Warming soups and comforting gratins, nutritious dahls and Friday night pasta, these recipes make the colder days and longer nights all seem worth it. They’re also wonderful dishes for celebrating hearty winter squash that really comes into its own during the colder months. Sweet and nutty, squash pairs well with salty flavours, like feta and pancetta, sausages and pork belly as well as with root vegetables, like beetroots and carrots, and herbs and spices, from cinnamon and chilli to sage and rosemary.
There are many varieties of squash and pumpkin (which you can often use interchangeably) beyond the more common butternut, so shop around; some have a denser flesh and hardier skin, some sweeter, some nuttier… there's a whole world of amazing squash to discover. Here are our favourite squash recipes to tuck into this autumn.
This comforting one-pan Italian stew contains three of your 5-a-day. With hearty squash, melt-off-the-bone chicken, red wine and chestnut mushrooms, this is a great dinner when you feel you need a warming hug.
Maple-glazed squash and beetroots tossed with tomatoes and lentils, cut through with a creamy balsamic and tahini dressing make this a hearty salad perfect for dinner or a packed lunch.
“This is no ordinary butternut squash soup”, says Mary, who has added red pepper and ginger for a soup that’s a little more uplifting. Roasting the squash first is a great way to get as much of its sweet, nutty flavour as possible.
A vegan dhal that is made for feeding a crowd at the weekend. Serve this up with Elly’s incredible cauliflower and spinach pakoras, yoghurt, naan and rice. A real feast!
Jamie uses squash in this recipe for an added hit of Vitamins A and C, paired with sausages, radicchio, thyme and Pamesan.
This six-ingredient gratin pairs squash with salty feta, topped with Parmesan breadcrumbs and baked until golden and bubbling.
You can't beat one-pan cooking, says Georgina Hayden, and we couldn't agree more. In this recipe, the pasta creates its own silky sauce from the stock and starch, making it deliciously rich and full of flavour.