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6 Squash Varieties We Are Loving Right Now (and Recipes to Go with Them)

By Carolyn Malcoun, March 15, 2016 - 9:25am

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I have a CSA share—that means I pay in advance to get a bag of vegetables each week from a local farm. I typically get a squash in the cooler months so I'm always on the hunt for new squash recipes.

Luckily my family loves to eat squash. And that's a good thing, as all varieties give you a big bang for your nutrition buck. One cup of cooked winter squash is high in both vitamin A (214% of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33%), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate.

Here are 6 of my favorite varieties plus delicious squash recipes to cook. Many squash varieties are interchangeable, so don't be afraid to experiment.

Blue hubbard: This huge squash with smooth gray skin and sweet, deep-orange flesh can weigh up to 40 pounds. Sometimes sold in wedges. Stores well; use in pies and soups.

Try it in: Creamy Rye & Butternut Squash Soup

Buttercup: Look for the characteristic "turban" at the stem end of this heirloom variety. Mild-­tasting flesh; can be a bit dry. Add cubes to a stew, mash or roast it.

Try it in: Mashed Squash with Caramelized Onions

Delicata: With a uniform size and shape, this oblong green-striped yellow squash is one of the easier ones to handle. Stuff or thinly slice (no peeling necessary) and roast.

Try it in: Quinoa-Stuffed Delicata Squash

Kabocha: This squash looks like a squat pumpkin with knobby green skin. Super-sweet with bright-orange flesh. Roast, mash or use in a pie.

Try it in: Galette with Kabocha Squash & Kale

Red kuri: A teardrop-shaped squash with bright orange skin, quite a few seeds and nutty almost-yellow flesh. Roast, mash or use in pies and soups.

Try it in: Winter Squash Risotto

Spaghetti: Drag a fork along the cooked flesh of this oblong squash to yield spaghetti-like strands that carb- and calorie-conscious diners adore.

Try it in: Garlic Shrimp with Cilantro Spaghetti Squash
or Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini (pictured above)

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Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, young daughter and dog.

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