23 Winter Squash Recipes (2024)

Home Recipe Collections

2 Comments

By: Rachel GurkPosted: 11/21/2023

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Versatile, good for you, and delicious, these winter squash recipes will wow your family and friends! From basic how-to recipes to surprising entrées, you’ll be enjoying winter squash often.

23 Winter Squash Recipes (1)

Table of Contents close

  • 1 Common Varieties of winter squash
  • 2 What is the difference between winter squash and summer squash?
  • 3 How to Cook Squash
  • 4 How to Freeze winter squash
  • 5 Winter Squash Recipes

Winter squash can be cooked so many ways. Once you master the basic cooking methods which I have described below, you will be able to roast, bake, mash, stuff, freeze, and purée to your heart’s content, turning this versatile squash into mouth-watering treats.

Common Varieties of winter squash

Usually harvested in the fall, winter squash usually have orange flesh, with the exception of spaghetti squash.

Some varieties you may be familiar with are: acorn, buttercup, butternut, delicata, Hubbard, kabocha, pumpkin, spaghetti, sweet dumpling, and turban. There are others available, but these are the most common.

23 Winter Squash Recipes (2)
23 Winter Squash Recipes (3)
23 Winter Squash Recipes (4)
23 Winter Squash Recipes (5)

What is the difference between winter squash and summer squash?

  • Summer squash are usually harvested in the summer! They include varieties such as zucchini, yellow squash, or crooknecks. Summer squash will have a soft, edible skin, and the seeds are small and soft. They are best stored in the refrigerator for a week or less. You’ll find that summer squash are very easy to slice, unlike their winter cousins, and are usually sautéed, broiled, or grilled.
  • Winter squash are harvested in the fall or autumn but are called “winter squash” because they’ll keep for 3 to 6 months (most of the winter!) in a cool, dry place (not refrigerated). They have a hard, usually inedible skin. See the section below to learn how to cut winter squash.

Most winter squash recipes call for longer cooking methods, like braising, roasting, baking, or steaming. Keep reading for mouth-watering winter squash recipes.

How to Cook Squash

Squash can be baked, mashed, roasted, stuffed, made into casseroles, soups, breads, and served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Tips for Preparing a Winter Squash

  1. Wash the squash well to remove any gritty dirt. We use a vegetable brush for this task.
  2. Place it on a large cutting board that isn’t going to slip around on you. A steady surface is essential.
  3. You’ll need a sturdy, sharp knife. Make sure your knife is long enough to go through the squash. No flexible or serrated knives here!
  4. Cut the tough woody stem end off. It also helps to cut a slice off the bottom of the squash, in order to stabilize it on your cutting board.
  5. Cut the squash vertically, from top to bottom.If the squash is very large or extremely hard, put the whole squash into the oven for 10 minutes at 375º to soften it, or heat it in the microwave for 5 minutes or so. Use oven mitts to handle it and let it cool a bit before cutting it.
  6. Once the squash has been halved, scoop out the seeds. We love using a grapefruit spoon for this task.

Basic How-To Recipes

  • Acorn Squash: Cut this popular squash in half and bake it two different ways, sweet or savory.
  • Butternut Squash: Learn more than four ways to cook butternut squash: roasted in halves, roasted in cubes, cooked in a slow cooker, and cooked in an Instant Pot (three different ways). There are also step-by-step photos to teach you how to peel and cut this type of squash.
  • Delicata Squash: This is one squash that you won’t have to peel. The outside rind becomes soft and delectable when cut into slices and roasted. Dumpling squash is shaped differently, round and plump, but the cooking process is similar.
  • Spaghetti Squash: Learn five easy ways to cook this versatile squash, video included. Anyone can do this!
  • Kabocha Squash: I’ll show you three ways to cook delicious kabocha squash.

How to Freeze winter squash

Winter squash can be frozen for up to a year. These two methods will work with larger, orange flesh squash, like butternut or pumpkin. I wouldn’t recommend it for the smaller squashes, like acorn or delicata, or spaghetti squash. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Raw: Cut peeled, raw squash into one inch cubes, put on a cookie sheet in your freezer until the cubes are frozen, and then place into freezer-safe containers or resealable bags and pop them into the freezer. You can toss the frozen cubes into soups or stews, or roast them, unthawed, on a baking sheet with a little olive oil and salt.
  2. Cooked (preferred): Cook the squash and purée or mash it. Put it into ice cube trays or muffin tins and freeze it until it’s solid. Place it into a freezer safe container or bag. Use cooked squash to make soups or thaw, heat, and eat it as is.

Winter Squash Recipes

Mashed Butternut Squash (sweet or savory)

Whether you make it sweet or savory, mashed butternut squash is one of the easiest winter squash recipes. It's an outstanding side dish for special occasions or everyday dinners.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (6)

Spicy Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash is both spicy and sweet, and it's 100% perfect! A easy and healthy squash recipe that the whole family will love.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (7)

Stuffed Butternut Squash (Quinoa, Kale & Bacon)

Stuffed butternut squash is a noteworthy all-in-one meal. You'll love this flavorful and impressive squash recipe!

