Fresh Pumpkin and Squash Recipes

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.Christopher Hirsheimer
Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge)

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.Laura Sant
Squash Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

Squash Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

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

Pumpkin Halvah (Assidat al-Boubar)

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.Todd Coleman

Winter Squash and Apple Soup

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.Todd Coleman
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Arugula forms a peppery base of this squash salad and spiced sweet pecans add a layer of crunch.Anna Stockwell
Roasted Pumpkin Pie

Roasted Pumpkin Pie

Roasting the pumpkin will add sweetness and rich flavor to this holiday favorite.Todd Coleman

Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash

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.Maxime Iattoni

Broiled Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Miso Glaze

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.Maxime Iattoni
Pumpkin Mulled Wine

Pumpkin Mulled Wine

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

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.Todd Coleman

Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds

Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Crispy baked kale, sweet roasted squash, and peppery arugula and watercress are combined with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds in this colorful salad.Ariana Lindquist
Caribbean Pumpkin Soup

Caribbean Pumpkin Soup

Roast or sauté extra squash over the weekend (butternut or calabaza are perfect) to make quick weeknight work of this garlicky, spicy pumpkin soup.Penny De Los Santos

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust
Creamy pumpkin filling over a ginger cookie crust provides a comforting balance of sweetness and spice.Helen Rosner

Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir)

Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir)
Protein-rich red lentils and hearty butternut squash are transformed into a smooth, fragrant soup that's a perfect, simple meal served with flatbread.Penny De Los Santos