One of my favorite things about fall and winter cooking is squash. This fruit (yep, it’s technically a fruit) in all its forms is so incredibly versatile. Check out these scrumptious recipes I found and get ready to find your new cold-weather comfort food!
Smoked Gruyère Butternut Soup with Spicy Chickpeas: This recipe is amazing. It’s one I make for guests (including my mother-in-law) when I want something that tastes fancy but isn’t actually hard to make. Time-consuming, but not difficult. I double the recipe because 4 cups of squash are only about half a butternut, and this soup reheats really well. (Oh, and I make a batch of not-spicy chickpeas, too.)
Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs: Zucchini noodles may be summer’s way of making spaghetti a healthy choice, but noodles made from spaghetti squash is fall’s. Check out this link to a recipe that even includes homemade meatballs—yum!
Yam, Butternut Squash, and Pomegranates: I love that sweet potatoes (or yams) make an appearance in this fun side dish. Grab a rotisserie chicken at the store and you’ve got dinner done! You can also serve the fruits and veggies at room temperature over mixed greens and have a main dish salad instead.
Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole: Have you ever subbed out the meat in your Mexican dishes for butternut squash? It’s an amazing combination with black beans, as this casserole will prove. We put the peppers on the side for the picky eater in my house (not gonna lie: it’s me), but it’s still a delicious dish without them.
Quinoa-Stuffed Squash Boats: Ever wondered what to do with a delicata squash? Question answered: bake it, then stuff it with quinoa, chickpeas, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. It doesn’t get more fall than that!
Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley: This is such a fun side dish, combining two pounds of whatever kinds of squash you’d like to use with a mix of savory spices and brown sugar. One of those spices is smoked paprika, which is one of the best spices ever, so you know this is an awesome recipe.
Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash: I have to admit, my favorite apple-stuffed squash is the sweet dumpling variety, but I have lost my recipe!While on the hunt for a new one, I found this amazing version to try. Serve it for dessert or treat the family to a decadent side (loaded baked sweet potatoes, anyone?).
What’s your favorite way to use squash in recipes? Share it in the comments. (And if you liked this post, you should check out our post about pumpkin recipes while you’re here!)