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Savory Winter Squash Recipes

Nourish your body and comfort your soul with savory winter squash recipes this fall and winter season.

Winter Squash is an amazing source of nourishment. These squashes, in all their glorious varieties, provide calories and flavor while also storing well.

A stack of graphics with a photo of a basket of winter squash on top, text overlay in the middle, and a white cup of hubbard squash soup on the bottom.

Pumpkin tends to get most of the attention but there are so many other kinds. While they do lend themselves marvelously to sweet dishes and desserts let’s not overlook the savory uses either.

Make the most of those winter squashes for your fall and winter seasonal meals with these ideas.

Don’t Stress About Variety

Recipes abound but don’t worry about using the correct variety. Use buttercup instead of butternut, pumpkin instead of hubbard, etc.

There are subtle flavor differences, of course, but for the most part no recipe will be a failure when substituting one variety for another.

Butternut squash with its smooth sides is the easiest winter squash to peel with a regular vegetable peeler. The more ridged varieties can be peeled, however with a little more work. Use what’s on hand.

Cook the Entire Squash, Freeze the Excess

Winter squashes can mighty big things. There will likely be leftovers. For example, only 3 cups of cubes are needed for a pot of soup. Toss those cubes in the soup. Roast the other half of the squash in the oven and freeze that puree for use later.

Please note: it is not safe to can winter squash puree, the cubes can be processed in a pressure canner but not the puree.  Freeze the puree, please.

A variety of winter squashes in a basket.

Savory Winter Squash Recipes

Get inspired with these ideas for soups, side dishes, and main courses sure to please everyone at your table.


Whether pureed or chopped, winter squash makes for fine soup bases and additions

Side Dishes

A little winter squash in a variety of side dishes is perfect for man fall meals and feasts.

Main Dishes

Let the winter squash star in the main dish for weekday meals and feasts alike.

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Wednesday 19th of August 2020

Thank you so much for including my Vegan Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup with Winter Squash in this beautiful roundup, Kathie!


Friday 26th of October 2018

I just discovered your blog and LOVE it! All of your posts deeply resonate with my own mindset. So thank you! I wanted to ask how you recommend best storing autumn squash as you mentioned in this post.

Kathie Lapcevic

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

I generally keep winter squash in an unheated / unused guest bedroom for more tips:


Wednesday 26th of September 2018

It's so true! You can't have too much squash. It's essential in the fall. Thanks for including my recipe in your round-up!


Tuesday 1st of November 2016

Hi Kathie! I just wanted to thank you for including one of my recipes in your roundup. I'm in good company - I found so many awesome-looking new recipes, too! Thanks again!