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While we love chopping up a winter squash, tossing it in olive oil and roasting it in the oven, there are so many more inspiring ways to prepare it. Whether you prefer butternut, kabocha, delicata or another gourd, here are 80 winter squash recipes to make from now until spring, whether you’re in the mood for lighter fare, like roasted squash salad bowls, or straight-up comfort food (bring on the mac and cheese).

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1. Caramelized Butternut Squash Upside-Down Cake

New Thanksgiving tradition? We think so.

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2. Roasted Winter Vegetable Platter with Miso Aioli and Romesco Sauce

Nothing against raw veggies, but there’s something cozy and satisfying about a roasted crudités plate.

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3. Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Leeks

Risotto never fails to put us in a good mood, but this fall-ified version takes the cake.

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4. Chorizo-Spiced Delicata Squash Tortas

A vegetarian sandwich that can be made ahead? Count us in.

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5. Roasted Squash Salad with White Beans, Bread Crumbs and Preserved Lemon

If the squash’s skin is thin, you don’t even need to peel it.

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6. Alison Roman’s Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Buttered Pistachios

We’re absolutely living for that lemon-yogurt sauce.

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7. Roasted Squash and Tofu with Soy, Honey, Chili and Ginger

Don’t skip pressing the tofu—it’s the best way to get crispy results.

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8. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Oh hey, 30-minute dinner (or lunch).

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9. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

Sorry, onion rings. We’ve found a new favorite appetizer. (Psst: The sauce starts with store-bough mayo.)

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10. Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

Just toss everything on a sheet tray and straight into the oven for an easy autumnal dinner.

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11. Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

FYI, delicata squash skin is totally edible, so skip the tedious task of peeling.

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12. Dorie Greenspan’s Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges

A pomegranate molasses glaze gives these cuties alllll the sweet and sour flavor.

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13. Delicata Squash Agrodolce

Agrodolce is Italian for “sour and sweet,” and this vinegar-honey glazed squash is no exception.

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14. Yotam Ottolenghi's Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Gorgonzola

You can serve it warm—so the cheese gets deliciously melty—or at room temp.

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15. Julia Turshen’s Radicchio and Roasted Squash Salad

Bitter lettuce and sweet squash is a match made in side-dish heaven.

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16. Pizza with Butternut Squash

Tomatoes need not apply. (Yeah, we went there.)

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17. Bulgur with Roasted Butternut Squash, Sage and Goat Cheese

It’s flavorful, warming and easy to prep—everything we want in a weeknight meal.

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18. Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash

Aren’t you fancy? (Looks can be deceiving. These are so easy to make.)

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19. Vegan Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Marinara Sauce

Carbs? We don’t know them.

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20. Dairy-Free Butternut Squash ‘Fondue’

It’s just as smooth, tangy and dippable as the O.G. version., just minus the cheese and butter.

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21. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

We like to call this one “make-ahead magic,” since it’s even better the next day.

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22. Hasselback Butternut Squash

Hasselback potatoes are fine and all, but squash takes things to the next level.

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23. Macaroni and Cheese in Acorn Squash Bowls

We found love in a bowl-less place.

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24. Butternut Squash Carbonara

No one will know it’s packed with hidden veggies, even your picky kids.

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25. Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin

It’s like a healthy-ish version of potatoes au gratin. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of cheese.

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26. Vegan Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese' with Smoky Shiitake ‘Bacon'

This dish, however, contains no fromage at all. Squash is versatile like that.

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27. Sage-Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

Instead of arborio rice, this dish uses barley. It’s quick-cooking and full of protein, a double whammy.

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28. Honey Butter Roasted Acorn Squash with Burrata and Pomegranate

You had us at “honey butter,” and again at “burrata.”

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29. Lima Bean Butternut Succotash

Serve it will a loaf of crusty bread for maximum effect.

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30. Harvest Squash and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

It’s as cozy and delightful as your warmest fall sweater.

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31. Savory Butternut Squash Garlic Swirl Rolls

This might be even better than a cinnamon roll, and that’s saying a lot.

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32. Shredded Butternut Squash Pot Pies

The crust is made from masa harina, a type of flour made from corn kernels. (Read: It’s extra flavorful.)

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33. Baked Butternut Squash Fries with Sage and Anchovy Aioli

You won’t find fries like these in the frozen aisle.

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34. One-Pan Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

The fewer the pans, the better the dinner.

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35. Kabocha Squash Lentil Curry

Kabocha squash, also known as Japanese pumpkin, is extra sweet and creamy, so good luck saving any leftovers from this dish.

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36. Vegan Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin and Green Onion Alfredo

We can’t believe it’s not dairy. (The secret is cashew cream.)

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37. Roasted Squash with Burrata, Spicy Hazelnuts and Maple Vinaigrette

The spicy-sweet hazelnuts are just the cherry on top.

