When you're craving a taste of autumn, try these tasy dishes featuring butternut, delicata, kabocha, and more varieities of winter squash
Present squash soup right in the squash shell. It’s seasonal, delicious, and you don’t have to wash bowls.
Recipe: Roasted Squash Soup with Sage
Kabocha (Japanese winter squash) has deep orange, sweet, smooth flesh that makes a terrific soup―especially when tinged with
Recipe: Curried Roasted Squash Soup
Warm and crispy veggie fritters accompanied by a crisp seasonal salad makes for a lovely autumn appetizer.
Recipe: Squash and Chickpea Fritters with Winter Greens and Hazelnut Salad
Think of these roasted squash rounds as tiny pizzas: You bake them and add any topping you like. They tend to go fast at parties.
Recipe: Rooibos Butternut “Pizzettas”
An earthy whole grain, sweet winter squash, and hearty beans make this a complete meal in a bowl. Serve with cornbread or
Recipe: Wild Rice, Butternut Squash, and Cannellini Stew
The sweet spices in this dish make it the perfect stew for autumn.
Recipe: Stuffed Kabocha Squash with Arabic Lamb Stew
A far cry from the store-bought packages, real ramen starts with amazing broth. Chef Kolin Vazzoler, of the late, lamented
Shimo Modern Steak in Healdsburg, California, simmered his for 12 hours. Our simplified version of his dish doesn’t take nearly
that long, but it’s still over the top, taste-wise.
Recipe: Ramen with Ginger Roasted Squash and Crispy Pork Belly
These little dumplings are ever so slightly sweet. Dress the dumplings with melted butter and parmesan cheese to add a rich
Recipe: Butternut Squash Gnocchi
To lighten up cooking while keeping it vibrant, look to Italy for inspiration. Butternut squash has a naturally rich, creamy
texture and sweet flavor. Paired with crunchy almonds and earthy sage and parmesan, it makes an unforgettable filling for
Recipe: Giant Butternut Squash Ravioli
This works really well as a holiday side dish--or a vegetarian main dish for a hearty weeknight meal.
Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Butternut Squash Bread Pudding
Apple cider vinegar is great with pork and winter squash; it adds sweet-tart flavor but no extra calories or sodium.
Recipe: Pork Chops with Butternut Squash, Escarole, and Walnuts
If only all vegetarian lasagna tasted this good. The crunchy kale and the puréed squash make a fabulous duo layered between
sheets of pasta and tangy tomato sauce.
Recipe: Whole-Wheat Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Kale
You can eat these spicy-sweet, soft wedges skin and all, making them a no-fuss addition to your holiday meal.
Recipe: Chile-roasted Acorn Squash
We've tossed spaghetti squash with a spicy cream sauce and baked it, mac-'n'-cheese-style, for a warming, hearty dish that
doubles easily and reheats beautifully.
Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream
Need a little excitement in your life (or at least your cooking)? Try this jet-black rice, filled with sweet hunks of roasted
squash, toasted pecans, and juicy, bright-red pomegranate seeds. It's drama in a bowl, and it's utterly delicious.
Recipe: Black Rice Salad with Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds
Need a cold-weather vegetarian main dish? These stuffed squash satisfied even the most carnivorous Sunset staff members. Some kind of alchemy takes place with the onions, sage, and nuts to create a distinctly sausagelike flavor.
Recipe: Nut-Stuffed Delicata Squash
The umami flavor of miso plays well with rich-tasting kabocha squash.
Recipe: Miso-Glazed Kabocha Squash
A fast, fun accompaniment to any simply grilled, broiled, or roasted meat. We particularly like it with a rotisserie chicken,
some crusty bread, and Greek-style yogurt on the side.
Recipe: Butternut Squash with Green Chile and Mustard Seeds
Soft, cheerfully orange, and slightly sweet, these rolls are perfect for the holiday table or a special autumn dinner.
Recipe: Squash Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
This brilliant combo of sweet squash with tangy yogurt, fruity syrup, toasted spices, and browned butter comes from Matthew
Dillon, chef of Sitka & Spruce and the new Bar Sajor in Seattle.
Recipe: Kabocha Squash with Dukkah and Cider Molasses
This hearty dessert also makes a tasty breakfast, with maple syrup in place of the sauce.
Recipe: Butternut Squash Bread Pudding with Tres Leches Sauce
Red curry paste—a flavorful mix of chiles, lemongrass, ground shrimp, and more—is one of the great creations of the Thai kitchen.
And it’s available in jars, making it possible to cook this complex-tasting dish in just a half-hour.
Recipe: Red Curry Tofu with Fall Vegetables
For this soup—adapted from her 2013 book Vegetable Literacy—author Deborah Madison makes a quick stock from the trimmings of the main ingredients: She sets a pot with 5 cups of water
on the stove, and as she chops, she tosses in the squash peels, pulp, and seeds; the ends of the onion; some basil and mint
sprigs; and 1 tsp. each of coriander seeds and peppercorns. She lets it simmer, partly covered, and it’s ready by the time
she needs to strain it for the soup.
Recipe: Winter Squash Soup with Red Chile and Mint