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We had our first snow today in my part of Michigan! It was beautiful, but cold, and it finally convinced us to turn our heat on for the first time this season.

Warming, hearty dishes are definitely in order these days. Winter squash such as pumpkin, butternut, and acorn are very filling and can be turned into all manner of autumn comfort food. Cooked and pureed squash can be added to pancakes and blended into coffee, while chopped and roasted squash is a perfect side dish for supper.

This creamy and filling risotto is  reminiscent of mac and cheese, but provides more depth of flavor with the bacon and squash. We served it in bowls and enjoyed a simple meal on the couch, huddled under afghans as we watched a movie.

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Want to add more winter squash dishes to your recipe box? Browse this delicious round-up of sweet and savory creations for any occasion!

Image by Creative Christian Mama – used with permission

Acorn, Delicata, or any Winter Squash

Beef Stew with Winter Squash
Sausage-Stuffed Squash
Sauteed Squash and Green Beans
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Winter Squash Pie


Image by Simple Life Abundant Life – used with permission

Butternut Squash

Butternut Ice Cream
Butternut Squash Soup
Crock Pot Butternut Applesauce

Crock Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew
Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash
Roasted Butternut Squash


Image by Wellness and Workouts – used with permission


Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Black Raspberry Muffins
Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Fudge
Pumpkin Oatmeal


Image by Stacy Makes Cents – used with permission

Spaghetti Squash

Autumn Casserole
Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash Primavera

What is your favorite type of winter squash?

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  1. […] Head to Modern Alternative Kitchen to get my recipe! You’ll also find a whole round-up of recipes you can make using your favourite winter squashes–some sweet, some savory. Enjoy! […]


  2. […] Bacon and Butternut Squash Risotto  (GF) ~ Modern Alternative Kitchen […]


  3. I made this with turkey bacon and it was fabulous.


  4. […] Bacon & Butternut Squash Risotto from Modern Alternative Kitchen […]


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