As the nights draw in and our farmers’ fields become abundant with varieties of squash, why not get to know the humble but versatile gourd a little better? Try your hand at our warming squash recipes to see you through autumn nights.
1. Butternut Squash and Spinach Pie
Hearty, wholesome and full of goodness, the golden combo of sweet, roasted butternut squash with the tang of goat’s cheese makes this pie a sure-fire crowdpleaser. An easy one to whip-up midweek, serve with mashed potato with a little celeriac and garnish with sliced spring onions.
2. Crown Prince Squash Risotto
Super simple and packed with autumn flavour, this risotto won’t fail to impress with its joyous golden yellow colour. It has just a handful of ingredients, and the Crown Prince squash gives the dish a comforting creamy texture, without the calories.
3. Herby Steak and Squash Salad
Steak night doesn’t have to be unhealthy but can be positively delicious when paired with the best of seasonal vegetables. In this salad, a herby dressing adds a little Mediterranean flavour to proceedings. This recipe is brought to you by The Urban Kitchen – a catering and nutrition company who are passionate about using seasonal and quality ingredients and helping people to enjoy incredible flavours everyday.
4. Squash & Thyme Soup
A bowl of happiness and health, this simple soup is guaranteed to warm the cockles on a crisp autumn evening. Thyme adds a familiar, woody dimension upon each slurp, and this would go down well with slices of freshly toasted sourdough bread dunked into it.
5. Pumpkin & Honey Cake
This lightly spiced cake will bring give you a reason to bake cake with leftover bits of plain roasted squash. Cream together 175g butter, 125g brown sugar and 50g honey with 125g of skinned roasted pumpkin (or squash) that has been whizzed in a blender to a smooth paste. Beat in 2 eggs, 125g sifted self-raising flour and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix until just combined, pour into a loaf tin and top with a sprinkle of demerara sugar. Bake at 180C for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.