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20 Best Thanksgiving Squash Recipes

This list of delectable Thanksgiving squash recipes is the holiday gift that keeps on giving.

And I, for one, am grateful. I think you will be, too! 

I love Thanksgiving for numerous reasons but the delicious food is probably my favorite part.

The turkey, the stuffing, the casseroles, the pies, it’s all good. 


Thanksgiving Salad with Butternut Squash, Apple, Kale and Chickpeas
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I often have to be rolled from the table because of all the heavy dishes.

These squash recipes add some much-needed lightness. 

Even the less-healthy dishes have some great nutritional benefits.

But the taste of these 20 Thanksgiving squash recipes is out of this world. 

1. Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

This butternut squash recipe is sugar, spice, and everything nice, and it’s savory, too!

Each bite is soft and tender, with little bits of crispiness on the edges. 

It’s as delicious as it sounds. 

Roasting squash draws out its natural sugars and deepens its flavors.

If this dish was only roasted squash, it’d be great, but it’s so much more. 

This squash is tossed in maple syrup, olive oil, salt, cinnamon, and black pepper.

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It’s served with fresh rosemary on top. It’s scrumptious!

2. Maple Baked Butternut Squash

If you weren’t too sure about the cinnamon in the last recipe, try this one.

It’s still sweet but the intensity is turned down a bit. Because this one is without cinnamon. 

It’s also baked in a stewing liquid of butter and chicken broth. So, hello flavor! 

3. Mashed Butternut Squash

It’s true, potatoes aren’t the only thing you can mash. Squash works fabulously.

And if you haven’t mashed some squash, you’re missing out!

This dish is sweet, buttery, and simply delicious!

Brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and pepper dance along your tongue in a surprisingly sweet-savory tango. 

That’s not even touching on the texture, which is incredibly creamy.

Serve it with some fresh thyme for an added touch of earthiness. 

4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries

This is the ultimate fall dish and you’ll fall in love with it.

The best part is that it’s delicious but also extremely healthy. So, you can eat as much as you want, totally guilt-free!

This warm salad might even change the minds of those less-veggie-inclined around you.

Every mouthful is savory, sweet, spiced, and full of fall goodness. 

And there are multiple textures to keep everything interesting. 

5. Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Let’s add a bit of meat to this list. Because if you didn’t know, sausage of all kinds goes very well with squash.  

This dish is comforting, delectable, and perfectly filling. But since it calls for chicken sausage, it’s not too filling.

So, you won’t feel heavy after you devour this delight!

This dish features nutty and sweet roasted acorn squash.

The squash is stuffed with apples, mushrooms, onion, garlic, spices, parmesan, and fresh herbs. 

Every forkful is slightly unexpected and totally wonderful. 

6. Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

And though acorn squash and sausage are absolute fire, the veggie version is *chef’s kiss.*

It makes a great meal on its own, but it’s also a fabulous side dish. 

Stuffed with quinoa, herbs, alliums, and cheese, this thing is tasty!

It also has cranberries for a pop of color, tang, and sweetness.  

7. Roasted Acorn Squash

Simple, yet satisfying. That’s the best way to describe this roasted squash dish.

All you need is squash, olive oil, salt, pepper, and maple syrup. 

Then, let the oven do the work.  

8. Southern Squash Casserole

Get your stretchiest pants ready because this gooey, cheesy casserole is not light. But it is really darn good. 

It has everything you’d expect in a casserole.

It has tons of dairy and a few veggies to give the impression of healthiness. Plus, there’s a buttery cracker crust. 

It’s so good!

9. Butternut Squash Soup

Have you really experienced fall if you haven’t enjoyed a bowl of butternut squash soup?

No, I don’t think you have. So, here’s the perfect recipe to make sure your fall counts. 

Every spoonful is a luxe luscious experience. The texture is silky smooth and the flavor is fabulously rich. 

Oh, and it’s totally vegan. So if you make this for your friends, everyone can enjoy it. 

10. Butternut Squash Salad

Let me introduce you to one of the most flavorful salads you’ll ever have.

It features roasted squash, dates, warm spices, greens, goat cheese, pomegranates, and pistachios.

Everything is topped with delicious apple cider vinegar, cumin, and date dressing.

It’s fresh, healthy, and so incredibly flavorful. 

11. Maple-Glazed Squash and Apples

Apple and squash just make sense. Why? Well, I suspect it has to do with their similarities. 

Both are fruits, both are delicious when roasted, and both are autumnal. Plus, both taste amazing with maple! 

