This family of gourds offers many varieties: acorn, butternut, spaghetti and more exotic types. Whether you picked a few up or a have a bounty of squash from your own garden, there are many ways to cook with squash this fall!
7 Ways to Cook with Squash
Roasting squash is simple – but there are a few different ways to do it. Perhaps the most common way is to remove the seeds from the squash, peel it, and dice or chop the “meat” of the vegetable.
Then, you toss the pieces in oils, herbs, and spices depending on the type of flavor you want to achieve.
- Fall Spiced Squash: 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon clove, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup coconut oil for an average sized squash.
- Savory Squash: 1 tablespoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon sage, 1/3 cup olive oil for an average sized squash.
Spread the seasoned pieces on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Toss the squash pieces once halfway through cooking.
We’re all familiar with pumpkin pie – well, pumpkin isn’t the only type of squash that can make a great pie! In fact, any squash will work to make a delicious pie. The most common squash used for pie is butternut. The process is basically the same as making a pumpkin pie from scratch no matter what type of squash you’re using. This tutorial shares how to make butternut squash pie.
Diced squash is a delicious addition to hearty fall soups and even chili!
There are many delicious ways to stuff a squash. Try one of these:
- This roasted butternut squash with cranberry-apple walnut stuffing just screams fall!
- Make a hearty meal of acorn squash with sausage and apple stuffing.
- This jalapeno popper stuffed spaghetti squash kicks it up a notch!
One of the simplest (and kid-friendly!) ways to enjoy squash is to mash it up just like potatoes. The process is the same: boil up diced squash until it’s tender, add milk, butter, and spices (try the same combinations as we used for the roasted squash above!), then mash it by hand or with a mixer. Delicious!
Breads + Bars
Once again, pumpkin gets all the glory as the squash of choice for baked goods, but you can really use any type of squash just as you would use pumpkin. The flavor is different – you may want to add more sugar to your recipe when using one of the less sweet varieties like acorn squash.
Do you know how spaghetti squash got its name? It’s because inside, the “meat” of this type of squash is made up of pasta-like strands that you can use as a healthy, low-carb substitute for pasta!
Squash is a healthy, frugal vegetable you definitely want to make use of this fall. What are your favorite ways to use squash?