Winter Squash Recipes

by | Feb 8, 2024

Squash the Competition: Unique Recipes for Every Type of Squash

In the realm of hearty vegetables, squash stands out for its versatility, vibrant colors, and rich flavors. From the sweet delicacy of butternut squash to the intriguing spaghetti squash, each variety offers a unique taste and texture, perfect for culinary exploration. This blog post dives into the world of squash, presenting unique recipes that celebrate the diversity and richness of this wonderful vegetable. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a curious home cook, these recipes are designed to inspire your autumn and winter menus, helping you to squash the competition in any potluck or dinner party.

Butternut Squash: A Sweet Twist on Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage and Pine Nuts

Butternut squash lends a creamy texture and a mild, sweet flavor to the classic risotto, making it a comforting dish for chilly evenings.

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C). Toss the diced butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes until tender and caramelized.
  2. In a saucepan, warm the vegetable broth over medium heat.
  3. In another pan, sauté the onion until translucent. Add the Arborio rice, stirring for about 2 minutes until the edges become slightly translucent.
  4. Pour in the white wine and stir until absorbed. Add the warm broth, one ladle at a time, allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more.
  5. Once the rice is al dente and creamy, fold in the roasted butternut squash, Parmesan cheese, and sage.
  6. Serve garnished with toasted pine nuts.

Acorn Squash: A Savory Stuffed Delight

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Kale

Acorn squash, with its distinct ridges and sweet flesh, makes the perfect bowl for a wholesome stuffing of quinoa and kale.

Ingredients:
  • 2 acorn squashes, halved and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Ingredients:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush the acorn squash halves with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for about 25 minutes, until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cooked quinoa, kale, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Once the squash is roasted, fill each half with the quinoa mixture.
  4. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Serve warm, with extra balsamic vinegar drizzled on top if desired.

Spaghetti Squash: A Low-Carb Pasta Alternative

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

Spaghetti squash creates a fun and low-carb alternative to traditional pasta, paired beautifully with fresh pesto and cherry tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought pesto
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
Instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C). Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  2. Brush the inside of each half with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 40-45 minutes, until the flesh easily shreds with a fork.
  3. Use a fork to scrape out the “spaghetti” strands into a bowl.
  4. Toss the spaghetti squash strands with pesto and cherry tomatoes.
  5. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and garnished with fresh basil leaves.

A Squash for Every Season

Squash is not just a versatile ingredient; it’s a canvas for culinary creativity, offering endless possibilities for savory and sweet dishes alike. These unique recipes for butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash are just the beginning of what you can achieve with this amazing vegetable. So this season, embrace the squash in all its forms and let your culinary imagination run wild. Whether you’re aiming to impress at a dinner party or simply looking to add some variety to your weekly meals, squash is your go-to ingredient for dishes that are both nourishing and delightful.