47 Winter Squash Recipes You Have To Try - You Should Grow (2024)

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Do you really love growing winter squash, but are not really sure how to use it all up? Yeah, me too. Fortunately, winter squash recipes are very versatile. You can even eat winter squash for breakfast!

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Winter squash is not that different from summer squash, but one of the differences is in the thickness of the skin. That tough outer shell on winter squash is why we can store these squashes for several months, but it also means working with winter squash can be intimidating.

Read more about the difference between summer and winter squash.

Tips for cooking with winter squash

  • Use a sharp knife. Get a knife sharpener if you need to because you won’t get through a thick winter squash skin with a dull knife. Here’s a good knife that’s not crazy expensive:
  • You can use an ice cream scoop to remove the seeds. It’s a bit larger than a spoon for collecting the seeds and the edges are sharperto help cut through the stringy bits.
  • Don’t toss those seeds! Save them! Get any bits of squash meat off of them, some strings are okay, and lay them out to dry. Store the dried seedsin a paper envelope and save them for next spring.
  • The skin is very tough. To remove it, make sure you choosea sharp knife orheavy duty peeler.
  • If you don’t plan to save the seeds, you can roast or microwave the squash before cutting and peeling.
  • It’s okay to use a different winter squash than is called for in the recipe. There are tons of different varieties of winter squash and each will taste a little different. Acorn, butternut, and delicata are the sweetest ones. Others can by sweet or dry depending on the variety.

Here’s a good video about cutting into a butternut squash with some tips for chopping it safely.

47 Delicious Winter Squash Recipes To Enrich Any Meal

The flavor of garden raised winter squashis fantastic in sweet and savory dishes. These vegetables are really versatile in recipes, so it wasn’t hard to round up some great recipes for winter squash.

Main Dishes

  1. Slow Cooker Harvest Roast
  2. Sprouted Lentil and Butternut Squash Pizza
  3. Butternut Squash, Mushroom, and Sage Hand Pies
  4. Maple Sausage and Sweet Potato Bake
  5. Savory Stuffed Winter Squash
  6. Butternut Squash Chili
  7. Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
  8. Apple Cranberry Acorn Squash
  9. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce
  10. Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples
  11. Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
  12. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
  13. Italian Roasted Spaghetti Squash
  14. Three Ingredient Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash
  15. Butternut Squash and Kale Pie with Almonds
  16. Jamaican Stuffed Acorn Squash
  17. Hawaiian Style Spaghetti Squash

Lasagna and Noodles

  1. Pumpkin Lasagna with Sage White Sauce
  2. Gluten Free Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
  3. Butternut Squash Pasta with Chicken
  4. Squash and Ricotta Pasta Bake

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  1. Smokey Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup
  2. Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Soup with Butternut Squash and Quinoa
  3. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
  4. Curried Butternut Squash Soup
  5. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
  6. Acorn Squash Soup
  7. Easy Butternut Squash Soup
  8. Hubbard Squash and Sausage Soup
  9. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
  10. Butternut Squash Soup with a Surprise Ingredient

Savory Sides

  1. Butternut Squash Grits
  2. Vegetable Noodles from Scratch
  3. Butternut Squash Risotto
  4. Butternut Squash Bread
  5. Thanksgiving Roasted Butternut Squash
  6. Butternut Squash Hash
  7. Delicata Squash Cheddar Fritters


  1. Mexican Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns
  2. Butternut Squash Egg Cups
  3. Pumpkin Oat Breakfast Bars
  4. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns


  1. Brown Sugar Delicata Squash
  2. Maple Ginger Butternut Squash Tart
  3. Butternut Spice Bundt Cake

Ready to grow your own winter squash? Read my Winter Squash Beginners Guide

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  1. Those are great-looking recipes. I love winter squashes, but I didn’t have luck growing any this year. I hadn’t heard of that Upper Ground Sweet Potato squash. Sounds interesting, though! I’ve tried roasting seeds of other winter squash besides pumpkin, and they’re usually just as good, and sometimes even better. So there’s another reason to keep those seeds.


    1. Great point, Michelle! I am going to have to try roasting the seeds from my squash this year. Thanks!


  2. I’m trying to go more vegetarian, and need healthy veggie moderate fat snacks ready to eat so after work grab n munch. Any ideas?


    1. Roasted pumpkin seeds are an excellent snack!


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