Pumpkin, butternut squash, and other winter squashes star in cold-weather dishes all over the world. Butternut squash is the main ingredient in many hearty Italian dishes; Vshu calls “Giada de Laurentiis’s butternut squash lasagne “divine,” and Missyme recommends Ina Garten’s butternut squash risotto. lollya concurs, saying, “Ohhh it’s sooooo damn good.”
bertie says this Thai pumpkin soup always receives compliments. Jack_ makes greens with roasted butternut squash and ricotta salata regularly. And goodhealthgourmet wins raves for this roasted acorn squash with chile vinaigrette.
Ruth Lafler shares this recipe for the Afghan dish kaddo bourani (candied pumpkin with yogurt sauce and meat sauce) from San Francisco’s Helmand Palace restaurant. It’s one of the sweeter versions she’s had, but “the sweetness of the pumpkin makes a wonderful contrast to the tangy sauce.”
chez cherie roasts cubed winter squash and sliced red onion seasoned with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika or dried sage until tender, throwing in a handful of pecans or other nuts for the last few minutes, then tosses in dried cherries and crumbled blue cheese. “I could eat this every day,” she says.