Squash is a year-round pleasure, with different varieties of the vegetable coming into season during different months throughout the year. From summer's zucchini to autumn's pumpkin harvest, there is so much of this lasting vegetable category to take advantage of.
As we near the height of holiday shopping and eating for 2012, the winter's prime squashes come into their peak. Winter squashes include butternut squash, acorn squash, delicata squash, spaghetti squash and more. These sweet, meaty gourds are perfect ingredients to experiment with all season long.
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We've gathered our favorite winter squash recipes here to get you started. Try them all and feel free to riff on them to create your own delicious squash dishes this season.
How do you prepare winter squash? Let us know in the comments section below.
Winter Squash Soup - Rich and creamy with the delicious hint of nuttiness to warm the soul on a cold winter day.
Browned Butternut Squash Couscous - A perfect, light yet filling lunch for any day of the week.
Delicata Squash with Roasted Mushrooms and Thyme - A hearty salad great with roasted chicken or strip steak.
Beef Ragu Over Spaghetti Squash - Squash is the ultimate pasta stand-in in this hearty dinner dish.
Penne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Ham - This seasonal pasta dish is a great way to make use of Christmas dinner leftovers.
Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash - Meaty and rich yet lightly sweet, this tastes sinful yet is full of nutrients.
Warm Spaghetti Squash Salad - There are more ways to prepare spaghetti squash than just throwing on some marinara sauce. This lemon-heavy dish proves just that.
Pinto Bean Chili with Corn and Winter Squash - Little beans and corn make for a good chili on a cool winter day. Adding squash gives some added texture and nutrition.