Thanksgiving Side Dishes: 25 Winter Squash Recipes

It took me a while to come around on winter squash this year. Until the weather turned chilly, I just wasn’t ready to part with all the other great fall produce (or my delusions of summer). But now that frost has officially ended our growing season, I have a newfound enthusiasm for all of the heartier vegetables that get us through each year until spring.

For Thanksgiving this year I’m planning lots of vegetable dishes featuring these hearty vegetables, but squash recipes are particularly high on the list. If you’re new to squash, or stuck in a butternut rut, check out this handy guide to some of the more obscure squash varieties. Next, don your menu-planning hat and head below for 25 perfect Thanksgiving side dishes featuring some of our favorite winter squash recipes.

  • Thanksgiving Side Dishes: 25 Squash Recipes 1 of 26
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    Looking for seasonal Thanksgiving side dish ideas? Try winter squash! Here are 25 great, Thanksgiving-ready recipes.

  • Roasted Pumpkin Wedges 2 of 26
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    Sometimes the simplest way is also the most delicious. These roasted English pumpkin wedges feature goat cheese, along with fresh thyme and sage, and make for the perfect Thanksgiving bite.
    Vintage Kitchen Notes has the recipe
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  • Roasted Kabocha Squash with Garlic and Sage 3 of 26
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    Keep things easy and delicious with this roasted kabocha squash with garlic and sage leaves.
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi 4 of 26
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    These blue cheese and brown butter smothered pumpkin gnocchi may just show up the turkey. This gnocchi dish is especially perfect for a Thanksgiving feast with Italian flair.
    Vintage Kitchen Notes has the recipe
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  • Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese 5 of 26
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    Though you are likely to make this incredible butternut squash mac and cheese with kids in mind, the chances are pretty high that the grown-ups are going to love it too.
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Butternut Squash Salad with Escarole 6 of 26
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    The natural sugars in butternut squash balance the bitterness of escarole nicely in this eye-catching fall salad.
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash 7 of 26
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    These lightly sweet acorn squash rings are drizzled with a maple glaze and studded with dried cranberries.
    Girl Chef has the recipe
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  • Roasted Squash Lasagna with Fried Sage and Shallots 8 of 26
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    Let me be frank, this roasted squash lasagna is seriously rich. But that's what Thanksgiving is for, right?
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Gratin 9 of 26
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    The rich and hearty gratin features the delicate flavors of cauliflower and butternut squash.
    Always Order Dessert has the recipe
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  • Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash 10 of 26
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    Acorn squash lend themselves beautifully to roasting. This recipe sets a high bar for flavor since the savory sweet stuffing features walnuts, apples, and craisins.
    Supper for a Steal has the recipe
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  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Brown Butter and Oregano 11 of 26
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    Making a tried-and-true staple like roasted butternut squash new again can be as simple as adding a couple of unexpected ingredients like brown butter and oregano. Nutty brown butter blends effortlessly with the squash, and fresh oregano adds big time flavor.
    Savvy Eats has the recipe
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  • Butternut Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Leeks 12 of 26
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    Butternut squash isn't typically stuffed, but it rises to the occasion beautifully. Here, it's brimming with flavorful sausage, leeks, and cous cous.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Purple Kale Salad with Roasted Squash 13 of 26
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    This tangy and bright salad features lots of citrus and roasted squash, not to mention colorful, earthy purple kale.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Lightened Up Sweet Potato and Squash Casserole 14 of 26
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    This better-for-you vegan casserole not only features the usual suspects like pecans and sweet potatoes, it also sneaks in a couple of Delicata squash for a light and airy texture.
    Everyday Maven has the recipe
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  • Acorn Squash Polenta 15 of 26
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    If you're looking for a simple and flavorful side this Thanksgiving, look no further than this deliciously creamy acorn squash polenta.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Brown Sugar and Five Spices 16 of 26
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    A well-roasted squash can be delicious all by itself, but when you add brown sugar and five spices, it's a dish to remember.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
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  • Spaghetti Squash Bake with Apples and Raisins 17 of 26
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    Apples and raisins lend a hint of sweetness to this buttery spaghetti squash bake.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
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  • Stuffed Acorn Squash with Chard and White Beans 18 of 26
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    Create a side that will wow your guests with this acorn squash stuffed with a sweet and savory blend of chard, white beans, and agave nectar.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
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  • Cinnamon and Palm Sugar Roasted Delicata Squash 19 of 26
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    These simple roasted Delicata squash rings feature the complimentary flavors of cinnamon and palm sugar.
    Everyday Maven has the recipe
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  • Squash, Leek, and Bacon Gratin 20 of 26
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    This rich gratin features squash, leeks, and smoky bacon, and is sure to become an instant Thanksgiving fave.
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Butternut Squash Salad 21 of 26
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    This butternut squash salad is brimming with delicious add-ins like pomegranate seeds, yellow raisins, and pine nuts. It's the perfect healthy dish to compliment an otherwise rich Thanksgiving dinner.
    Girl Chef has the recipe
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  • Roasted Stuffed Spaghetti Squash 22 of 26
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    Cook up a perfectly stuffed and roasted spaghetti squash with this helpful step-by-step recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Roasted Acorn Squash Rings 23 of 26
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    These simple squash rings are not only pretty and festive, they're also completely delicious.
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Apple, Onion, and Thyme 24 of 26
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    Add a little pizazz to everyday roasted vegetables with this recipe for roasted butternut squash with apples and onions.
    An Edible Mosaic has the recipe
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  • Butternut Squash Tart 25 of 26
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    This gorgeous savory tart is sure to impress your Thanksgiving guests! It's also delicious at room temperature, meaning you can free up some oven space too!
    Diethood has the recipe
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  • Easy Pureed Butternut Squash 26 of 26
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    This recipe for pureed butternut squash couldn't be easier. Simply roast the whole butternut, scoop, and puree!
    An Edible Mosaic has the recipe
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