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This collection of dietitian-designed winter squash recipes will give you tons of inspiration for how to cook butternut squash, spaghetti squash, delicata, acorn, and even pumpkin! These recipes are all easy, nutritious, and unique. You’ll find options for side dishes, mains, soups, salads, and appetizers, along with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options!

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In this post, you’ll find 25+ healthy winter squash recipe ideas from the blog along with some squash nutrition facts! Keep scrolling or click on the following sections to go straight to them:

  1. winter squash nutrition benefits
  2. butternut squash recipes
  3. spaghetti squash recipes
  4. delicata, acorn, kabocha, and honeynut squash recipes
  5. pumpkin recipes (using both fresh pumpkin + canned puree)

I’d love to know which of these squash recipes you end up making. Let’s get cooking!

Winter Squash Nutrition Benefits

While each variety will have it’s unique nutrition profile, in general winter squashes are a good source of:

  • carotenoids, like beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), lutein, and zeaxanthin – thanks to their rich orange and yellow hues. These carotenoids act as powerful antioxidants!
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin B6
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • dietary fiber

Butternut Squash Recipes

Butternut squash is probably the most well-known and popular winter squash variety. In this section you’ll find ideas for what to make with butternut squash, including soups, salads, mains, sides, and appetizers!

1) Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup

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This roasted butternut squash and red pepper soup is made with coconut milk, ginger, and smoked paprika. It's so creamy, delicious, and comforting! Plus, it's easy to make, using only 8 healthy ingredients. Recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. 
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2) Kale Butternut Squash Salad

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This kale butternut squash salad is made with delicious ingredients like farro, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. It's easy, healthy, and so satisfying!
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3) Cheesy Butternut Squash Rice Bowl

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This cheesy butternut squash rice bowl with sautéed shrimp is so comforting, nourishing, and absolutely delicious. It's healthy, easy to make, and just perfect for batch cooking or meal prep!
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4) Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Soup

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This creamy roasted butternut squash and pear soup is so easy, healthy, and comforting. It’s dairy-free and packs in a ton of fibre, too. It’s perfect for fall or any time you feel like a cozy bowl of soup!
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5) Roasted Butternut Squash With Kale & Spicy Coconut Cream

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This Roasted Butternut Squash is paired with crispy kale, crunchy almonds, and drizzled with a spicy coconut cream sauce. An easy, delicious, and healthy twist on a seasonal vegetable side dish!
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6) Winter Pasta Salad

winter pasta salad with roasted butternut squash, mushrooms, broccoli, arugula, and shrimp in a bowl
This Winter Pasta Salad is made with oven-roasted butternut squash, broccoli, and mushrooms, as well as arugula, shrimp, and a thyme-mustard vinaigrette. This recipe is easy, healthy, and can be made dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegan if needed.
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7) Butternut Squash Breakfast Hash

Overhead photo of a kale butternut squash hash with eggs in a pan.
This butternut squash hash with eggs and kale is such a delicious, easy, and cozy breakfast idea! All you need are 9 simple ingredients. Recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, and can easily be made dairy-free as well.
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8) Easy Butternut Squash Pancakes

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These butternut squash pancakes are made with oats, eggs, and warming spices! They're super easy to make in a blender, only 7 ingredients (plus toppings) and add a nutritious punch to breakfast. Recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free.
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9) Cheesy Sautéed Butternut Squash

Sautéed butternut squash cubes in a white serving bowl.
This sautéed butternut squash recipe is paired with garlic, shallots, rosemary, thyme, and parmesan cheese. Cubed and cooked on the stovetop, this recipe is easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. Serve it as a veggie side dish for breakfast or dinner!
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10) Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie

Butternut squash smoothie in two glasses.
This spiced butternut squash smoothie tastes like fall in a glass! It's made with canned butternut squash puree (or use pumpkin!), which makes this recipe come together in just minutes. Creamy and nourishing, this healthy smoothie is packed with nutrition benefits and is free of added sugars.
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11) Roasted Butternut Squash Dip

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These healthy roasted vegetable dip recipes are made with greek yogurt, tahini, fresh herbs, spices, and toasted nuts. Featuring 3 different recipe ideas, including roasted carrots, beets, and butternut squash!
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Spaghetti Squash Recipes

