Winter Squash Recipes

Impressive on the table. Sweet and rich on the palate. Behold the squash. Then cook it.

Our Favorite Winter Squash Recipes

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Our Favorite Winter Squash Recipes

It's true that the winter squash has a sort of Quasimodo quality: often knobby, misshapen, mottled, and leather-skinned. Its charm is the beauty of dignified, old-looking things. Nor does the flesh inside seem too promising in its raw state. But therein lies the miracle of cooking: As it roasts, the meat of the squash caramelizes beautifully around the edges and turns buttery and sweet in the center, while holding its gorgeous autumn hue. It's delicious served chunky, sprinkled with coarse salt, or whipped with a touch of butter or cream for a rich, smooth side. Dessert, even, can be helped by squash: The flesh, pureed, adds natural sweetness to baked goods like our cinnamon rolls. And know that these dependable vegetables deliver a good dose of potassium, beta-carotene, and other phytonutrients and antioxidants—the stuff healthy cells dream of.

Quinoa-Stuffed Squash Recipe

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Quinoa-Stuffed Squash

You can cook the squash, prepare the filling, and refrigerate up to two days ahead. Then assemble and bake just before serving.

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Cheese and Squash Soufflés Recipe

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Cheese and Squash Soufflés

The skin of the sweet dumpling squash is edible when cooked, so you don't have to peel these gems: Simply chop, roast, puree, and proceed with the recipe. If you can't find it, substitute peeled butternut. If you prefer, serve this soufflé as a side to accompany roast chicken, pork, or beef. Simply serve eight smaller portions.

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Indian-Spiced Roasted Squash Soup Recipe

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Indian-Spiced Roasted Squash Soup

This flavorful soup is a vibrant hue with flavor to match. Top with a dollop of the yogurt-honey mixture for a showstopping bowlful.

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Beef and Butternut Chili Recipe

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Beef and Butternut Chili

There is nothing like a rustic chili to warm you from the inside out. This recipe will definitely do the trick.

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Kabocha Squash Puree Recipe

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Kabocha Squash Puree

If you can't find kabocha, use two medium delicata or acorn squashes. Serve this rich, delicious puree alongside roast pork tenderloin or chicken.

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Spiced Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Glaze Recipe

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Spiced Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Glaze

Delicata squash is a great choice for dessert recipes. It is characterized by yellow flesh that tastes similar to sweet potatoes. Roasting it in this recipe intensifies the sweet flavor. If you can't find delicata, substitute butternut.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts recipes from Lynmar Estate in Sonoma Valley

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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts

Brown sugar ups the autumnal flavor in this dish. Brightly colored roasted butternut squash stand out against the risotto like a sinfully delicious invitation to enjoy. Just a bit of slightly salty pancetta lends just the note to finish off the flavor medley.

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Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding Recipes

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Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding

A side of sautéed kale or mustard greens would provide a nice counterpoint to the sweet butternut squash in this savory vegetarian entrée.

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Squash-Apple Turnovers Recipes

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Squash-Apple Turnovers

Jonagold apples bring some tartness to the lightly sweet squash-based filling. You can also use other good baking apples like Honeycrisp or Rome. Serve as a side dish or appetizer.

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Butternut Squash and Leek Gratins

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Butternut Squash and Leek Gratins

A crunchy browned cheese topping conceals a hearty, sweet squash-and-onion combination here. Serving individual gratins in single-serving ramekins makes for a more impressive presentation than one large casserole, and the individual servings cook faster as well.

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Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-Basil Sauce

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Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Parents may need to help out a bit by cutting the hard squash in half, but kids can have fun scraping up strands of spaghetti-like pulp. You can serve this as a side dish, or add sausage or ground beef to the sauce to turn it into an entrée.

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Sugar Pumpkin Custards with Graham Crumble

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Sugar Pumpkin Custards with Graham Crumble

These sweet custards are the perfect ending for an autumn dinner party.

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Roasted Red Onions and Delicata Squash

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Roasted Red Onions and Delicata Squash

Thin-skinned delicata squash has an edible peel, helping this side come together quickly.

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Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise

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Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise

Pair a basic side salad with these tasty squash fritters for a simple, flavorful meal.

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Winter Squash and Tofu Panang Curry

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Winter Squash and Tofu Panang Curry

Nutty whole grains make a perfect bed for a bowl of saucy winter veggies. If you have trouble finding kabocha squash, an acorn or butternut variety is an easy, just-as-delicious substitute.

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Roasted Delicata with Cranberries and Pumpkinseeds

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Roasted Delicata with Cranberries and Pumpkinseeds

This impressive yet simple side dish is great for company. And remember, you can eat the skin.

View Recipe: Roasted Delicata with Cranberries and Pumpkinseeds

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