10 Simple Ways to Make Squash the Star Ingredient

10 Simple Ways to Make Squash the Star Ingredient

You see them in the grocery store every autumn — squash of many colors and varieties that look delicious. But how do you begin to learn how to prepare these fruits of fall and a Thanksgiving feast? It’s easier than you may think with these 10 simple ways to make squash the star ingredient in your recipes.

Peel and Prep a Butternut Squash

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The first step in learning how to add squash to your fall recipes is to start with learning how to peel it.

Carmelized Butternut Squash

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You’re only a handful of ingredients away from a delicious and simple way to prepare butternut squash. There’s never been a better time to see why everyone’s raving about this vegetable.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

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If the process of chopping a squash is keeping you from trying new recipes, be on the lookout for cubed butternut squash in your supermarket to save time in the kitchen.

Butternut Squash Soup

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Spices like marjoram and cayenne pepper pack this buttery and creamy butternut squash soup full of flavor.

Butternut Squash and Spicy Sausage Soup

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Once you’ve mastered peeling and roasting a butternut squash, this soup will be a staple at your dinner table. Spicy, hearty, and nutritious — serve with warm bread and a fresh salad for a perfect (and inexpensive) dinner.

Cooking with Spaghetti Squash

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If you’ve tried making spaghetti squash before, but didn’t get the results you anticipated, try this method. Learn how to make longer strands that actually resemble spaghetti noodles.

Cheese and Pepper Spaghetti Squash

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It doesn’t get much easier than this! Spaghetti squash in the microwave takes all of the difficulty out of preparation. Toss with olive oil and lots of romano cheese for a pasta dish without the pasta.

Roasted Shrimp Over Spaghetti Squash

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A light and healthy take on shrimp scampi, Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash is easy to prepare and accommodating to nearly all dietary restrictions.

Sweet-Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges

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Acorn squash wedges roasted with a buttery sauce of brown sugar and rosemary are simple to make.

Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

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This easy and flavorful recipe eases you into cooking with acorn squash. Walnuts and cranberries make this a perfect Thanksgiving side dish, especially for those on a grain-free or gluten-free diet.