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8 Super Squash Recipes

Posted: 11/01/11 10:26 AM ET

Broken down into two categories (summer squashes and winter squashes) the most popular squashes and my all-time favorites to cook with are the zucchini, pumpkin, acorn and butternut. While you can find zucchini in markets in most places year-round, allowing you to make everything from breakfast dishes like zucchini and onion frittatas to snacks like zucchini-stuffed crab cakes, the onset of fall marks the beginning of hard squash season.

The pumpkin and cousins acorn and butternut squash are usually inexpensive and easy to cook -- just slice them open (carefully) and place them on a baking sheet in an oven set to 350 degrees with a bit of olive oil drizzled over them for 20-30 minutes or until soft (consult individual recipes for specific instructions). So if you're looking for more uses for that pumpkin besides the usual Halloween carving, here's a list of 8 super squash recipes that I've put together with the help of Food Republic.

What's your favorite squash to cook with?

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Agnolotti Di Zucca
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This stuffed pasta recipe puts seasonal squash (or when not available, store-bought pumpkin puree) to use in a ravioli-like pasta pillow. If you like making pasta, it's a fun dish to try at home, and the squash and toasted sage combine with the cheese for a perfect comfort food dish for fall.

Recipe: Agnolotti Di Zucca
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