Yup, it’s fall and there’s a 14-step Pinterest tutorial for how to make a sustainably harvested cornucopia. But hey, we’re busy, so we say skip the crafting and cut right to the good eating with some satisfying squash recipes. Alongside a light salad and a glass of pinot gris, these make a meal--with or without the bountiful centerpiece.

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Fall Couscous

Dried cranberries, crunchy pumpkin seeds and chunks of caramelized butternut squash jazz up this healthy grain.

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Squash Blossoms

Southerly regions still have these delicate flowers in season--so stuff them with ricotta cheese right away!

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Acorn Squash Bowls

Baked gourds become edible bowls filled with coconut-milk-laced quinoa salad.

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Ratatouille

Summer squash, zucchini and eggplant are layered with tomato puree in this intoxicating classic Italian dish.

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

The squash--not cheddar cheese--is what gives this healthy dish its orange sauce.

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Squash Gratin

Butternut and kabocha are baked right in the skillet with chicken broth, bread crumbs, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Pancetta, white wine and Parmesan cheese--along with lots of added chicken stock--create a delicious (and delightfully sleep-inducing) fall meal.

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