32 Winter Squash Recipes to Squash the Cold-Weather Blues

From cast-iron squash pudding to squash-and-pork dumplings, these winter squash recipes will warm your cold soul

Sure, summer squash comes around when everything's rainbows and sunshine, but the winter variety is there for you through the bitter cold. And there are so many types—from butternut squash and spaghetti squash to kabocha, and of course pumpkin—, perfect for squash recipes both savory and sweet.

Winter soups get a boost of sweetness with squash: silky-smooth Dominican cream of pumpkin soup becomes rich with just a quick purée of roasted squash, while a delicata squash-and-pear soup is layered with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Then there's pasta: think pappardelle tossed with walnuts, roasted butternut squash with a brown butter sauce; or an elegant, open-faced lasagna offsetting smoked caciocavallo cheese with acorn squash. Need a side dish for a meaty main? Our best winter squash side dish recipes help pad out the menu. For sweet squash recipes, nothing beats pumpkin pie, a classic recipe using pumpkin purée enriched with evaporated milk and brown sugar, then spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Our maple pumpkin brûlée pie uses maple syrup to make the filling ever richer, while torching the pie just before serving gives it a crunchy, caramelized top for added flair.

From cast-iron squash pudding to squash-and-pork dumplings, here are 32 winter squash recipes that will keep you warm through the winter.

Cast-Iron Squash Pudding

cast-iron squash pudding
This luscious, cakelike pudding, made with milk-poached butternut squash batter and crowned with caramel-drenched delicata, rides the line perfectly between side dish and dessert, "kind of like yams with marshmallows," says Joe Beef's Red Morin, who serves it with caramel sauce or sweetened whipped cream. Get the recipe for Cast-Iron Squash Pudding »Christina Holmes

Herbed Squash Confit

Herbed Squash Confit
The spongelike nature of summer squash makes it an ideal candidate to confit; pile the tender shreds on crostini for a summery appetizer. Get the recipe for Herbed Squash Confit »Matt Taylor-Gross
Grilled Lamb Chops and Squash with Herb Salad and Sunchokes

Grilled Lamb Chops and Squash with Herb Salad and Sunchokes

Blanching the squash pieces in this dish, adapted from a recipe by chef Dan Moss of Terroir Auburn in Clare Valley, Australia, helps to tenderize their skins and flesh so they're not undercooked when the outside is grilled to perfection. A creamy sunchoke purée and tart herb salad round out the grilled squash and lamb chops.Matt Taylor-Gross
Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings

Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings

This delicate seasonal dumpling is stuffed with squash, spiced pork, ginger, and scallion. Get the recipe for Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings »Matt Taylor-Gross
Butternut Squash Boulangers

Butternut Squash Boulangère

Braised squash with bacon and onions is an easy crowd-pleaser with loads of deep, caramelized flavors. Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Boulangère »Matt Taylor-Gross
Shopsin's Pumpkin Pancakes

Shopsin's Pumpkin Pancakes

Chef Kenny Shopsin serves this popular breakfast dish at his much-loved namesake restaurant in New York City's Essex Street Market.Todd Coleman
Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Baby Kale

Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Baby Kale

Toasted walnuts, roasted butternut squash, baby kale, and a rich brown butter sauce combine over broad pappardelle noodles for a dish that perfectly captures fall's best flavors.Helen Rosner
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

Pumpkin Spoon Halva with Cardamom Syrup

Pumpkin Spoon Halva with Cardamom Syrup
Just three ingredients—pumpkin, coconut milk, and salt—combine to make a simple spoon pudding, sweetened with cardamom-scented golden syrup and topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds.Farideh Sadeghin

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

Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal (Cozido de Grão)

Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal (Cozido de Grão)
Chickpeas are bolstered with spicy sausage and three kinds of meat in a filling stew served at País das Uvas in Vila de Frades, Portugal. Get the recipe for Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal »Todd Coleman

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

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

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

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
Seasonal Squash Tart

Seasonal Squash Tart

Get creative with the topping for this tart, which will help to really stretch leftover squash and other vegetables. Store-bought puff pastry makes a simple dish even simpler. Get the recipe for Seasonal Squash Tart »Anna Stockwell
Chilean Vegetables Stew

Chilean Vegetables Stew

This rustic comfort food has ancient origins with the Mapuche people of South America, but remains a humble staple for home cooks in Chile today. Traditionally made using dried beef called charqui, this vegetarian version can be served plain as a side dish or topped with a fried egg for a simple meal.Maxime Iattoni
Lemon-and-Herb-Roasted Vegetables

Lemon-and-Herb-Roasted Vegetables

Chopped whole lemon and spicy fresh ginger lend brightness to hearty roasted vegetables including sweet potatoes, acorn squash, and carrots.
Roasted Pumpkin Pie

Roasted Pumpkin Pie

Roasting the pumpkin will add sweetness and rich flavor to this holiday favorite.Todd Coleman
Argentine Hominy Stew (Locro)

Argentine Hominy Stew (Locro)

This creamy, slightly sweet stew is made with squash, hominy, and several kinds of meat.Virginie Blanchère
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie

This pie packs in all the spicy sweetness of your traditional pumpkin pie, with the added bonus of a creamy pumpkin ice cream filling.Maxime Iattoni
Peanut and Chicken Stew (Mafe Ginaar)

Peanut and Chicken Stew (Mafe Ginaar)

For this delicious, sumptuous stew, you can make your own peanut butter or use a natural store-bought version to get the right silky texture and pure peanut flavor.Todd Coleman

Open-Faced Lasagna with Acorn Squash and Smoked Caciocavallo

Open-Faced Lasagna with Acorn Squash and Smoked Caciocavallo
This layerless lasagna recipe from Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri uses an egg-rich dough, but store-bought fresh pasta sheets can be substituted.Andre Baranowski
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone

This batter also makes delicious muffins, perfect for a day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.Anna Stockwell

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Old Fashioned
Mingling the orange-scented old fashioned with subtly sweet pumpkin yields a brilliantly colored seasonal cocktail.Anna Stockwell

Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama)

Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama)
This rosemary-accented crema de auyama—Dominican cream of pumpkin soup—is the perfect Thanksgiving treat.Farideh Sadeghin

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

Maple Pumpkin Brûlée Pie

Maple Pumpkin Brûlée Pie
Maple syrup is folded into the filling of this take on a classic. Just before serving, the chilled pie is brûléed, yielding a caramelized top with a dramatic crunch.Andrew Ingalls
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
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto

Basil and oregano add herbal brightness to butternut squash, browned butter, and hazelnuts in a sweet-savory pasta dish.Todd Coleman
Pear, Shallot, and Delicata Squash Soup

Pear, Shallot, and Delicata Squash Soup

Pear and autumn squash take on savory depth in this elegant soup, brightened by a splash of vinegar and a drizzle of maple syrup.Helen Rosner