12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall

By Ashley Marcin on 24 October 2014 1 comment

If you have a CSA share this season or regularly visit the market, you might find yourself with more squash than you know what to do with. As I watch the different shapes and colors pile up on my kitchen counters, I've been trying some new recipes and methods to taste the season. Here are some of the best fall recipes I've encountered in my kitchen adventures. (See also: Gadzukes! 10 Ways to Use Up Your Zucchini Bounty)

1. Delicata Mac and Cheese

We'll begin with my absolute favorite of fall recipes: Delicata Mac and Cheese. You'll roast your squash for around an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, puree with some water until smooth, and then mix together with cheese, milk, and spices. Add the noodles and an egg and bake for just an hour more before devouring.

2. Delicata Harvest Salad

This Fall Harvest Salad has chunks of roasted delicata squash tossed with kale, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and more. If you don't have millet on hand, use any other sort of grain to make up the bulk.

3. Delicata Soup

A smooth Delicata Squash Soup might be just what you need to warm up on a blustery day. The unique addition of pears sweetens the mix. And for those of you who are unfamiliar, crème fraîche is essentially sour cream.

4. Spaghetti Squash Noodles

There's a definite art to baking spaghetti squash so it actually resembles spaghetti noodles. Instead of cutting the squash lengthwise (the standard method), you slice into 1 inch rings. Then bake atop parchment for 40 minutes and let cool before separating into perfect strands.

5. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

These Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls are gluten-free and teeming with deliciousness. The recipe calls for ground turkey in the meat-based sauce. However, you can use tofu or TVP as a substitute (or even skip the sauce recipe entirely and use a store bought blend).

6. Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash

What could be easier than Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with meatballs? Simply slice and gut your squash before placing each half in the crock pot with frozen meatballs and tomato sauce. To serve, pull the squash out with tongs, score with a fork, and then top with the rest.

7. Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

All your health nut friends will enjoy this Roasted Acorn Squash with apples, quinoa, and kale in a flavorful tahini dressing. The author made this recipe for her Thanksgiving table, but I think it'd be just as appropriate for an autumn dinner party.

8. Acorn Squash Bread

If you need to hide veggies from your kids (or reluctant friends and family), try this Acorn Squash Bread. The recipe calls for quite a bit of sugar, which I'm sure makes for an amazing loaf. If you'd like to cut back, try using a half cup less or natural sweetener like maple syrup.

9. Acorn Squash Custard

A dessert! This paleo-friendly Acorn Squash Honey Custard would make a surprising finish to dinner. Or perhaps a great snack. You'll need grass-fed beef gelatin to help it firm up and rich coconut milk for full-bodied flavor.

10. Butternut Squash Soup

If you're into copycat recipes, this version of Panera's Autumn Squash Soup will delight you. Along with butternut squash and some pumpkin puree, you'll combine apple cider, heavy cream, vegetable broth, and a robust mix of spices for punch.

11. Butternut Squash Pizza Crust

Those of you with dietary restrictions or a desire to eat healthier meals will like these Butternut Squash Pizza Crusts. And making them is easy. Just peel and slice squash into quarter inch thick rounds. The wider your slice, the bigger your pizza base. Then roast and flip halfway through cooking to add your toppings.

12. Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

I have a soft spot in my heart for Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells. And this batch is finished off with a refined sage brown butter. You'll roast your squash first and then mash with ricotta cheese and other ingredients to create the pasta filling. Boil the shells, stuff, bake, and eat!

What are some of your favorite fall squash recipes? Please share a dish in comments!

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Sarah

Yummy!! Thanks for the recipes! My husband made an amazing butternut squash soup last weekend and he's making another squash recipe this weekend - I'll have to send him this article!