24 Healthy and Hearty Squash Recipes to Keep You Warm All Winter
Unlike the summer, when we’re turning the ovens off and cranking the air conditioning up, the winter calls for a resurgence of slow-cooker stews and oven roasts. Our family dinners and holiday meals often feature big plates of roasted vegetables, and this winter, winter squash claims a prime spot on our tables.
Not only are winter squashes like pumpkin, butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash healthy (they’re packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and protein), but they’re also easy to prepare and highly versatile. These squashes’ flavors toe the line between sweet and savory, and while you may be used to seeing pumpkin baked into a pie, there are so many savory uses for this fall-favorite squash.
From Butternut Squash Soup to Pumpkin-and-Winter Squash Gratin, we’ve got a variety of ways to incorporate nutrient-packed squash into your weeknight dinner routine. Squash is the star of the show in these healthy and hearty winter meals. From stunning mains to simple sides, these recipes will convince you to go meatless every once in a while. These versatile dishes can transition from the Sunday dinner table to the abundant holiday spread in a snap.
Candy Roaster Squash with Sorghum, Black Walnuts, and Cranberries
This unique vegetable side calls for Candy Roaster Squash, but you can easily substitute butternut squash.
Skillet Vegetable Pie with Goat Cheese
Recipe: Skillet Vegetable Pie
Tiring of winter chicken pot pie suppers? Let this rustic veggie pie grace your dinner table.
Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
Is it really the fall until you’ve enjoyed a nice bowl of butternut squash soup? For parties or tailgates, we love to ladle out portions of this warming soup in mugs for easy on-the-go enjoyment.
Pumpkin-and-Winter Squash Gratin
Recipe: Pumpkin-and-Winter Squash Gratin
Supplement the potatoes with rich butternut squash and diced pumpkin in this veggie-packed gratin. Gruyère cheese and French bread add an extra touch of indulgence.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
Once you pick that perfect cooking pumpkin, carve it up and throw it in this simple slow-cooker stew.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Recipe: Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Who needs starchy boxed pasta when you can mimic the texture with roasted spaghetti sqaush? Use this recipe as a base and dress it up however you choose with sauces and cheese.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
This comforting dish graced Grandma’s dinner table for years, and now you can carry on the tradition too.
Recipe: Butternut Mash
Substitute those starchy potatoes for nutrient-packed butternut squash in this simple, crowd-pleasing side.
Skillet Squash Blossom
Recipe: Skillet Squash Blossom
If you’re looking to impress this holiday season, this Skillet Squash Blossom is as beautiful to behold as it is delicious to eat.
Chicken Chili Pot Pie Recipe
Recipe: Chicken Chili Pot Pie Recipe
Butternut squash studs the filling of this dynamic Chicken Chili Pot Pie. Topped with a hot grits crust, this creative recipe is hard to beat in terms of comfort.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Carving a festive jack-o’-lantern? Be sure to save those seeds to roast for a healthy seasonal snack!
Pumpkin-Buttermilk Biscuits with Crispy Ham and Honey Butter
Pumpkin is the star of the show in these award-worthy biscuits that can be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Coconut Curry
Coconut milk brings a silky texture and slight sweetness to complement the pumpkin in this quick curry. Serve over rice for a meal the whole family will love.
Chicken, Apple, and Butternut Stew
Apples add a surprising, oh-so-refreshing pop of sweetness to this chunky, hearty stew.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter
Homemade ravioli may sound intimidating, but with the help of wonton wrappers, it’s actually quite a simple dish to compose. And the result is absolutely stunning.
Roasted Pumpkin-and-Baby Kale Salad
If you’re looking for a lighter way to incorporate winter squash into your weeknight dinner rotation, this elegant salad will be a new go-to.
Pumpkin Beer-Cheese Soup
Recipe: Pumpkin Beer-Cheese Soup
Pumpkin, beer, and cheese? Sounds like a winning combination—especially when they’re distilled down into a steaming pot of soup.
Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa
Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa
This nutrient-packed dish is an excellent on-the-go side for fall picnics or tailgates.
Butternut Squash Soup with White Balsamic and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
This soup is slightly lighter and more dynamic in flavor than your average butternut squash soup. It’s the perfect fall dinner party opener.
Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta
Recipe: Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta
This hearty winter pasta dish will warm you right up.
Spiced Pumpkin Grits
Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Grits
These slightly sweet, slightly savory spiced pumpkin grits can be enjoyed all day long, from breakfast to dinner to dessert.
Roasted Winter Squash
Recipe: Roasted Winter Squash
This recipe provides a basic template for roasting multiple varieties of winter squash, from acorn to butternut.
Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup
Recipe: Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup
Your two favorite winter squashes—butternut squash and pumpkin—join forces in this silky-smooth soup that’s spiced with the flavors of the season.
Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
Recipe: Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
Fluffy potato pasta dumplings meet hearty diced winter veggies in this all-star weeknight dinner recipe.