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38. Kabocha Squash Shakshuka

Brunch, dinner or brinner, this will always be a hit.

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39. Butternut Squash Quesadilla with Caramelized Onion

Not today, chicken.

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40. Wild Mushroom Roasted Squash Pizza

Even your favorite takeout place doesn’t have this on the menu.

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41. Sheet Pan Sticky Pomegranate Chicken and Honey-Roasted Squash

It sounds like a lot of work…but it’s ready in 40 minutes.

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42. Savory Oatmeal with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage and Walnut Pesto

Yes, you can and should eat squash for breakfast.

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43. Butternut Squash Parmesan

You’ve heard of chicken Parm and eggplant Parm, but what about squash Parm?

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44. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

Don’t forget the tortilla chips for serving.

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45. Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

This would fit right in on your Thanksgiving table.

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46. Vegetable Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Shiitake Mushrooms

There are two types of cheese hidden among those layers.

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47. Brown Butter Butternut Squash Pasta with Pancetta

All our favorite fall flavors got together in one bowl.

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48. Coconut Miso Butternut Squash Soup

It has a little bit of everything: creamy, spicy, salty, sweet.

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49. Roasted Squash, Pecan and Pomegranate Salad

Save the plain old lettuce salad for another day.

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50. Baked Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Magically, the squash makes this cheesy dish even more decadent.

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51. Pan-Roasted Honeynut Squash with Creamy Garlicky Pasta

Never heard of honeynut? It’s like the sweeter and more tender tiny cousin of butternut squash (and the star of this dish).

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52. Sheet Pan Chicken Sausage and Harvest Veggies

Meal-prep and make-ahead friendly? Yes, please.

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53. Creamy Fall Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls

Best of all, you don’t have to wash the bowls.

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54. Warm Butternut Squash Dip with Gruyère and Pistachios

This beats sour cream and onion dip any day.

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55. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Homemade Pasta

Homemade pasta only sounds difficult to make. It’s actually pretty easy (and calls for just two ingredients).

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56. Harissa Roasted Cauliflower with Delicata Squash and Chickpeas

We love the combination of spicy harissa and sweet squash.

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57. Spaghetti Squash Fritters

They’re like zucchini fritters, but for fall.

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58. Butternut Squash Hummus

You’ll want extra pita for dipping, trust us.

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59. Slow-Cooker Black Bean, Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili

Even without meat, this dish manages to be hearty and satisfying.

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60. Roasted Acorn Squash

It’s topped with ricotta, honey and pomegranate for good measure.

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61. Broccoli Cheddar–Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

If only all our green veggies were served this way.

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62. Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Broccolini

It’s rich but not too heavy and packed with seasonal favorites. Swoon.

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63. Beef Enchilada–Stuffed Acorn Squash

You won’t even miss the tortillas in this one.

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64. Butternut Squash Fritters

They’re kind of like latkes, with an autumnal twist.

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65. Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Kale and Sage Brown Butter Sauce

We’ll never get tired of this flavor combination. The gnocchi is store-bought to streamline the process.

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66. Maple Roasted Squash Salad

This is giving the kale Caesar a run for its money.

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67. Creamy Butternut Squash alla Vodka Pasta

Can this be dinner every night? Asking for a friend…

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68. Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos

Everything’s tastier when it’s served as a taco.

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69. Spiced Butternut Squash Pie

Yes, you can even use winter squash in dessert. (Pumpkin is a squash, after all.)

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70. Moroccan Lamb and Butternut Squash Stew

Serve it over rice or mashed potatoes, or just on its own.

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71. Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

When you need a break from the stick-to-your-ribs meals, this feel-good salad will be waiting.

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72. Parmesan Sage Crusted Butternut Squash Galette

Pie for dinner? Don’t mind if we do.

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73. Kale Salad with Maple Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

This would make a mean meal-prep lunch.

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74. Roasted Kabocha with Wild Mushrooms, Quinoa and Lemon Thyme

See? Roasted vegetables don’t have to be boring.

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75. Simmered Kabocha Squash with Chicken and Enoki Mushrooms

Psst: You can assembly the ingredients in a bag, freeze it, then cook when you’re ready (or feeling super lazy).

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76. Brown Sugar Delicata Squash

This is going to be our new go-to side dish, we can just tell.

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77. Streuseled Acorn Squash Muffins

This calls for a fresh pot of coffee.

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78. Squash Apple Brussel Sprout Bake

You’ve got one pan and 20 minutes to spare, right?

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79. Stuffed Delicata Squash with Quinoa, Cranberry and Pistachio

They’re pretty and fancy enough for a holiday spread, but simple enough for any night of the week.

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80. Butternut Squash Mezzaluna

Are you a restaurant chef or something?

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