This warm vegetable side can be a feast in and of itself: It has a base of spiced, roasted squash that’s bulked up with grains and then topped with a clutch of fennel and herbs. The collection of components brings texture, colour and freshness to the party. The green chili paste in the dressing, a simple Middle Eastern shatta, is particularly effective, with its vibrant heat offering a welcome contrast.
Inspired by the fancified grilled cheese of the early 2010s, this creamy mac and cheese is coated with three types of cheese and sweet roasted squash for a seasonal take on our favourite pasta dish. Roast the squash a day or two in advance, then refrigerate until needed. Gently stirring in the cheese without melting it will give you a deliciously gooey effect when serving.