Beyond Butternut: 30 Winter Squash Recipes (2024)

Cooking in the winter has its challenges, like uninspiring produce shelves at the grocery store and slim pickins at the farmers market. Something that’s guaranteed to be part of this season’s bounty? Squash. There are endless varieties (acorn, butternut, spaghetti, delicata, hubbard, turban) and even more ways to prepare it. Below are 30 mouthwateringly delicious recipes you must try this season. And when you’re done with that, don’t forget about dessert.

1. Butternut Squash with Apples: A touch of fruit and a helping of brown sugar will take your butternut side dish to the next level. (via Betty Crocker)

2. Acorn Squash with Chile-Lime Vinaigrette: The spicy citrus glaze atop this acorn squash adds the perfect zing to each bite. (via Smitten Kitchen)

3. Roasted Delicata Squash: A simple roast to this less common — and delicious — variety. (via Summer Tomato)

4. Meatless Meatball over Herbed Spaghetti Squash: For the vegetarian who wants a break from regular pasta. (via Cooking Light)

5. Fiorentini with Butternut Squash: A simple yet flavorful option for those who do love pasta. (via Bon Appetit)

6. Acorn Squash Quesadillas with Tomatillo Salsa: Is Mexican on the menu tonight? Add acorn squash for a winter-y touch. (via Smitten Kitchen)

8. Roast Turks Turban Squash and Duck Bacon Risotto: Are you in a food coma yet? We are, too. (via Sanura Weathers)

9. Roasted Hubbard Squash Soup with Hazelnuts & Chives: This recipe elevates the traditional squash soup to a whole new level — one with added crunch. (via Fine Cooking)

10. Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna: Layers upon layers of squash, cheese and pasta? Yes, please! (via Martha Stewart)

11. Fried Cornmeal Shrimp with Butternut Squash Risotto: You may have to hit the gym after devouring a bowl of this stuff, but it’s worth it. (via Bon Appetit)

12. Roasted Acorn Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza: This just became our newest favorite pizza, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be yours as well. (via Smitten Kitchen)

13. Squash and Root Vegetable Slaw: The lightest squash recipe of the bunch, this slaw incorporates winter’s freshest veggies into one healthful bite, side dish, or sandwich topping — however you prefer. (via Bon Appetit)

14. Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos: These might rival the acorn quesadillas above, but are worth adding to the Mexican menu anyway. (via Oh She Glows)

15. Classic Baked Acorn Squash: Perfect for the squash beginner. (via Simply Recipes)

16. Roasted Red Kuri Coconut Curry Soup: An exotic take on the traditional squash soup — and one that’s nearly guilt-free. (via Skinny Taste)

17. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup: In case you loved the butternut-apple combo above, here’s a pureed version you can enjoy as a soup. (via Bon Appetit)

18. Red Lentil and Squash Curry Stew: Make this ahead and enjoy leftovers all week long. (via Oh She Glows)

19. Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmigiano-Reggiano Recipe: A cheesy spaghetti that’s more forgiving in the calorie and fat department. (via Chow)

20. Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash: Chicken Pot Pie is one of those dishes you either love or hate, but with butternut squash, there’s no question: love. (via Bon Appetit)

21. Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese: It’s like a baked ziti, but without the pasta — or the guilt. (via Skinny Taste)

22. Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter: They had us at “sage brown butter.” (via Bon Appetit)

23. Delicata Squash with Caramelized Shallots & Sherry: A light (or shall we say delicate?) and flavorful preparation. (via Fine Cooking)

24. Roasted Squash with Mint and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Add crunch and a refreshing spice to your next squash dish. (via Bon Appetit)

25. Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges: We dare you to click through to see the globs — and globs — of buttery, brown sugar-y glaze. (via The Pioneer Woman)

26. Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage: The flaky crust of this tart adds a lovely texture to the smooth melt-in-your-mouth squash filling. (via Bon Appetit)

27. Roasted Rosemary Delicata Squash: Another simple option for those with less kitchen ambition. (via White on Rice Couple)

28. Yam, Butternut Squash and Pomegranates: Boost the butternut flavor and texture with sweet potatoes and pomegranate seeds. (via Olive Oil and Lemons)

29. Caramelized Butternut Squash: Anything with “caramelized” in the name is a winner. (via

30. Butternut Squash and Cheddar Bread Pudding: Delicious! We saved the best — and arguably most decadent — for last. (via Bon Appetit)

What’s your favorite type of winter squash? And how do you prepare it? Tell us in the comments below.

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