12 Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

close up of baked pumpkin pasta in a cast iron skillet with a dish towel

I saw a video yesterday filmed in North Dakota, where it’s so cold that a bowl of ramen had frozen solid into what looked like an ice sculpture in the shape of noodles. It drove home how cold it is in many parts of the country right now. To my mind, that calls for hearty winter recipes. And nothing is cozier than what I can coax from one of winter’s heartiest vegetables: the squash. Here I’ve gathered up 12 healthy winter squash recipes to nourish you through the cold.

So Many Variety of Squash

There are well over two dozen varieties of winter squash. The ones I’m most familiar with are butternut, sugar pie pumpkin, spaghetti, delicata, acorn, red kuri, and kabocha. This winter, I’ve also been introduced to honeynut, which looks like a mini butternut and tastes creamy and delicious. Each variety has different merits from a culinary standpoint, but all are nutritious.

Healthy Winter Squash

The bright orange of winter squash signals a vegetable packed with vitamin A. Squash is a quality carbohydrate that delivers vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, particularly if you eat the skin. In addition, the seeds of winter squash are universally edible when roasted, a source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats

Winter Squash Cooking Tips

Winter squash can be tricky to work with. That hearty exterior requires a good knife and some elbow grease to cut through. You can make things go a littler easier by spearing your squash in a few places and popping it into the microwave for a minute or two to soften it before cutting. Alternatively, reach for smaller squash that are a little easier to handle, such as honeynut and delicata.

12 Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

bowl of beef and butternut squash chili topped with avocado and cilantro with some tortilla chips

Instant Pot Beef & Butternut Squash Chili

white plate with ravioli with butternut squash sauce and a napkin with fork and knife

Parmesan Ravioli with Butternut Squash Sauce

bowl of butternut squash soup

Genius Butternut Squash Soup

bowl of turkey chili with butternut squash on a blue and white kitchen towel

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili

stack of 7 sweet potato and butternut squash latkes with more latkes on a plate

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Latkes

Cast iron pan with a dish towel around the handle and Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Kale

Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon and Kale

Cheese Fondue in a Roasted Pumpkin with cheese pull

Cheese Fondue in a Whole Roasted Pumpkin

delicata squash tacos topped with cilantro and sour cream on a white plate with a blue and white napkin

Delicata Squash Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions

Halved Roasted Delicata Squash on a sheet pan with thyme, maple syrup, and butter

Roasted Delicata Squash with Maple Syrup and Thyme

Beautiful Arugula, delicata squash, and pomegranate salad in a large shallow bowl on white background

Arugula, Pomegranate and Delicata Squash Salad

spaghetti squash lasagna in a white casserole dish, close up

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

bowl of spaghetti squash in a dark bowl with a fork

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

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And if you’re looking for something on the sweet side of cooking with winter squash, you might like

slices of slow cooker pumpkin bread on parchment paper on a bread board

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake


02.17.2021 at10:49 AM #


My favorite has become twice-baked squash, made with yogurt and Parmesan. I will eat it for breakfast if there’s some leftover. The other thing I love about squash is its long shelf life. I always keep one or two in the house for that “emergency” back up vegetable! Thanks!

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