20 Squash and Pumpkin Recipes for Thanksgiving

Whether blended in soup, stuffed into pasta, or roasted plain, squash will add color and rich flavor to your Thanksgiving table.

J. Kenji López-Alt

Squash is an iconic feature of the fall kitchen—your local grocery store is probably overflowing right now with fat pumpkins, butternut squash, and perhaps a few more esoteric varieties, like kabocha (check out our winter squash shopping guide to learn how to tell one from another.

Despite its seasonality and symbolism, squash isn't prominent in too many classic Thanksgiving dishes, pumpkin pie being the big exception. But there's a lot you can do with that colorful pile of gourds you've spied at the farmers market—think savory kabocha squash soup, baked acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, a thick and cheesy butternut squash dip, and even pumpkin lasagna. Below are 20 of our favorite dishes starring fall and winter squash—some traditionally Thanksgiving-y, some less so, every one of them a delicious addition to your holiday table.