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    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes

    Squash… they come in so many varieties. From summer specialties like zucchini and yellow squash, to winter harvests like acorn and butternut varieties, even pumpkin! And there are so many ways to cook all of them!

    That’s why we have compiled this list of great Squash Recipes for you, so you’ll never have to wonder “how to cook this squash?”

    We’re covering all of the most common varieties, and the variety of recipes will amaze you. From soups and casseroles, fritters and stuffed squash, to cookies and pancakes, you’ll find endless inspiration.

    Cook you way through all, and have fun!

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes.

    1. Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - zucchini boats.

    Let’s start this squash recipes collection with super healthy Zucchini. These Mediterranean Zucchini Boats are stuffed with herb seasoned ground beef and garnished with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and feta. They’re a light and fresh version of this low carb favorite.

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    2. Butternut Squash Blossom

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - butternut squash blossom.

    This gorgeous Butternut Squash Blossom will be the new star on your Thanksgiving or Christmas spread. Not only will it be the prettiest dish on the table, the flavors are absolutely amazing with sweet and savory flavors.

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    3. Southern Squash Casserole

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - squash casserole.

    This classic yellow Squash Casserole is a great every day side dish for your favorite Southern fare. Easy and delicious, this will be especially popular on your holiday spreads.

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    4. Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - sausage stuffed acorn squash.

    This Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is a great fall dinner and would look gorgeous on any holiday spread! In addition to sausage, it has veggies and apples for a complex variety of flavors.

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    5. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - spaghetti squash lasagna.

    This spaghetti squash lasagna bake tastes like a delicious pasta lasagna. The lasagna-inspired dish uses tofu ricotta and marinara sauce to combine flavors and make a delicious bake. You should try it for yourself.

    Get the Recipe @ minimalistbaker

    6. Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - sausage stuffed butternut.

    You’ve got to try this recipe when squash is in season, especially during holidays. This roasted stuffed butternut squash is perfect for your Thanksgiving table. It’s stuffed with sausage, onions, garlic, kale, cranberries, pecans and apples and seasoned well with herbs. Such a crowd pleaser!!

    Get the Recipe @ paleorunningmomma

    7. Summer Corn Zucchini White Bean Soup

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - zucchini soup.

    This is one soup you can have on summer hot days. Why? It is loaded with summer bounties like corn and zucchini when they are at their BEST. This light and fresh bowl is full of flavors and a great vegetarian option for meatless nights. On the second thought, this would be great with the addition of some ground beef or turkey, too.

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    8. Baked Parmesan Zucchini

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - baked parmesan zucchini.

    This zucchini side is wonderful. No need to deep fry or sauté. Simply cut the zucchini, sprinkle some parmesan and bake. Crispy, tender zucchini sticks are addictively good.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    9. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - pumpkin pie.

    Thanksgiving’s MUST dessert… Everyone’s favorite Holiday Pie… Pumpkin Pie!! It has flaky crust and creamy delicious pumpkin filling. Once you bake this, you will never buy any store made pumpkin pie.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    10. Thai Butternut Squash Soup

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - thai butternut soup.

    Now don’t you want to slurp this deliciousness away in no time? It’s gorgeous and delicious. This creamy, coconut milk based Thai inspired soup is the way to go if you like squash and Thai food. Top it with crunchy peanuts and fresh cilantro and you have one cozy bowl to cuddle up to.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    11. Grilled Acorn Squash Salad

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - acorn squash salad.

    No need to heat up the oven with this grilled acorn squash! It’s so easy, and the grill marks add so much flavor to the squash.

    Get the Recipe @ vindulge

    12. Summer Vegetable Gratin

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - vegetable gratin.

    This beautiful, light casserole couldn’t be any easier. Just a few minutes of your work can get you a dish that is a juicy burst of flavors and textures. Colorful, pretty summer squash gratin is a big hit on your table.

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchn

    13. Thanksgiving Kale Salad

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - Thanksgiving kale salad.

    Add some color and freshness to your Thanksgiving spread with this delicious kale salad. The wide array of flavors combine for a salad that tastes as beautiful as it looks.

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    14. Zucchini Carrot Salad with Catalina Dressing

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - zucchini carrot salad.