When cooked, this squash produces “spaghetti-like” strands that you can scrape out with a fork! It’s such a delicious squash option that I love as the base of a main meal. Bonus: eating straight out of the squash “boat” is super fun and results in less dishes 😉

12) Spaghetti Squash With Pesto & Shrimp

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This healthy spaghetti squash recipe is served with a kale miso pesto and sautéed shrimp. It's dairy-free, gluten-free, and high in fibre and protein. All you need is 10 ingredients!
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13) Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce & Goat Cheese

Baked spaghetti squash boat stuffed with tomato sauce and goat cheese.
This easy baked spaghetti squash recipe is stuffed with tomato sauce, goat cheese, and spinach. It's a simple, healthy, and super comforting vegetarian dinner idea. All you need are 7 ingredients!
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14) Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Casserole

baked spaghetti squash casserole with tempeh bolognese in white baking dish
This Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Casserole is packed with vegetables and protein. Spaghetti squash is cooked and mixed with a tasty homemade tempeh bolognese, then topped with freshly grated parmesan and oven-baked for a delicious weeknight dinner. Vegan/dairy-free option available.
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15) Mexican-Inspired Spaghetti Squash Boats

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These Mexican-Inspired Spaghetti Squash Boats are packed with yummy, nutritious ingredients like shrimp, peppers, corn, salsa, avocado, and melty cheese. They're easy to make and super cozy for dinner! Recipe is gluten-free and can be made vegetarian and/or vegan if desired.
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Delicata & Acorn Squash Recipes

Delicata and acorn squash are two of my other favourite varieties. I find they have a bit of an earthier flavour compared to butternut.

What I love about them is that the skin is super delicate and can actually be eaten once cooked! There’s no reason to waste the skin and the skin of vegetables is often packed with tons of nutrients 🙂

16) Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash

overhead photo of 4 halves of delicata squash stuffed with kale and quinoa and topped with goat cheese, pomegranates, and thyme on white parchment paper
This delicata squash stuffed with quinoa and kale is a delicious vegetarian side dish. Topped with goat cheese, pomegranate, and a simple red wine vinegar dressing, this recipe is packed with nutrients and full of flavour.
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17) Maple Roasted Delicata Squash

Maple roasted delicata squash rings with pecans, goat cheese, and thyme on a white plate.
This roasted delicata squash recipe is made with maple syrup, cinnamon, goat cheese, toasted pecans, and thyme. It's sweet, savoury, and packed with so much flavour. An easy, healthy, vegetarian side dish!
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18) Roasted Acorn Squash With Parmesan & Sage

Overhead photo of roasted acorn squash slices on a white plate.
This recipe for roasted, savoury slices of acorn squash is easy to make, and a nourishing vegetarian side dish. The slices of acorn squash (with the skin on!) are tossed in a garlic-thyme-parmesan cheese seasoning, and baked until lightly browned and fork-tender. The roasted squash is then drizzled with a simple homemade sage butter. Serve hot, and enjoy!
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19) Savory Roasted Honeynut Squash

Savory roasted honeynut squash halves on a serving platter.
This oven-roasted honeynut squash recipe is incredibly easy to make, seasoned with savory ingredients like thyme, rosemary, garlic, and parmesan. It's the perfect warm, cozy, and nourishing veggie side dish!
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20) Kale & Delicata Squash Salad With Maple Tahini

massaged kale salad topped with delicata squash, apples, pecans, and cranberries
This easy vegan massaged kale salad is made with a maple tahini dressing, roasted delicata squash, apples, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries. Delicious!
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21) Curried Kabocha Squash Soup

Curried kabocha squash soup in a bowl.
This roasted kabocha squash soup is made with coconut milk, curry powder, and smoked paprika. It's smooth, creamy, and oh-so-nourishing on a cool evening. Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
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Pumpkin Recipes

Did you know that pumpkin is considered a winter squash, too?! Below you’ll find some recipes that use both fresh pumpkin and store-bought pumpkin puree in a variety of ways.

22) Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Quinoa & Feta

Overhead photo of a roasted pumpkin, arugula, feta, and quinoa salad on a white plate.
This roasted pumpkin salad is made with quinoa, feta, arugula (rocket), walnuts, and a simple balsamic dressing. It's a hearty side salad that can be enjoyed warm or cold. Recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, and can be made vegan.
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23) Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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Readers love these too-rated healthy breakfast cookies! They're soft, chewy, and so easy. Made with nutritious ingredients like oats, pumpkin, almond butter, nuts, and seeds – they're such a delicious, healthy treat you can enjoy for breakfast or at any time of the day. Recipe is gluten-free, flour-free, vegan, and freezer-friendly.
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24) Pumpkin Whipped Feta Dip

Overhead photo of pumpkin whipped feta in a bowl topped with walnuts, thyme, and honey.
This pumpkin whipped feta is paired with honey, walnuts, and fresh thyme. The recipe can be made in advance, with an option to serve as crostini. It's a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that your guests will love!
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25) Pumpkin Carrot Soup

Creamy pumpkin carrot soup in a bowl.
This easy, creamy pumpkin carrot soup recipe is made with canned pumpkin to cut down on cooking time! It's made with nutritious, healthy ingredients and is a vegan option, made without heavy cream. Spices like ginger, cumin, and cinnamon make things extra cozy!
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26) Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

pumpkin pie steel cut oatmeal in small bowl with toasted pecans and yogurt
This creamy pumpkin pie spiced steel cut oatmeal is the ultimate fall breakfast. With healthy ingredients, it's a great make-ahead option for meal prep! Recipe can easily be made vegan and/or gluten-free.
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More Recipe Roundups To Explore

And there you have it – 25+ Easy, Healthy Winter Squash Recipes to cook and enjoy. I so hope you found inspiration for some new and creative ways to cook with squash!

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Get the Recipe: 25+ Winter Squash Recipes, Including Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup

This roasted butternut squash and red pepper soup is made with coconut milk, ginger, and smoked paprika. It's so creamy, delicious, and comforting! Plus, it's easy to make, using only 10 healthy ingredients. Recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. 
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  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled + cubed (approx. 6 cups, cubed)
  • 3 med-large red bell peppers, cored + cut into quarters
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk, full-fat
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnish: fresh herbs (like parsley or basil), microgreens (as pictured), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Optional: a squeeze of lime juice


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Peel butternut squash with a vegetable peeler. Remove the seeds, and cut the squash into roughly 1/2 or 1-inch cubes. Place cubed squash on a baking sheet and toss in 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, tossing halfway.
  • Meanwhile, remove the core from the bell peppers and cut into 4 quarters. Place them on a separate baking sheet along with the garlic cloves. Toss in remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to the oven for 20 minutes, tossing halfway.
  • Heat the vegetable broth up on the stovetop while the veggies are in the oven.
  • Remove the squash, peppers, and garlic from the oven. Add them along with the vegetable broth, coconut milk, ginger, and smoked paprika to a high-speed blender. Season generously with salt and pepper. Blend on high for a couple minutes, until smooth. If you'd like your soup slightly thinner, feel free to add a splash more veggie broth and/or coconut milk.
  • Serve and add toppings as desired. Enjoy hot!


*LEFTOVERS: Remaining soup can be kept in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for 3-5 days. To keep for longer, soup can be frozen for up to 6 months. To reheat, simply warm it up on the stovetop or in the microwave! Be sure to stir soup to evenly distribute the heat.
*BLENDER: I use this Vitamix to blend my soups – it gets the job done in seconds! You can also use an immersion blender if you’d prefer.
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS: While this recipe tastes great as is, here are some ideas for how you can modify it:
  • If you’d like a bit of spice, feel free to add a pinch of red pepper flakes for that extra kick.
  • You don’t have to only use red bell peppers – feel free to use orange or yellow ones, too! I would avoid green peppers, though, as they don’t offer the same sweetness.
  • If you want to save time, you can roast frozen butternut squash cubes instead of cutting up a fresh one. There is no need to thaw the frozen squash before putting it in the oven.
  • If you feel like experimenting, you could try adding different veggies to this soup too. Something like roasted sweet potatoes, parsnips, leeks, celery, etc. could work well!


As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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