30 pumpkin and squash recipes – from savoury dishes to desserts

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I’ve grown more than ten varieties of squash and pumpkin at my allotment this year. I’ve done that partly for the 10th annual squash and pumpkin show in Dorking, partly to eat, but also because I find them very intriguing to grow. The seeds can turn up all sorts of variations in size, shape, quantity and colour.

As we approach the Autumn the fruit are becoming available fresh on demand – lovely healthy ingredients to see my family through the winter with soups, curries, pasta dishes and desserts! Squash will keep for many months, making them an ideal crop to store – but you need more than one recipe up your sleeve to avoid pumpkin fatigue.

As with the 30 courgette recipes I compiled last month (to deal with one allotment glut), I’ve sourced and listed 30 squash and pumpkin recipes below. Specific squash and pumpkin varieties are mentioned (as listed below) but for the most part they are interchangeable. I’d certainly not hold back from trying something different to those recommended – you may even improve on a recipe:

  • Butternut Squash
  • Crown Prince
  • Uchiki Kuri
  • Turks Turban
  • Jarrahdale
  • Black Futsu
  • Golden Hubbard


Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted butternut squash soup (1 butternut squash)
BBC Good Food

Butternut Squash Soup (3 small butternut squash, about 1.6kg total weight)
Mary Berry

Superb squash soup (2kg butternut squash, onion squash or musque de Provence)
Jamie Oliver

Roasted Crown Prince Squash & Carrot Soup (1 large Crown Prince Squash)
The Foodie Family Blog

Roasted Red Kuri Pumpkin & Coconut Soup (4 to 4 1/2 pounds red Kuri squash)

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Melting Cheese (1 pumpkin, weighing 3-31/2 lb (1.35-1.6 kg)
Delia Online


butternut squash

Chopped Butternut and Crown Prince Squash

Green masala butternut squash curry (500g butternut squash)
BBC Good Food

Vegetarian Goulash with Butternut Squash (1/4 butternut squash)
The London Cook Book

Pork and pumpkin curry (750g pumpkin (or butternut squash)
River Cottage

Pumpkin curry with chickpeas (1kg of pumpkin or squash)
BBC Good Food

Chicken and Butternut Squash Satay Curry (1 medium to large butternut squash)
Scrummy Lane

Sri Lankan Butternut Squash Curry (1 large butternut squash)
The Happy Foodie


Ready for Roasting

Ready for Roasting

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Tortillas (1/4 cup pumpkin puree)
Well Floured

Baked Pumpkin Fries (1 small pumpkin)
Chef Times Two

Stuffed butternut squash (1 large butternut squash (about 1.5kg) or 2 small ones)
River Cottage

Baked squash – stuffed with nutty cranberry-spiked rice (1 butternut squash / 1.2kg)
Jamie Oliver

Stuffed Turban Squash (3lb / 1.5kg Turks Turban squash)

Roast Stuffed Pumpkin with Gingery Tomato Sauce (3.5kg pumpkin preferably French pumpkin / White Lumina or Jarrahdale pumpkin)


Black Futsu Squash

Black Futsu Squash

Bacon & pumpkin pasta (500g pumpkin or butternut squash)
BBC Good Food

Pumpkin Bolognese with Pappardelle (1/4 of a small-ish sized pumpkin / squash)
Love and Olive Oil

Creamy chicken and pumpkin pasta (2 cups Roasted pumpkin)

Meatballs with Roasted Tomato, Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup (500g pumpkin, diced)
Good Chef Bad Chef

Pumpkin risotto (1 small pumpkin or butternut squash)
BBC Good Food

Pumpkin Chili (3-pound / 1.5kg pie pumpkin or other orange-fleshed squash such as butternut, Red Kuri, or Golden Hubbard)

Squash Lasagna (1 kg Squash Butternut, Uchiki Kuri or Black Futsu)
Tolhurst Organic


Pumpkin passion cupcakes (200g coarsely grated pumpkin or butternut squash flesh)
BBC Good Food

Pumpkin Pie (700g pumpkin (or butternut squash) flesh)

Perfect Pumpkin Pie (1 small culinary pumpkin or medium butternut squash)
The Guardian

Pumpkin Cake (500g pumpkin (peeled weight) coarsely grated)

Pumpkin Fudge Brownies (1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin flesh puree)
Heather Christo

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About Author

Matt Peskett is GrowLikeGrandad (if you want to know why read 'About the Editor). He has a few 'heavy clay' allotments and is Chairman of the Dorking Allotment Holders Association (DAHA). Matt also has a medium sized 'sandy soil' hillside garden (Italian terrace designed) and enjoys photography - especially nature. Matt takes inspiration from gardens like Hidcote and Great Dixter and enjoys watching anything on TV presented by Monty Don or Louis Theroux.

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