    Quick, easy, tasty and nutritious. This spiralized zucchini carrot salad will add a whole new dimension to your salad repertoire.

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    15. Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - pumpkin shepherd's pie.

    Now this is new, but it sounds delicious if you are pumpkin flavor fan. Mix pumpkin along with potatoes to make a creamy and yummy mash to top this shephard’s pie. Match it with the best cooked beef mixture. You are going to love this one.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    16. Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - parmesan spaghetti squash.

    Another tasty recipe that’s also low-carb is this cheesy garlic parmesan spaghetti squash. The spaghetti squash is roasted and tossed with creamy cheese, garlic, fresh herbs, and more to bring out amazing flavors while staying low-carb.

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchn

    17. Yellow Squash Tots with Garlicky Yogurt Dip

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - yellow squash tots.

    Looking for some great tasty snacks or appetizers with yellow squash? Try these fun yellow squash tots. They’re so delicious that no one will have any complaints eating more veggies this summer.

    Get the Recipe @ babaganosh

    18. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - pumpkin pancakes.

    These pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes are light, fluffy, and perfect for getting into the autumn season. With pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chips, butter, and more, these delicious pancakes are perfect for pumpkin lovers.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    19. Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - chocolate zucchini bread.

    Now look at this decadent loaf. Moist and chocolatey zucchini bread loaded with chocolate chips. It’s easy to make and will become a regular in your dessert rotation!

    Get the Recipe @ modernhoney

    20. Roasted Acorn Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - roasted acorn squash.

    If you love sweet flavors in your sides, try this roasted acorn squash recipe. It features maple syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon. It goes great with roasted meats, especially pork.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    21. One Pot Spicy Sausage Pumpkin Pasta

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - pumpkin pasta.

    Make this savory pumpkin dish with sausages, spinach, pasta, cheese and lots of other great flavorings, all cooked in one pot. It comes out so delicious and can be made in less than 30 minutes. All win, win.

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    22. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - butternut mac and cheese.

    For all the butternut squash and mac and cheese lovers… This is your dream come true. Seriously, mac and cheese made with butternut squash puree is simply brilliant. Creamy, rich and super delicious.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    23. Roasted Yellow Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - roasted yellow.

    This one happens quick with just few handful of ingredients and a perfect side for so many main dishes. Now you can whip up a quick one when yellow squash is plenty everywhere in summer time.

    Get the Recipe @ jz-eats

    24. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - rice stuffed acorn.

    Stuffed acorn squash with wild rice makes for a great meatless meal option. It also features mushrooms, spinach, red bell peppers and white beans to make for a nutrient packed dish.

    Get the Recipe @ simple-veganista

    25. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

    Save this delicious treat for Fall season and Halloween get togethers. They are fluffy and light, made with pumpkin puree and loads of chocolate chips. Don’t miss out on these pumpkin flavors this coming Fall.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    26. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - butternut chili.

    How about just 20 minute hands on prep time and let the crockpot cook for you tonight? This delicious and hearty chili is full of tender butternut squash, ground turnkey, black beans and kidney beans along with bell peppers. It’s a MUST for chilly winter nights.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    27. Mexican Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - Mexican stuffed zucchini.

    These Mexican stuffed Zucchini Boats are a lighter version of your favorite stuffed squash. They’re a super satisfying way to get a tons of healthy veggies while watching your carbs.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    28. Summer Squash Sauté

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - summer squash sauté.

    Want to whip up something easy and quick? Look no further. This Easy One Skillet Summer Squash skillet Is made with Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, And Parmesan Cheese. So colorful and pretty. Yumm…

    Get the Recipe @ twopeasandtheirpod

    29. Creamy Orzo Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - orzo with butternut squash.

    Simple pasta taken up notch with a simple fall favorite ingredient… your favorite butternut squash. This is a great one pot meal option for meatless night, or you can pair this one any of your chicken dishes. This creamy orzo pasta gets mixed in with roasted butternut squash, kale, parmesan cheese and fresh sage.

    Get the Recipe @ vikalinka

    30. Black Bean and Butternut Squash Casserole

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - black bean and butternut casserole.

