The best squash recipes to eat this autumn

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.  

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Chicken and Squash Cacciatore from Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

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.

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Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash with Tahini from Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats by Rachel Ama

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.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup from Foolproof Cooking by Mary Berry

“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.

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Spinach, Squash and Sweet Potato Dhal from Green: Veggie And Vegan Meals For No-Fuss Weeks And Relaxed Weekends by Elly Pear

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!

 
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Squash and Sausage Risotto from Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver

Jamie uses squash in this recipe for an added hit of Vitamins A and C, paired with sausages, radicchio, thyme and Pamesan.

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Winter Squash and Feta Gratin from My Kitchen Table: 100 Vegetarian Feasts by Sophie Grigson

This six-ingredient gratin pairs squash with salty feta, topped with Parmesan breadcrumbs and baked until golden and bubbling.

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One-Pan Creamy Squash Pasta from Stirring Slowly: Recipes to Restore and Revive by Georgina Hayden

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.  

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