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In fall and winter a beautiful array of orange-fleshed, hard-skinned squashes appear at the markets: dark green- and orange-skinned acorn squash; creamy and dense kabocha; diminutive delicata, with its thin, edible skin; spaghetti squash; and more. Each has its own particular characteristics, and we look forward to cooking with all of them—whether puréed, halved and roasted, or used to enrich hearty soups and stews. See a guide to our favorite varieties and their best uses »

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Risotto di Zucca, Porri, e Vongole (Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Clams)

The secret of good Italian home cooking resides in the ingredients themselves. This recipe, from Marcella Hazen, reflects the philosophy perfectly.
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Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge)

The Provençal version of this gratin calls for a French pumpkin called potiron, but a combination of acorn and butternut squash will make a good substitute.
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Squash Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

This Mexican take on a Cajun-style bread pudding is studded with cubes of squash and plump raisins.
"Pumpkin

Pumpkin Halvah (Assidat al-Boubar)

Like many traditional Emirati desserts, luscious pumpkin porridge (in Arabic it’s a halvah, or sweet food) straddles the line between sweet and savory. The dish thickens as it cools, so be sure to serve it while it’s still quite warm.
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Winter Squash and Apple Soup

A garnish of fried mushrooms and a drizzle of spiced mint butter adds elegance to a simple pureed vegetable soup.
"Roasted
Arugula forms a peppery base of this squash salad and spiced sweet pecans add a layer of crunch.
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Roasted Pumpkin Pie

Roasted Pumpkin Pie
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Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash

Braising—with a healthy dose of soy—is one of our favorite ways to bring out the texture and flavor of winter squash.
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Broiled Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Miso Glaze

It’s rare that we encounter spaghetti squash not shredded into its eponymous noodle-like threads. But kept intact, it reveals a beautifully yielding texture and a savory, subtle flavor that’s perfectly offset by a rich walnut-miso glaze.
"Pumpkin

Pumpkin Mulled Wine

A spiced, pumpkin-infused wine is a cozy take on cold-weather flavors.
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Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza (Pizza del Papa)

Antonio Starita, the owner of Pizzeria Starita in Naples, served this butternut squash-topped pizza to Pope John Paul II.
"Pumpkin

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust

Creamy pumpkin filling over a ginger cookie crust provides a comforting balance of sweetness and spice.

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