Squash (winter)

For more info on winter squash, including care and storage tips, click here.

Recipes on this page:

Squash and Apple Puree     Scalloped Squash and Potatoes      Baked Squash with Herb Butter     Curried Squash/Apple Soup     Stuffed Squash     Roasted Squash with Blue Cheese     Winter Squash Soup     Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Soup     Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup     Vegetable Mixed Grill

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Squash and Apple Puree (return to top)
Makes 3 servings

  • 1 small winter squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 sweet apple, cored and cubed
  • 1 tsp butter
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste

Place squash, cut sides down, in glass baking dish. Prick skin all over with sharp knife. Microwave on high 10 minutes.
Put apple in a microwave-safe dish, covering with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Add it to oven with squash. Microwave on high 4-6 minutes, until tender.
Scoop squash flesh from skin. Press squash and apple through coarse sieve or medium disk of food mill.
Stir in the butter, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.

Scalloped Squash and Potatoes (return to top)

  • 3 c winter squash, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 2 c diced potatoes
  • 1/3 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 c chopped cooked ham
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 c light cream or milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

Place half of squash and potatoes in a greased 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle on half the onion and ham.
Whisk together together flour, parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg with cream or milk. Pour half the mixture over vegetables. Dot with half the butter. Repeat layers.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Baked Squash with Herb Butter (return to top)

  • 1 large winter squash
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Treat shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Halve squash and scoop out seeds and strings; brush cut sides with olive oil. Arrange squash halves, cut side down, in dish; cover with foil.
Bake at 375 degrees 1 hour, or until soft when pierced with a fork or knife.
In saucepan, melt butter; stir in herbs and cheese until well blended.
Scoop flesh from squash and place in serving bowl. Drizzle squash with butter/herb mixture, or serve butter on side. Serve hot.

Curried Squash/Apple Soup (return to top)
Makes 8-10 servings

  • 1/4 c butter
  • 2 c chopped onion
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 4 tsp curry powder
  • 2 medium winter squash (or 1 large) peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3 c water
  • 1 c cider
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.

Melt butter in heavy pot; add onions, celery, and curry powder. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until vegetables are tender.
Add squash, apples, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20–30 minutes, or until squash and apples are tender. Drain and reserve liquid.
Puree apple-squash mixture with one cup of cooking liquid. Return to pot.
Add cider and as much of cooking liquid as needed to reach desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Reheat if necessary, and serve.

Stuffed Squash (return to top)

  • 2 small winter squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/4 c butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 c dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans
  • 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Place squash cut side down in baking pan with 1/4 inch of water in bottom. Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes or until squash is tender. (Or place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe
container. Add a little water. Microwave on high 5-7 minutes, or until squash is tender.)
In saucepan, combine butter, cherries, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon and heat until butter melts. Mix well.
Spoon one-quarter of the cherry mixture into cavity of each squash half. Serve immediately.

Roasted Squash with Blue Cheese (return to top)

  • 4 lb buttercup or similar squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp minced fresh dill
  • 1/3 c crumbled blue cheese

Place squash cut side up in a shallow baking pan.
Mix melted butter, basil, thyme and dill. Brush over squash. Cover and bake at 375 degrees 35-60 minutes depending on variety, until tender.
Uncover; sprinkle with blue cheese. Return to oven until cheese melts. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Winter Squash Soup (return to top)

  • 6 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed winter squash
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, in pieces

Cook onions in butter in pot until tender. Add squash, broth, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes or until squash is tender.
Puree squash. Return to saucepan. Add cream cheese, and heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and soup is very hot. Add more broth or water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Do not allow to boil.

Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Soup (return to top)

  • 1 medium sugar pumpkin, skinned and cubed, or one large butternut squash
  • Oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • Garlic to taste
  • Stock (vegetable, chicken, or beef)
  • I can (14 ounces) Unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2+ tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt, pepper, and chili to taste
  • Seasonings: cardomom pods, cloves, or cumin

In a stock pot cook the onions and garlic in oil until soft. Add the pumpkin, coconut milk, and stock until pumpkin pieces are covered. Add the peanut butter and all the spices and simmer until thick and mushy. Remove bay leaves and cardamom before serving. You can also put the soup in the blender for a smoother consistency.

Cilantro-Yogurt Topping:

  • 1 cup nonfat yogurt
  • 1-2 cups chopped cilantro, keep some aside for garnish
  • Garlic and black pepper to taste
  • 2-4 fresh jalapeno chillis
  • Unsalted sunflower seeds to thicken mixture

Mix in blender and then swirl on top of the soup in individual bowls.

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup (return to top)
8 servings

  • 2T butter
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or chicken stock
  • ¼ t. ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces spinach leaves, coarsely chopped

Heat butter in a large saucepan.
Add onion; cook until tender.
Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds
Stir in squash and carrots; cook for 5 minutes
Stir in broth and cinnamon. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
Add the spinach and stir until it wilts.

Vegetable Mixed Grill (return to top)

  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 yellow or patty pan squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1 large red onion, in thick slices
  • 1/2 lb. shiitake or button mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 large bell pepper, in chunks
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley

Combine oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in zipper-lock plastic bag. Add vegetable pieces. Seal, and marinate at room temperature 20 minutes or in the refrigerator several hours. Drain and reserve marinade.
Grill vegetables, stirring, in preheated, oiled slotted wok over hot coals. Remove items as they become tender. Drizzle cooked vegetables with reserved marinade. Top with parsley. Serve hot or at room temperature.