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (8)

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This easy roasted butternut squash soup is full of flavor and is ultra-creamy, without any cream or butter! It's the perfect fall soup.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (9)

Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan)

Roasted garlic and smoked paprika lend colorful flavor to this butternut squash soup recipe.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (10)

Butternut Squash Curry Recipe

You'll love the creamy red curry sauce in this butternut squash curry! Spoon it over fragrant jasmine rice for a satisfying meatless meal.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (11)

Moroccan Stew with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas

Vegetarian Moroccan stew with butternut squash and chickpeas sings with a medley of vegetables, raisins, and warm spices. You'll love this winter squash recipe!

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (12)

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs

Moroccan chicken thighs with butternut squash is a slow cooker meal that is super flavorful, filling, and nutritious.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (13)

Butternut Squash Crostini with Ricotta

Butternut squash isn't only for soup! These butternut squash crostini appetizers elevate winter squash to super star status

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (14)

Ricotta Flatbread with Bacon, Squash, Apples and Maple Pepitas

You'll love the fall flavors of this ricotta flatbread: warmly spiced ricotta, crisp bacon, roasted squash and mushrooms, diced apple, and maple candied pepitas. A unique winter squash recipe!

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (15)

Chicken Barley Soup with Kale and Butternut Squash

With butternut squash and kale, this easy chicken barley soup is a delicious winter squash recipe that you'll make over and over.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (16)

Instant Pot Shakshuka Recipe

Fall inspired Instant Pot shakshuka is easy to make, healthy and so delicious. Serve it with crusty bread for a satisfying vegetarian entrée.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (17)

Copycat Panera Squash Soup

If you love the restaurant version, be sure to try my copycat Panera squash soup, a healthier version.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (18)

Farro Salad with Butternut Squash, Bacon, and Cranberries

Hearty farro salad with butternut squash, bacon, cranberries, kale and feta is fall in a bowl. You'll love this winter squash recipe!

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (19)

Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Herbs

Simple yet flavorful, this spaghetti squash with Parmesan and herbs is a perfect side dish or a great base for a topping such as marinara sauce.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (20)

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

All the fixings of fajitas are deliciously combined in chicken fajita stuffed spaghetti squash for a filling and healthy main dish.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (21)

Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Pizza, spaghetti, and squash? Sounds unlikely, but wait for the explosion of flavor when you try this surprisingly easy pizza stuffed spaghetti squash!

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (22)

Roasted Acorn Squash with Spiced Yogurt Sauce

This roasted acorn squash is served with a spiced yogurt sauce that you're going to find absolutely irresistible!

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (23)

Stuffed Acorn Squash

This stuffed acorn squash filled with farro, sausage, juicy apples, dried cherries, and melty cheddar is a delicious mix of sweet and savory. An easy fall side dish!

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (24)

Crockpot Pumpkin Soup

Creamy crockpot pumpkin soup is velvety smooth and delicious. You won't have to peel the pumpkin first; the peel magically disappears in the soup.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (25)

Pumpkin Poke Cake (with real pumpkin!)

This easy pumpkin poke cake recipe is the ultimate fall dessert oozing with sweet cinnamon filling and smothered with tangy cream cheese frosting.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (26)

Vegetarian Tacos with Delicata Squash and Black Beans

Flavorful vegetarian tacos are stuffed with hearty roasted delicata squash slices, black beans, pickled red onions, avocado, and queso fresco.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (27)

Kabocha Squash Soup

Savor the sweet tang of apple cider along with just a hint of warm ginger and cinnamon in this creamy and delicious kabocha squash soup.

Check out this recipe

23 Winter Squash Recipes (28)

You May Also Like...

  • How to Cook Butternut Squash (4 methods, how to cut, storage guide)

  • How to make Butternut Squash in the Slow Cooker

  • How to Cook Acorn Squash (savory or sweet!)

  • How to Cook Kabocha Squash - 3 methods!

Previous PostApple Stuffing
Next Post Crockpot Minestrone Soup With Quinoa

Reader Interactions

Leave a Review

  1. denise says

    so many wonderful recipe ideas!

    Reply

    • Rachel Gurk says

      Thanks Denise!

      Reply

23 Winter Squash Recipes (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Amb. Frankie Simonis

Last Updated:

Views: 5800

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (56 voted)

Reviews: 87% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Amb. Frankie Simonis

Birthday: 1998-02-19

Address: 64841 Delmar Isle, North Wiley, OR 74073

Phone: +17844167847676

Job: Forward IT Agent

Hobby: LARPing, Kitesurfing, Sewing, Digital arts, Sand art, Gardening, Dance

Introduction: My name is Amb. Frankie Simonis, I am a hilarious, enchanting, energetic, cooperative, innocent, cute, joyous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.