Now that it's September, we're counting down to squash season. From sweet butternut to stringy spaghetti to nutty acorn, we're big fans of these oddly shaped gourds. And as far as we're concerned, it isn't fall until you've searched for fall foliage, lit a woodsy-scented candle, and roasted a squash. Don't let their tough exterior intimidate you: Once you roast them for about an hour or so, you're rewarded with soft, sweet, and flavorful goodness that you can enjoy straight from the pan or add to salads or pizza. Below we've compiled a few of our favorite ways to enjoy these autumnal staples, spanning sweet-and-spicy stuffed acorn squash to butternut squash–topped pizza.
Scroll on for four fall squash recipes to make as soon as gourds hit the produce aisle.
SPAGHETTI SQUASH PASTA WITH BASIL PESTO
The Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Pasta With Basil Pesto
The Standout Ingredient: The pesto. The hearty sauce is made with sun-dried tomatoes instead of Parmesan (vegans, rejoice). It perfectly complements the delicate flavor and texture of the spaghetti squash, too.
The Pro Tip: This protein-packed meal comes together in an hour. "This would make the perfect quick weeknight meal when you're craving something comforting but not too heavy," advises Dana of The Minimalist Baker.
Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash
The Standout Ingredient: The chipotle peppers, chili powder, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The combination of the sweet and spicy flavors is what makes this dish a crowd-pleaser.
The Pro Tip: Add this recipe to your meal prep agenda to make your life easier. "The squash takes a little time, but there is nothing hard about them, and they can be made ahead of time and just thrown in the oven before dinner to reheat them and melt the cheese," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
ROASTED ACORN SQUASH Salad With MAPLE TAHINI DRESSING
The Standout Ingredient: The maple tahini dressing. It's nutty and sweet, merging two of fall's most quintessential flavors.
The Pro Tip: It's all about when you add the dressing. "Don't toss the tahini after you mix all the ingredients together or this salad will be goopy," warns Taylor of Food Faith Fitness. Instead she suggests tossing the spinach with the dressing by hand (so it's evenly distributed) before adding in the other ingredients and giving the whole thing a final toss.
Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Burrata Pizza
The Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Burrata Pizza
The Standout Ingredient: The butternut squash. When paired with fall flavors and ingredients like apples, fig preserves, sage, and toasted pumpkin seeds, this gourd shines.
The Pro Tip: Spread the thinly sliced apples out over the pizza dough after spreading the fig preserves but before adding the other toppings to ensure it's easy to slice once it comes out of the oven. "It's the perfect fall pizza, and you should probably make it ASAP," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. (We'll second that.)
What's your favorite fall squash recipe? Share it with us in the comments below.