Winter squashes, like butternut, kabocha, acorn, and delicata, fall into the category of foods that are super versatile and always handy to have around. Sure, they'll keep for a while sitting in a dark corner on your countertop, but there's a much better way to put them to use — even when you don't have any specific recipes in mind.
Roast a batch (or two) of your favorite kind of squash over the weekend, and you'll be amazed at all the ways you can use it in meals, from breakfast through dinner, all week long.
1. In quiches or frittatas.
I will forever love quiche and frittatas for their supreme versatility. While they're ideal for breakfast and brunch, they also make a good lunch and a satisfying dinner. Fill them with whatever you have handy, including small cubes of roasted squash.
- Winter Greens & Gruyere Tart with a Cornmeal Millet Crust
- Fresh Herb, Potato, and Goat Cheese Frittata (swap the potato for squash)
2. In muffins.
After the squash is roasted, blend it until smooth and use it as a substitute for pumpkin purée in your favorite muffin recipe.
3. In salads.
Salads are the perfect solution when you have a tiny bit of leftover squash you want to use up. Add roasted squash for a colorful and flavorful addition to both green salads and grain salads alike.
4. In soups.
Autumn isn't complete without at least one version of squash soup. Roast your favorite squash, then blend it into a creamy and comforting soup.
5. In curries.
Sweet winter squash, like butternut, kabocha, and acorn, perfectly complement warm, spicy curries.
6. In quesadillas or tacos.
Because really, what can't you stuff inside a tortilla? Roasted squash is an ideal, vegetarian-friendly way to give quesadillas and tacos a hearty, seasonal spin.
- Pumpkin Quesadillas with Lime-Jalapeño Yogurt
- Miso-Maple Sweet Potato Tacos with Coconut-Cilantro Sauce (swap squash for the sweet potatoes)
7. In pasta dishes.
Whether you add it to stuffed shells or lasagna, or simply toss it with some penne or fettuccine, roasted winter squash will always be a welcome addition to pasta.
8. On pizza.
If you've never tried roasted squash as a pizza topping, let this be the season you change that. Butternut squash is my favorite, but really, any variety will work well.