This dish is warm, sweet, savory, and wonderfully delicious.

A bit of apple cider vinegar adds extra apple goodness and a little acidity. 

12. Roasted Yellow Squash

This recipe is easy as 1- 2- 3! Three simple ingredients and 30-ish minutes are all you need to make this tasty dish.

(Plus a few seasonings, too.)

It’s a quick and easy side dish. Perfect for when your Thanksgiving guests bring one plus one too many.

13. Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash

Here’s another ridiculously easy and delightful dish that’s ready to go in about 20 minutes.

These little rounds only require a bit of seasoning and parmesan. 

And honestly, that’s all they need. Who needs fancy when something simple is just so yummy?

14. Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

If you eat the rainbow, you’ll live longer, or so they say (whoever they are).

But really, it’s true. Because the more colors you add to your food, the more nutrients you get. 

And that’s why this delicious salad is so good for you! It’s absolutely bursting with beautiful fall colors.

A maple balsamic vinaigrette ties everything together beautifully. 

15. Roasted Patty Pan Squash with Parmesan

There are so many varieties of squash out there, and Patty Pans are so underrated.

This dish is the perfect introduction if you’re unfamiliar. Because Patty Pan squash is truly the star!

These are roasted simply, with a little oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan. That’s it!

It allows you to fully experience the mild, sweet, and delicious taste of the squash. 

16. Butternut Squash Basmati Rice

Simplicity does not equate to boring and flavorless. This rice is the proof.

Each element is flavorful on its own, but together, they’re a total umami bomb. 

You start with basmati rice, which is my favorite kind of rice. I use it every time I make rice, whatever the type of cuisine.

It’s nutty, perfectly tender, and utterly tasty. 

So when you combine such an amazing base with garlicky, herbaceous roasted butternut squash? You get flavor heaven. 

17. Butternut Squash Stuffing

What is Thanksgiving without stuffing?

While Stove Top stuffing will always be my first choice, this one could take it. Because it’s really, really yummy.

And worth the extra effort. It’s practically a meal on its own. 

This stuffing features a delicious mix of fresh herbs, roasted butternut squash, and turkey sausage.

It also contains butter, chicken broth, and your favorite dried bread cubes.

18. Creamy Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Pasta

Lots of the dishes on this list could be considered comfort food.

But this pasta dish might just be the ultimate comfort food. And I could eat it every day. 

I shouldn’t, but I could. It’s that delicious.

The sauce is made with roasted butternut squash, roasted garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, and butter.

Browned butter, to be exact. And it adds a fantastic nutty, caramelized taste to the dish.

The roasted veggies also add a bit of caramelization. You could bathe in this stuff, it’s so good and so creamy. 

Use your favorite pasta and let it swim in the delicious sauce. Top it off with roasted prosciutto, parmesan cheese, and more herbs.  

19. Potato, Squash, and Goat Cheese Gratin

I’m sure you’ve had potato gratin before. You know, the kind loaded with cheese, probably ham, and lots of flavors.

Well, this gratin is just as delicious but a tad more elevated. 

Okay, okay, it’s downright fancy. But it’s still very simple. 

Luxuriously creamy, tangy, savory, and cheesy, it’s everything you want in a dish.

The potatoes are tender, and the squash is soft. My mouth is watering already.

Is yours?

20. Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Salad

When I look at this salad, I immediately think of gemstones. It’s full of beautiful emeralds, radiant gold, and stunning ruby.

And by that, I mean beets, squash, and arugula.

It’s glorious. And delicious. There’s also garlic, goat cheese, fresh herbs, balsamic vinegar, pepitas, and red wine vinegar. 

It’s healthy, flavorful, and scrumptious. This is a dish you can feel really good about serving your guests. 

20 Best Thanksgiving Squash Recipes

These Thanksgiving squash recipes are perfect for your holiday meal! From butternut to acorn to soups and salads, you’ll love these tasty dishes.


  • Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

  • Maple Baked Butternut Squash

  • Mashed Butternut Squash

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries

  • Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Roasted Acorn Squash

  • Southern Squash Casserole

  • Butternut Squash Soup

  • Butternut Squash Salad

  • Maple-Glazed Squash and Apples

  • Roasted Yellow Squash

  • Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

  • Roasted Patty Pan Squash with Parmesan

  • Butternut Squash Basmati Rice

  • Butternut Squash Stuffing

  • Creamy Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Pasta

  • Potato, Squash, and Goat Cheese Gratin

  • Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Salad


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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