    This Black Bean and Butternut Squash Casserole is for you if you like Mexican food. It’s loaded with veggies and black beans and corn tortillas and jam packed with all your favorite Mexican flavors. Perfect for weeknight dinners.

    Get the Recipe @ juliasalbum

    31. Sweet Potato, Squash and Kale Buddha Bowl

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - Buddha bowl.

    This Buddha bowl is a super healthy, nutrient packed meal. It features, sweet potato, butternut squash, mushrooms, chickpeas and more!

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlonbloor

    32. Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - enchilada stuffed acorn squash.

    This beef enchilada stuffed acorn squash is a real treat. These squash bowls are stuffed with Mexican spiced ground beef and topped with pico de gallo, avocado and cilantro. Yum!

    Get the Recipe @ thedefineddish

    33. Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - spaghetti squash scampi.

    This shrimp scampi spaghetti squash is simply spectacular. It’s buttery and garlicky, and it has half the calories than if it was a normal pasta. It’s also covered in freshly grated parmesan. You have to try this one!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    34. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

    These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are light and tender treats full of warm spices and plenty of chocolate chips. Pumpkin muffins make for a great dessert, after school snack or fall party treats. They’re loaded with gooey chocolate chips and plenty of pumpkin spice flavor. This is THE muffin recipe for all the pumpkin spice lovers.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    35. Twice Baked Butternut Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - twice baked butternut squash.

    Looking for some new delicious holiday side dish? Try this twice baked butternut squash. It has all the flavors of perfectly baked butternut squash with Greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, bacon and salted maple pecans.

    Get the Recipe @ ambitiouskitchen

    36. Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - chicken pesto spaghetti squash.

    This chicken pesto spaghetti squash is super cheesy, and surprisingly low-carb. The chicken breasts, red onions, red peppers, pesto, and bocconcini cheese combine for a protein packed meal.

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlonbloor

    37. Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Zucchini, Squash and Tomatoes

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - roasted zucchini, squash and tomato.

    This sheet pan veggie dish is full of flavors with roasted zucchini, squash and tomatoes with garlic, parmesan cheese and herbs. Perfect colorful side that pairs well with chicken or beef.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    38. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Sausage Chili

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - pumpkin chili.

    Here’s a great cozy warmer for fall. Pumpkin Chili is loaded with white and black beans and Italian pork sausages. Plus, it has that pumpkin flavor so many go wild for when the temperatures start to dip.

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    39. Italian Sausage Butternut Squash Soup

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - sausage butternut soup.

    Now imagine a bowl of spicy Italian sausage along with white beans and tomatoes in as pureed butternut squash based soup. It’s going to be very, very delicious and rich and creamy in every single spoon. You are going to come back for seconds

    Get the Recipe @ easyweeknightrecipes

    40. Zucchini Fritters

    The 40 BEST Squash Recipes - zucchini fritters.

    We’re ending this amazing squash recipes collection with everyone’s favorite fritters… made with zucchini! These zucchini fritters are delicious and you can’t simply stop at one. So make a big stack and munch on…

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    So there you go, forty amazing squash recipes. Now the question is, which one will you cook first?

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    The 40 BEST Ways to Cook Squash

    This collection of great Squash Recipes covers the most popular varieties - yellow, zucchini, acorn, butternut, spaghetti and pumpkin. One of our favorites is this sausage stuffed acorn squash:


    • 2 acorn squash
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 lb pork Italian sausage
    • 1 small apple, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 small yellow red pepper, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp dried thyme
    • 1 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan + 2 Tbsp for topping (see note 1)
    • Salt to taste


      1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice smallest portion off from top and bottom of the squash so it will sit nicely on the plate when flipped. Cut the squash in the middle (not through the stem) and put it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush olive oil all over the fleshy side and put them face down back on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until squash is fork tender.
      2. While squash is in the oven, start cooking the stiffing. Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté onions till caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Add in bell peppers and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
      3. Add in sausage and crumble it with a spatula until it is brown. Add in chopped apple along with thyme, red chili flakes, salt and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in parmesan cheese.
      4. Stuff the acorn squash with the stuffing and sprinkle some more parmesan on top.
      5. Switch the oven to broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Keep a close eye while broiling so as not to burn the cheese topping.


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