Best Butternut Squash Recipes
There's no vegetable more synonymous with fall than butternut squash. This hearty, healthy gourd gets so much love during the autumn months—especially during Thanksgiving—that it's hard to imagine a season without a myriad of butternut squash recipes.
Of course, there's the holy grail of all butternut squash recipes—butternut squash soup—but butternut squash mac and cheese, along with roasted or baked butternut squash are not far behind. And if you've never worked with this somewhat labor-intensive squash, there is the fear factor around cooking, cutting and cubing butternut squash. Yes, we'll give you that.
But pre-cubed butternut squash is everywhere these days! As is frozen, which can be used in most of these 58 easy butternut squash recipes that follow.
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Baked Butternut Squash Recipes
Baking or roasting butternut squash brings out its sweetness, as well as almost a nutty flavor. Plus, it is super easy, like the Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion recipe below. Once roasted you can also use it in other dishes, such as Roast Butternut Squash and Chicken Tacos you will be drooling over in a minute.
What Recipes To Use Butternut Squash In
Butternut squash is one versatile gourd. Obviously, it can be a star side dish on its own, but it can also be a great addition to salads, soups, chili and pasta/grain dishes.
You might be surprised to know it can also be part of a dessert course. Check out the Butternut Squash Cookies and Butternut Squash Ricotta Parfait to see how!
Best Butternut Squash Recipes
Whether you're looking for a simple side salad with butternut squash, a decadent pasta or risotto, or perhaps the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer, (butternut squash deviled eggs anyone?), we've got you covered. Move over Friendsgiving, Sidesgiving is here to steal the show and it all starts with butternut squash.
When temps drop, turn to a winter-weather favorite recipe—in a snap! This recipe uses ground chicken instead of beef to cut saturated fat. And it packs a nutritional punch thanks to butternut squash.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Chili
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Top this perfectly roasted butternut squash soup with toasted walnuts or candied pecans, your preference and a few micro greens for good measure.
Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
In this autumnal taco, butternut squash is roasted with warm spices and tossed with shredded chicken. The meat and squash filling is placed over a corn tortilla, and before it's folded in half to enclose it, pineapple salsa is spooned on top for a fresh and sweet taste.
Get the recipe: Roast Butternut Squash and Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
This recipe for Butternut Squash, Zucchini and Tomato Gratin comes from Carrie Vitt's cookbook, The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day. It's simple to make and everyone will love it.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash, Zucchini and Tomato Gratin
You could make this recipe with pretty much any squash that has a dense and creamy flesh when cooked. You could also use sweet potatoes, which can be very interesting in desserts.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Cookies
Butternut squash caramelizes when roasted, turning it super sweet.
Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion
Butternut Squash Fries are good for you and they taste just as good as regular potato fries. If you like yours a little spicy, sprinkle them with red pepper flakes.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Fries
With flavors of toasted coconut, buttered corn, fresh jalapeño and a bit of heat from the cayenne pepper, this is the perfect fall soup.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash, Corn & Coconut Soup
A large dish of this lasagna will bring the season to the table. This recipe from Pippa Middleton may be vegetarian, but it’s so delicious that many a carnivore will consider converting.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagna
Butternut squash is tossed with pasta, then topped with Parmesan and pine nuts for the perfect autumnal dish.
Get the recipe: Pasta with Butternut Squash, Lemon and Sage
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For the most dramatic effect, butternut squash, fennel and cauliflower are cut into large pieces and a sprig of fresh mint garnish brightens the curry flavors.
Get the recipe: Aromatic Vegetables
Spiced chicken, butternut squash and tomatoes are slow-cooked for hours, then accompanied by crumbly couscous. Black olives are tossed in prior to serving, for pithy bursts of flavor!
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Couscous
The perfect dessert table should have "two pies, a cake, and a few smaller things for people to pick up, like these butternut squash beignets," says Chef Carla Hall.
Get the recipe: Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Beignets with Caramel Dipping Sauce
The next time you decide to cook up butternut squash, instead of eating it as a side, cube it and mix it into a pasta dish, with egg noodles and spinach—delicious!
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash with Egg Noodles and Spinach
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Your guests won’t miss the meat in these melt-in-your-mouth quesadillas.
Get the recipe: Roasted Squash, Red Pepper, and Jack Cheese Quesadillas
Cumin-seasoned chicken is slow-cooked for six hours over a bed of simmering tomatoes, butternut squash, and chickpeas. Stir in sliced grapes before serving for a sweet, bright crunch. Find this and more featured in 7 Days of Satisfying Slow-Cooked Meals
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken with Grapes
Moroccan seasoning, pre-made pie crusts and a bunch of veggies (like potatoes and butternut squash) combine for greatness in these tasty little treats.
Get the recipe: Spiced Green Pea and Potato Pocket Pasties
It's always fun to add a few dishes to the table that are beyond the turkey-stuffing-potatoes standard. This best butternut squash soup recipe is one of them.
