Mouthwatering Squash Recipes You'll Want To Try Tonight

What do you think of squash? No, not the game ... the food! If you're like a lot of people, squash may not find itself on your dinner table on a regular basis. Those who didn't grow up eating the veggie might not think about incorporating it into some of their favorite dishes. But that's a shame, because if you know how to cook squash well, it can actually be one of the tastiest veggies around.

No worries, though. Here at Mashed, we want to help you explore the world of squash so you're not missing out on its deliciousness. After all, there are so many different ways you can play with this ingredient, no matter what foods you like. After you figure out how to prepare a few squash recipes, you'll basically be a pro.

Whether you're trying to use up a squash you got in a random produce basket or you're simply trying to work more veggies into your meal plan, you're going to fall head over heels in love with these dishes. And just for the record, these aren't strictly fall recipes. All of them are perfect to make and enjoy any time of the year.

Simple roasted butternut squash

Butternut squash is a type of squash you'll find quite frequently on restaurant menus and at your local grocery store. Whether you buy a whole fresh squash or decide to use the frozen stuff, butternut squash is rich and delicious. If you want to prepare it in a no-fuss way, you can whip up this simple roasted butternut squash recipe. One thing that will take this dish to the next level? Spice. Don't forget to add chili flakes to this one.

Creamy butternut squash stuffed shells

If you want to serve squash in a totally unique way, this creamy butternut squash stuffed shells recipe is exactly what you're looking for. We're not lying: This dish is incredibly creamy, and the squash makes the absolute perfect filling for the pasta shells. Of course, adding plenty of cheese to the dish really takes it to the next level, which is why you'll need to have two and a half cups of ricotta cheese on hand when you get ready to make this recipe. Your tastebuds and your stomach will thank us later.

Butternut squash soup

When you hear the words "butternut squash," the first thing that likely comes to mind is soup. After all, that's what a lot of people make with this veggie. While there are plenty of tasty ways to incorporate butternut squash into meals, it's hard to deny that the soup it makes is one of the best. If you want to try some for yourself, you just have to cook up our butternut squash soup recipe. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need a blender, so make sure you have one on hand before getting started.

Spaghetti squash lasagna casserole

If you're trying to eat less carbs, this unfortunately means cutting down on pasta, which isn't anyone's favorite thing to do. But if you're craving a tasty helping of lasagna, don't fret, because you don't have to forgo your culinary desires completely. Instead, you can make this spaghetti squash lasagna casserole. You're not going to believe how good it tastes. You can make this casserole in just over an hour, which makes it the ultimate dish for weeknight dinner.

Easy acorn squash

Among the different types of squash, acorn squash doesn't get the hype it deserves. If you haven't tried it before, you have to give it a shot. It has a nice mild flavor that pairs well with many different dishes. Therefore, you should definitely try this easy acorn squash recipe, which is complete with brown sugar and butter. The prep time takes a mere ten minutes, so you can have it ready in just about no time. Bake it for an hour, and before you know it, you'll have the perfect veggie side for your meal.

Creamy winter squash soup

So, you've already tried our butternut squash soup and loved it, and now you're out looking for the next best thing? Well, we have just the recipe for you. Get ready to try our creamy winter squash soup, which adds a complexity of flavor you won't be able to get enough of. The best part of this dish is the spices — you can really go wild with adding plenty of spices to suit your tastebuds. And don't forget to top your bowl off with pepitas and sour cream, as they provide just the right amount of texture to the soup.

Butternut squash stuffed shells

Did you like our other squash-stuffed shells so much that you're coming back for more? Well, give this butternut squash stuffed shells recipe a try next, and decide which one you like better. Adding sausage and spinach to the mix adds some protein and fiber and will make this dish feel like a complete meal. Plus, you'll be able to switch up the cheese and try something new here, which is always fun. Just be warned: This dish does take some time to make, so be prepared to be in the kitchen for a while. No worries though, because it's not a difficult recipe to master, and the finished product will make you drool.