One of our favorite go to winter veggies is squash – spaghetti, acorn, delicate, butternut – you name it and we love it. We use it in pastas, soups, breakfasts (if you’ve never had a squash omelette you are missing out!). Plus, it pairs well with a variety of meats and veggies. Sometimes we use it as the main course and sometimes as a side dish – it’s so versatile! Come winter, you can find our kitchens stocked with squash – even if it’s not part of a recipe we’re making, we often just throw it in. And for all of you parent’s – this is one veggie our kids really love. We’ve rounded up 6 of our go to winter squash recipes you and your loved ones are sure to love.
Soup is the perfect comfort food on cozy nights, and a smooth and creamy butternut squash soup has got to be in our top 5. There are so many variations out there, but we especially love this version with brie cheese and crispy pancetta… need we say more?
One of our favorite cookbooks is The Glorious Vegetables of Italy. In it, Domenica includes the most delicious Winter Risotto recipe made with butternut squash and tuscan kale. When we use this as a main we like to add ground Italian sausage to hearty it up a bit. We promise the sweet squash paired with the savory kale is a winning combo!
via Smitten Kitchen
If you’re looking for a delicious squash dish that would pair well with a roast or other savory meat, look no further – these squash pancakes are your answer. Pan fried, made with gruyere or parmesan and topped with brown butter and crispy sage this concoction is everything a squash side should be.
Most of you are likely familiar with using spaghetti squash a healthy substitute for pasta – either scraping out the noodles or using it in a pasta bake… but we love this fun twist of stuffing the squash with lasagna layers! This is a fairly simple recipe that will be sure to impress your dinner guests!
via Well Plated
One of the best things about squash is its ability to add some heartiness to a dish without adding a boatload of carbs. This turkey squash casserole is always a bit hit in our houses. It’s full of healthful veggies and protein and if you omit the cheese can be used in Paleo or Whole30 diets.
Photo via The Kitchen
To make a savory and satisfying meal, all you have to do is stuff squash with whatever you have in your kitchen. We aren’t kidding – hamburger, ground turkey, Italian sausage, chorizo… brown rice, wild rice, quiona… zucchini, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes… cheddar, parmesan, jack…you get the picture. It all goes with squash! Feel free to experiment and figure out which combination is your favorite. But, if you need a place to start this is one of our favorites!
For more cozy winter meals, check out these slow cooker dinners!