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20 pumpkin and squash recipes to spice up your fall

It’s the time of year when pumpkins and squash are adding their vibrant hues to supermarket produce sections and farmers markets. But they’re not there just to look pretty. You can add them to your diet for a healthy and tasty boost of vitamins and minerals.

Here are 20 recipes that showcase the flavors of pumpkin and squash – and their range.

Pumpkin Seed Pâté

If roasting those pumpkin seeds every year is feeling a bit tired, here’s another way to enjoy the seeds: as a spread.

Pumpkin Seed Pâté can be spread on crackers and more. Reprinted with permission from “Super Foods Super Fast” by Julie Montagu, 2016, Quadrille.Yuki Sugiura

Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

Combine these with semi-soft cheese, wheat crackers and pear slices for an appetizer. Or pack them in a glass jar and tie it with a ribbon for a gift.

Pumpkin spiced walnuts with a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce

Serve pumpkin spiced walnuts with ice cream and caramel sauce.Alicia Ross for Kitchen Scoop

Pumpkin or Butternut Squash Soup

Almost any winter squash can be substituted in this versatile recipe.

Bowls of butternut squash soup

Butternut Squash Soup, a recipe from “Joy of Cooking” by John Becker and Megan Scott, 2019, Scribner.Grant Butler | The Oregonian/Ore

Winter Nights Chili

If cooler weather has you craving a hearty bowl of chili, this version from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver features pork belly, beef brisket and butternut squash.

A person holds a bowl of chili

Winter Nights Chili, a recipe from “Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook,” by Jamie Oliver.David Loftus

Butternut Squash and Apple Waldorf Salad

Add a classic fall flavor to this classic salad, made a tad healthier by replacing the traditional mayonnaise with a combination of plain Greek yogurt and mayo.

Butternut squash and apple Waldorf salad

Butternut squash and apple Waldorf salad makes an ideal side dish or can be a meal on its own.Matthew Mead/AP

Butternut Squash, Mushroom and Sage Crepes

These crepes would do well at brunch or dinner.

Butternut Squash Mushroom and Sage Crepes

Butternut Squash, Mushroom and Sage Crepes, “Candle 79 Cookbook,” by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda.Rita Maas, Ten Speed Press

Pumpkin Oven Fries With Spicy Salsa

Here’s a different way to enjoy fries that’s both fun and better for you.

A plate of pumpkin fries.

Pumpkin Oven Fries With Spicy Salsa, reprinted with permission from “Pumpkin: 40 Mouthwatering Recipes,” 2014, Spruce.Stephen Conroy

Baked Penne With Pumpkin Cream Sauce and Buttery Crumb Topping

The sauce for this vegan casserole gets some sweetness from the pumpkin but has a nice savory flavor from the sage and onions.

Penne with pumpkin sauce

Baked Penne With Pumpkin Cream Sauce.

Better Not Squash Mac & Cheese

Get the gooey goodness of macaroni and cheese in a vegan version that’s also spicy.

Better Not Squash Mac and Cheese

Better Not Squash Mac & Cheese, from Maya Sozer’s “Easy Vegan Breakfasts & Lunches.”Maya Sozer, Page Street Publishing Co.

Mexican-Style Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti squash makes for a fun side dish, but it can also star in a casserole.

Comforting casseroles

Mexican-Style Spaghetti Squash Casserole, a recipe from the editors of America’s Test Kitchen. (Photo by Steve Klise, America’s Test Kitchen) Steve Klise

Butternut Squash Korma

Squash is a natural for braising, as in this Indian-style dish.

A pot of butternut squash korma

Butternut Squash Korma, from “Whole World Vegetarian,” © 2016 by Marie Simmons. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.Teri Lyn Fisher

Butternut and Tofu Laksa

This Chinese-Malay-inspired dish includes filling rice noodles and lots of texture.

Soups to freeze

Butternut and Tofu Laksa.LC-

Butternut Squash and Taleggio Pizza

If you’re a fan of white pizza – pizza without red sauce – butternut squash makes a delicious topping.

A pizza topped with butternut squash

Butternut Squash and Taleggio Pizza, a recipe from “Martha Stewart’s Vegetables” by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living.Ngoc Minh Ngo/Clarkson Potter

Butternut Squash Enchiladas With Spicy Peanut Sauce

This dish has been a mainstay at the Southwest Portland restaurant Chez Jose for decades.

Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Butternut Squash Enchiladas With Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Roasted Chicken and Acorn Squash with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto

If chicken is a staple on your dinner table, here’s a way to work squash into the rotation.

Roasted chicken and acorn squash topped with pesto

Roasted Chicken and Acorn Squash With Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto, a recipe created by Ivy Manning.Nathan Hostler/Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive

Baked Acorn Squash With Maple Syrup and Balsamic Vinegar

You can make this recipe vegan by omitting the butter or using a plant-based substitute.

Baked Acorn Squash With Maple Syrup and Balsamic Vinegar

Baked Acorn Squash With Maple Syrup and Balsamic Vinegar.Dave Killen, The Oregonian/OregonLive

And here’s a quick video on how to pull the dish together.

Delicata Squash Agrodolce

Here’s a squash treatment from Portland recipe developer and cookbook author Laura B. Russell.

Sliced delicata squash on a platter.

Delicata Squash Agrodolce.Nathan Hostler/Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive

Savory Butternut Squash Tart

Squash and a tart crust make a delectable combination.

A slice of butternut squash tart

Not only is this savory butternut squash tart easy to make, but it can also be prepared ahead of time, then briefly reheated just before serving.Matthew Mead/AP

Pumpkin Currant Muffins

These muffins are only slightly sweet, so eating them with fruit jam is particularly nice.

Pumpkin currant muffins in a muffin tin

These Pumpkin Currant Muffins are made using biscuit mix to enjoy these bakery treats as fast as possible.Alicia Ross for Kitchen Scoop

Dairy-Free Maple Pumpkin Bread

This recipe is not only dairy-free but also vegan. It makes two loaves, so you can have one to enjoy right away and one to freeze or share.

Baking soothes in times of crisis

Maple-Pumpkin Bread.Alicia Ross, Kitchen Scoop

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