10 Thanksgiving Squash Dinners for Vegetarians

Squash the problem of finding turkey alternatives for non-meat eaters with these recipes that double as entrees and sides.

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Butternut Squash mac and Cheese with crispy sage leaves

Proving that good-for-you food can taste great, Jason Wrobel makes a healthier version of this childhood classic using coconut milk and gluten-free pasta.

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Squash and Chickpea Moroccan Stew

Halfway between a soup and a thick dip, this hearty stew will warm you to the core. This dish is all about texture –– chickpeas, olives, nuts and squash add it in droves –– so don't skimp on the toppings. 

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Pumpkin Lovers' Lasagna

Rachael Ray combines pumpkin puree with cubed butternut squash in this make-ahead recipe. Freshly grated nutmeg is the secret ingredient, however, adding depth and woodsy appeal to this cheesy dish.

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Bengali Butternut Squash

This Indian recipe is rich in the kind of musky spices that strongly complement the rest of the Thanksgiving meal (meaning it's perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike).

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Butternut Squash Tortellini with Brown Butter Sauce

Giada De Laurentiis simplifies the fresh-pasta-making process by using fresh wonton wrappers for noodles. It's an easy recipe that impresses without much effort (which means it's a real winner).

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Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin

This creamy casserole calls for Japanese panko breadcrumbs, which are thicker than Italian varieties and add extra-crunchy texture. Allspice and nutmeg add flavor and warmth to the cream sauce, making it feel totally holiday appropriate.

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Eggplant and Squash Curry

Rachael uses kuri squash because it lends the dish a playful title: kuri curry. But any butternut squash or small sugar pumpkin would work well too.

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Veggieducken (aka Squashleekotato)

The turducken? So last year. This year it's all about the Veggieducken — a masterpiece composed of concentric layers of banana squash, leeks, sweet potatoes and lots of stuffing. Vegetarians of the world, you're welcome.

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Roasted Squash Chili Mac

Rachael's unusual macaroni recipe calls for butternut squash, kidney beans, Jack cheese and jalapenos –– all of which make for a spicy, hearty dish that will please everyone at the table.

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Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Spinach and Walnuts

Bobby Deen swaps in quinoa for rice or potatoes in this healthy one-pot meal. Make sure to wash the quinoa well to remove its gritty texture.

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