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16 Delicious Winter Squash Recipes

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If you're looking for great ways to cook with winter squash, we have some awesome recipes for you! These delicious winter squash recipes are great for healthy, easy meals.

I have recipes for several varieties of squash - including common ones like pumpkin and butternut squash, but more unusual varietals like honeynut and kabocha as well.

Squash is so versatile. You can, of course, roast it and serve it as a side or add it to salads or grain bowls. But it's great in baked goods, soups, casseroles, and more.

I hope you enjoy these healthy recipes. If you want to learn more about specific types of squash, be sure to check out our guide on types of winter squash.


Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

This creamy acorn squash soup recipe is perfect for winter or fall!

It combines roasted acorn squash, onions, garlic, apple, spices, and herbs for a wonderfully hearty winter squash soup.

An overhead shot of a bowl of acorn squash soup with a cream drizzle, crumbled sage leaves, and a silver spoon.

Roasted Carnival Squash

You're going to love this roasted carnival squash recipe - it's so easy to make and results in creamy, succulent squash.

Carnival squash is a hybrid of acorn and sweet dumpling squash. It has bright, colorful skin and rich, sweet flesh.

An overhead shot of a large serving platter of roasted carnival squash topped with feta and pomegranate.

Butternut Squash Feta Pasta

This delicious butternut squash feta pasta bake is a wonderful meal for fall or winter!

This easy dinner recipe is a take on the viral baked feta pasta with tomatoes that's been popular for over a year.

A bowl of butternut squash feta pasta next to a blue and white napkin.

Braised Kabocha Squash Recipe

This delicious braised kabocha squash recipe is made with soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and a little instant dashi.

It's simmered to tenderness and the natural sweetness of the squash shines through.

Kabocha squash pieces with rice in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This slow cooker turkey pumpkin chili is a delicious, warming recipe for chilly fall nights.

You are going to love this chili! This gorgeous pumpkin chili hits all the best flavor combos.

slow cooker turkey pumpkin chili

Roasted Honeynut Squash with Miso Maple Butter

This delicious roasted honeynut squash is topped with miso maple butter for a savory and sweet side dish.

Honeynut squash skin is thin enough that you can eat it (no peeling necessary like butternut squash), but I like to skip the skin and enjoy the creamy roasted interior.

A platter of roasted honeynut squash, topped with sesame seeds and chopped cilantro.

Roasted Delicata Squash

This delicious roasted delicata squash recipe is the easiest side dish to make! It doesn't require much hands-on time and results in succulent, sweet squash.

You can serve roasted squash as a side for a nice dinner or use it in a green salad or blend it with some broth to make soup!

Delicata squash on a large white serving plate with a silver spoon and fork for serving.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven

Here's how to easily cook spaghetti squash in the oven to get delicious spaghetti squash noodles!

This baked spaghetti squash recipe requires very little hands-on time but does take some time to roast. The squash will get very tender and you'll be able to enjoy some delicious spaghetti squash noodles in less than an hour.

Spaghetti Squash right after roasting, with a fork removing the flesh from the skin.

Za'atar Roasted Butternut Squash

This delicious roasted butternut squash is topped with za'atar seasoning for a flavorful bite.

It takes some time to roast the squash, but this is a simple and easy side dish to make.

Butternut squash topped with za'atar on a serving plate.

The Coziest Winter Squash Tart Recipe

This delicata squash tart is the coziest recipe - perfect for chilly nights when you want a flavorful veggie dish.

Delicata squash is a winter squash with a delicate rind that doesn't need to be peeled before use; making it a stunning option for a tart.


Pumpkin Minestrone Soup Recipe

This pumpkin minestrone soup recipe is perfect for fall - it’s hearty, healthy, and packed with flavor. It features fresh pumpkin, butternut squash, red kidney beans, mirepoix, kale, and pancetta.

closeup of pumpkin minestrone soup

The Best Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy butternut squash soup recipe is full of flavor!

The roasted butternut squash combined with onions, apple, carrots, and plenty of spices makes for a deeply flavorful and hearty soup. This recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free.


Butternut Squash Pasta with Toasted Panko

This butternut squash pasta with toasted panko and sage is a creamy, delicious recipe. It's ready in less than 30 minutes, so it's a perfect weeknight meal!


Roasted Squash and Grapes

This recipe for roasted squash and grapes is an elegant and delicious side dish for the holidays or other special meals.

grapes and squash in a bowl

Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

This marbled chocolate pumpkin bread recipe is perfect for fall! It's so delicious and flavorful with all the spices, pumpkin, and cocoa powder.

It's easier to make than you'd think and swirling it to create the marbled pattern is actually quite fun!

chocolate pumpkin bread on wire rack

How to Use Pumpkin & Squash Seeds

Pumpkin and squash seeds are a delicious snack when toasted! If you are cooking or carving pumpkins or squash and wondering what to do with the seeds, we've got you covered.

I hope you've enjoyed these winter squash recipe ideas!


What's the Best Way to Cook Squash

There are so many ways to cook squash but one of the best is to roast them to bring out their sweet flavor.

In general, you can roast all types of winter squash by halving them, scooping out the seeds, and rubbing them with a little olive oil. Then bake them, cut side down, on a sheet pan for 40 to 60 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Some squash benefit from a little added sweetness, try sprinkling some brown sugar or drizzling some maple syrup over your squash before roasting.

When are Winter Squashes in Season

Many types of common winter squash are available year-round, but they are at their peak in November and December.

How to Choose the Best Squash

Squash that are ripe and at their peak will be heavy for their size. The stem should be firm, dry, and without any obvious cracks or dark areas.

Squash should be deeply colored and have a firm skin.

A squash past its prime that has dried out will be very light for its size. There might be obvious cracks in the skin and when you cut it open the skin will be dry.

A rotting squash will have soft spots and discoloration of its skin and flesh.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

An overhead shot of a bowl of acorn squash soup with a cream drizzle, crumbled sage leaves, and a silver spoon.

Try one of our favorite winter squash recipes - this delicious roasted acorn squash soup!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 1 large Honeycrisp apple, cored and quartered
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 12 sage leaves (finely chopped or fried*)
  • Optional - 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds (save for roasted squash seeds if you’d like*) and any stringy bits, and then quarter the squash. 
  3. Place the squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Then sprinkle the five spice powder and half salt across the top. Add the onion halves, garlic halves, and apples to the sheet pan. 
  4. Roast the vegetables for 50 to 60 minutes or until the squash is caramelized and easy to poke with a fork. 
  5. Allow the squash to cool for a few minutes, then remove the flesh from the skin. Add the squash flesh to a blender. Remove the papery skin from the onion and add it to the blender. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of the skin and add them, the apples, and the stock to the blender. 
  6. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes until the soup is creamy and no chunks remain. 
  7. Optional - top the soup with a drizzle of heavy cream and sage leaves. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 1038mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

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