This little winter squash gets much less attention than its super-celebrity pumpkin cousin, but acorn squash deserves to be celebrated in its own right. It’s versatile, economical, and highly nutritious. Plus, its sweet yellow-orange flesh makes delicious fall-inspired soups, pizzas, gnocchi, muffins, and even breakfast bowls. Which will you make first?!

1. Thai Spiced Acorn Squash Soup from Duck Soup Kitchen

From the website: “A savory, warming fall soup made from roasted acorn squash and carrots blended together with broth and Thai red curry paste.”

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2. Acorn Squash Arugula Pizza from Destination Delish

From the website: “Pizza on the weekend. It’s a given, right? If you’re sick of the same old sausage and pepperoni routine and in the mood for an outside-the-box topping combination, you definitely need to try this Acorn Squash Arugula Pizza.”

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3. Acorn Squash Rings from GreenLite Bites

From the website: “Never in a million years did I think they would be as good as they were. The outside skin got crunchy, the inside was nice and soft and they stayed together perfectly.

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4. Maple Syrup Acorn Squash Casserole from Setting for Four

From the website: “This recipe pairs extremely well with turkey.  It’s so yummy, the touch of maple syrup really kicks it up a notch!  It smells heavenly while it’s cooking and is terrific when reheated with leftovers the next day!

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5. Acorn Squash Gnocchi with Garlic Brown Butter from Grazed and Enthused

From the website: “This grain-free, gluten-free and egg-free Acorn Squash Gnocchi are flavorful little pillows bathing in a very quick garlic brown butter sauce.”

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6. Acorn Squash Mac and Cheese from Cooking with Carlee

From the website: “Super creamy stove top mac and cheese is a welcome addition to any dinner plate.  Your family doesn’t have to know that this recipe has a healthy secret. It cuts out the butter and milk and reduces the amount of cheese you’d need because there is a healthy dose of acorn squash. It may sound far fetched, but it is super delicious!

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7. Acorn Squash Muffins from Recipes Worth Repeating 

From the website: “These acorn squash muffins are easy to make and the perfect muffin recipe for the fall and winter months. These muffins are sweet and full of spice. Perfect bits of fall in each bite.”

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8. Acorn Squash Apple Baked Oatmeal from Erin Sands

From the website: “Acorn squash in my oatmeal?  Yup, that sweet nutty flavor is warming and delicious in oatmeal and a great way to add loads of nutrients into your breakfast to start your day!”

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9. Acorn Squash Bread from The Vintage Mixer

From the website: “The flavor of the bread is nutty and sweet, similar to pumpkin or zucchini bread but with more texture and earthiness. Its easy to love and even the little hands in your house will be grabbing for a slice!”

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10. Stuffed Acorn Squash Breakfast Bowls from Running on Real Food

From the website: “Alright, let’s talk about what to put in your baked acorn squash. Here’s where you can have some fun! Think about anything you’d eat out of a bowl at breakfast time…now eat it out of an acorn squash instead! So fun! And so yummy and full of nutrition.”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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