28 Squash Recipes You’ll Crave Year-Round
Squash is one of the most delicious and versatile veggies out there. You can use it in soups, salads, side dishes, pasta dishes, casseroles—the list is endless.
What’s better, it packs one heck of a nutritional punch. Squash is an excellent source of carotenoids, vitamin C, folate, and magnesium, meaning it has all sorts of health and beauty benefits. It can help keep your heart healthy, your bones strong, and your skin looking young, and it's also full of immune-boosting antioxidants.
There are many varieties of squash—butternut, spaghetti, and acorn, to name a few—and you'll find many of them represented in the following squash recipes. When buying your squash, look for a vibrant fruit, heavy for its size and firm to touch. Keep it stored in a cool, dry place where it should remain fresh for up to two months.
Acorn Squash and Kale Over Penne
For an easy-to-make and wallet-friendly weeknight dinner, check out this acorn squash and kale pasta dish.
Kale has been declared a super food for a reason. One portion of the dark, leafy green boasts more than enough to fill your daily vitamin C, A, and K needs. Combine it with squash and it becomes a nutritional powerhouse!
While some people may find the bitter taste of kale off-putting, pairing it with sweet squash can make it a whole lot more palatable.
Try this recipe: Acorn Squash and Kale Over Penne
Ingredients: Acorn squash, kale, penne, vegetable broth, olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, nutmeg, Parmesan cheese, salt
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
If you’re looking to cut down on carbs, forgo pasta altogether and replace it with an equally delicious alternative: Spaghetti squash. The scraped out insides of the veggie have a very similar texture to real-deal noodles, but contain a fraction of the calories, and so many more nutrients. Think vitamins A and C, fiber, folate and potassium. Plus, unlike real spaghetti, it's gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy. Mix it with your favorite pasta sauce, or try out one of our tasty recipes for the veggie.
Spaghetti Squash with Ricotta and Gremolata
For one of our favorite delectable ways to prepare spaghetti squash, try this version with ricotta and gremolata. The recipe is overall light on calories, but the addition of whole-milk ricotta gives the meal some healthy fat and protein, to keep you feeling full and satisfied. It also includes a generous helping of parsley, a wonder herb rich in vitamins A, C and K, plus folate and iron. It‘s known to boost the immune system and lower the risk of several cancers. Bonus perk: Parsley keeps your breath smelling fresh!
Try this recipe: Spaghetti Squash With Ricotta and Gremolata
Ingredients: Spaghetti squash, lemon zest, parsley, garlic, whole-milk ricotta, olive oil, salt, pepper
Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise
Who knew spaghetti squash could be so versatile? These fritters are an easy and delicious way to up your veggie intake, especially if you opt to be extra generous with the spinach. The dark green leafy superfood adds even more excellent vitamins and other nutrients to the dish, like iron and manganese.
Plus, they only take half an hour to make—perfect for a last minute get-together with friends or a satisfying snack.
Try this recipe: Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise
Ingredients: Spaghetti squash, spinach, panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), Parmesan cheese, garlic, egg whites, baking powder, olive oil, canola mayonnaise, reduced-fat milk, Sriracha, cider vinegar, salt, pepper
Squash Tacos with Avocado
A healthy, low-cal option when you’re craving Mexican food.
Fill your tacos with butternut squash for sweetness, or opt for acorn if you prefer something with a drier texture and milder flavor.
In addition to all of the health goodness of squash, this dish serves up some metabolism-boosting benefits, thanks to spicy chili powder. Plus, the healthy fat found in the avocado topper makes these tacos super heart-healthy.
Try this recipe: Squash Tacos with Avocado
Ingredients: Butternut or acorn squash, chili powder, garlic, olive oil, tortillas, avocado, cilantro leaves, white onion, lime, salt, pepper
Mashed Roasted Squash and Garlic
As an alternative to the traditional potato mash, why not try this squash variation?
Mashed roasted squash is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. It requires minimal effort and prep time, but packs in some flavor and adds a fresh spin to a classic side dish. Plus, the addition of garlic is great for warding off those nasty seasonal colds.
And while it might look and taste both creamy and indulgent, it will only cost you a modest 129 calories.
Try this recipe: Mashed Roasted Squash and Garlic
Ingredients: Squash, garlic, chicken or vegetable broth, unsalted butter, olive oil, salt, black pepper