any type of winter squash

did you know? all winter squash is edible!

All those pretty squash you always thought were strictly decorative are totally edible, in fact they can be spectacularly delicious. And no worries if you aren’t lucky enough to live near a farmers market that goes through fall, your local pumpkin patch or supermarket will offer lots of choice. The next time you reach for a butternut squash, grab one of the unfamiliar varieties right next to it, I’ve got your back with lots of yummy ways to use it, right here…

Tip: the only exceptions are shellacked ornamental gourds. And even they are edible (before they’re lacquered!) but they don’t taste as good as other varieties which is why they’re used decoratively.

assorted pumpkins and winter squash

winter squash are interchangeable in recipes

  • You can substitute one for another in any classic butternut or pumpkin recipe…think turban squash pie, or blue hubbard soup and get creative! Whether you slice it up or puree it, different varieties of squash will bring new life to your old standard recipes.

winter squash seeds are healthy and delicious, don’t toss them

  • Rinse and remove any stringy stuff and let them dry. Toss with a little olive or coconut oil and season with your favorite spices (they can be sweet or savory.)  Spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in a 325F oven for about 15-20 minutes, giving them a stir once or twice during the cooking. When you hear them start to pop, they’re done.

hardy squash will last for months in a cool dark place

  • Start with firm, unblemished produce. Large, thick skinned squash will last many months at 50F (a cool basement is perfect) so buy them now when you see them, and enjoy them all winter long.

my favorite winter squash recipes

Here’s a fun collection of recipes to inspire you this fall and winter. If you want some basic information on how to cook the different varieties of squash, check out my How to Cook Any Type Of Winter Squash post.

CACIO E PEPE SPAGHETTI SQUASH

spaghetti squash on a baking sheet with forks

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SKILLET PASTA ~ Life is But a Dish

Butternut squash pasta

DELICATA SQUASH RINGS ~ Honestly Yum

squash rings

ROASTED HOKKAIDO PUMPKIN ~ The Girl Loves to Eat

roasted pumpkin

BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC AND CHEESE  ~ Broma Bakery

squash mac and cheese

PUMPKIN CRUMB CAKE

Pumpkin Crumb Cake with a fork

PUMPKIN SALAD ~ Occasionally Eggs

pumpkin salad

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LIQUEUR

a glass of homemade pumpkin spice cream liqueur with cinnamon stick

POTATO AND ACORN SQUASH SOUP ~ Hungry Couple

squash soup

STUFFED SQUASH WITH LENTILS AND KALE ~ Heavenlynn Healthy

Stuffed squash

WHIPPED KABOCHA SQUASH

Whipped Kabocha Squash with Vanilla Bean

HOMEMADE PAPPARDELLE WITH KABOCHA SQUASH SAUCE, ‘NDUJA, AND SAGE ~ Wild Greens & Sardines

squash pasta in bowl with forks

STUFFED ACORN SQUASH WITH APPLE, PARSNIP AND SAGE  ~ Feasting at Home

stuffed acorn squash

PUMPKIN CORNBREAD

Pumpkin Cornbread sliced into wedges on a wooden board

EASY PUMPKIN BREAD ROLLS ~ Inside the Rustic Kitchen

pumpkin rolls

KALE AND ROASTED RED KURI SQUASH SALAD ~ A House in the Hills

squash salad with kuri squash

CREAMY FOUR CHEESE SPINACH BUTTERNUT SQUASH ~ eatwell101

stuffed butternut squash

WINTER SQUASH PIE WITH CANDIED PECANS (gluten free, dairy free) ~ Heartbeet Kitchen

squash pie

PUMPKIN SEED PESTO PASTA WITH CARAMELIZED DELICATA SQUASH ~ How Sweet Eats

pumpkin seed pasta

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP ~ A Sweet Pea Chef

roasted squash soup

WHOLE ROASTED KABOCHA SQUASH WITH CHIPOTLE BUTTER

Roasted Whole Kabocha Squash sliced

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PUREE (OR ANY SQUASH) ~ The Kitchen McCabe

pumpkin puree

ROASTED MEXICAN SPAGHETTI SQUASH ~ Cooking for Keeps

spaghetti squash

PUMPKIN LEATHER ~ Chatelaine

pumpkin leather

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND GOAT CHEESE RAVIOLI WITH BROWNED BUTTER + OREGANO BREAD CRUMBS ~ Half Baked Harvest

squash ravioli

PUMPKIN CREME BRULEE ~ Baking a Moment

pumpkin creme brulee

SAUSAGE AND PARMESAN STUFFED ACORN SQUASH ~ Salt & Lavender

sausage stuffed acorn squash

SPIRALIZED BUTTERNUT SQUASH BOWLS ~ Simply Quinoa

spiralized squash bowls

LEBANESE PUMPKIN HUMMUS ~ Lazy Cat Kitchen

pumpkin hummus

ACORN SQUASH BREAD ~ The Vintage Mixer

squash bread

BUTTERNUT SQUASH PIZZA ~ Kitchen Konfidence

butternut squash pizza

HOW TO ROAST SQUASH SEEDS, FIVE WAYS

how to roast squash seeds

RED CURRY KURI SQUASH SOUP~ Love & Lemons

curry squash soup

MAPLE SAGE ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH ~ A Family Feast

roasted delicata squash

MAPLE PECAN HASSELBACK BUTTERNUT SQUASH ~ Seasons & Suppers

roasted butternut squash on plate with fork
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13 Comments

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  • Reply
    2sistersrecipes
    November 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    These all look amazing! But our favorite one is your Pumpkin Crumb Cake!!

  • Reply
    Emily
    October 9, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Thanks so much for including my pumpkin rolls Sue! I absolutely love this collection of recipes, I’ve never seen so many beautiful photos in one place!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Those pumpkin rolls are incredible, Emily πŸ™‚

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    Lillian
    October 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I love squash and live next to The Common Market in Frederick, MD. I’m positive they have all of the various squash in their store. And I intend to try every one of your recipes. Can’t wait. Thank you

  • Reply
    Gerlinde
    October 9, 2017 at 3:20 am

    What a great collection of recipes. I can’t wait to try some of them. Pinned!

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    October 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    These are all just gorgeous and I can’t help staring at all the fall deliciousness!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks Chris!

  • Reply
    kathi @ LaughingSpatula
    October 8, 2017 at 9:23 am

    What a wonderful round up! I’m not sure what to make first! I never know what to do with winter squash…thanks for the post!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

      I got so ‘into’ winter squash while I was curating this round up that I just warned my husband to expect LOTS of it on the dinner table this week!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    October 8, 2017 at 6:35 am

    This is one gorgeous roundup! I want to try them all πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Thanks for visiting Tricia ~ have a fabulous Sunday πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    October 8, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Great round-up Sue and thanks so much for including my butternut squash πŸ™‚ I could eat my weight in squash, so loving all this inspiration!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 8, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Your hasselbacks are awesome Jennifer <3

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