Though summer tends to reap all the produce glory, winter produce includes a host of hearty, resilient vegetables built to withstand the cold, making them the perfect additions to the warm, comforting dishes we crave throughout the colder months. Of these, perhaps the heartiest of all are the many varieties of winter squash. Whether you’re just learning how to prepare the standard butternut or acorn, or want to branch out with some lesser-known squash varieties, we’ve got the lowdown on incorporating all of these sturdy veggies into your cooking.
Boasting stunning shapes and patterns, and dressed in an eye-catching autumnal color palette, winter squash are undoubtedly some of the most exciting pieces of cool weather produce to shop for. Of course, once you have these gorgeous gourds home from the market, it’s all too easy to fall into a rut of simply slicing and roasting. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying deliciously caramelized chunks of butternut squash as an no-thought-necessary side dish, for sure; but these hard-shelled beauties have more to offer. From acorn to spaghetti squash, here are some of our favorite ways to make the most of winter squash.
For me, butternut squash had always been a veggie you roasted as a side dish, pureed into a soup, or cooked into a stew. But lately more usual butternut squash variations at restaurants have been grabbing my eye and convincing me to try them. Each displayed the sweet, nutty winter squash in a uniquely delicious way.