Get the recipe: Best Butternut Squash Soup
Quinoa has become a superstar food of sorts. The grain, originally a staple of traditional Peruvian cuisine, made its break into the global scene a few years back, setting the foodie world abuzz and this rich and filling one-pot dish is the perfect introduction to this so-called superfood.
Get the recipe: Quinoa, Lentil and Pumpkin Risotto
A sprinkle of Piave Vecchio, a smooth, nutty cow’s-milk cheese from the Veneto, echoes the nutty sweetness of the chestnuts and goes so well with butternut squash. The soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat gently before serving.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash, Barley and Chestnut Soup
Split peas give this creamy soup a punch of protein. Cut down on prep time by opting for a package of pre-cut squash. To make this vegan, omit the bacon and use a little canola oil to sauté the onions instead of the bacon fat.
Get the recipe: Split Pea, Butternut and Bacon Soup
Related: Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
This comforting aromatic stew is full of tender chunks of pork.
Get the recipe: Curried Pork Stew
This creamy dessert comes together in no time at all and can be made with leftover pumpkin and ricotta or with frozen butternut squash, which keeps for months in the freezer.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Ricotta Parfait
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This is an amazing dish because it takes everyday ingredients and joins them in a delicious and unexpected collaboration. Both the squash and the broccoli rabe have their own strong personalities—one sweet and one bitter—and each brings something to the party that would be sorely missed if one of them didn’t show up.
This healthy, gluten-and-dairy-free take on "mac and cheese" was developed by Al Roker’s nutritionist, Melissa Bowman Li, and it's a winner any time of year!
Get the recipe: Al Roker's Veggie "Mac and Cheese"
Roasted Butternut Squash, Bresaola and Lingonberry
This was the most popular dish at The Peninsula New York for years and we can see why—look at it!
Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash, Bresaola and Lingonberry
This over-the-top autumn side dish comes from chef Vivian Howard’s cookbook, This Will Make It Taste Good, and features her all-purpose Quirky Furki spice blend. Packed with salty, sweet, umami flavor, Quirky Furki is a wonderful way to amp up the flavor of winter squash.
Get the recipe: Vivian Howard's Butternut Squash with Miso, Honey and More
Vegetables, nuts and a lower-carb appetizer like these Butternut Squash Deviled Eggs are the perfect munchies for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner chow-down. These eggs are a little lower in fat than the typical deviled egg since mashed butternut squash helps to provide the filling. No one will know there is anything different about them at all, except that they're completely delicious!
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Deviled Eggs
Warm Kale Salad is a hearty side or main dish that mounts a delicious defense against cold and flu season. Vitamin C-rich kale and beta carotene-packed butternut squash star in this seasonal salad, while bits of bacon add smoky flavor without driving up fat and calories.
Get the recipe: Warm Kale Salad with Butternut Squash
This soup's head is in a refreshing direction, opting for tart over sweet and it chooses the mysterious savory presence of sage over the more predictable pumpkin-pie family of spices.
Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Truffle oil gives this silky butternut squash soup an elegant touch.
Get the recipe: Elegant Butternut Squash Soup
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Here, pressure-cooked butternut squash is seasoned with a spiced vinaigrette, then scattered with pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and scallions. You can try this recipe with other winter squashes, too, such as delicata (which doesn’t need to be peeled), acorn, and the versatile Long Island cheese pumpkin, one of the oldest American squash varieties.
Get the recipe: Martha Stewart's Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
You'll never go back to red sauce lasagna again after one bite of this Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna
Flecked with cranberries, rosemary, and sage, these chips taste like fall. The perfect seasonal snack for holiday gatherings or any time you want to fill your house with the cozy scent of autumn, these pumpkin-flavored rounds have a cranberry topping that goes on just before serving and can be doctored with extra rosemary.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Chips with Cranberry Toppings
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This particular recipe includes fresh butternut squash and parsnips. The sausage adds a rich heartiness and a spicy touch, but you can certainly leave it out for a satisfying vegetarian dish. This will also travel well, so it is a great option for taking to a family or friend who could use a home-cooked dinner.
Get the recipe: Lasagna with Sausage and Butternut Squash
A food processor fitted with a grater attachment makes quick work of grating the cheese and butternut squash.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Cheddar Tart
Like its winter cousins, acorn squash and pumpkins, butternut squash are naturally sweet. They’re like having a dessert at the table. But they're a better choice than acorn squash or pumpkins, because their subtle ridges and smaller cavities make them easier to prep. (Make sure to use a sharp knife.) These pancakes make a beautiful weekend breakfast or brunch.
Get the recipe: Nutty Butternut Squash Pancakes with Baked Apples
Roasted vegetables and smoky sausage make a tasty dinner. At only $2.37 per serving, it's a comforting and budget-friendly meal that will be a lifesaver on busy weeknights!
Get the recipe: Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sausage
Sour cream adds a pleasant balance to this down-home soup. Feel free to top it with grilled shrimp.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
One pot and 30 minutes are all you need to make a healthy, satisfying fall dinner! Cleanup is a breeze with this dish from Jennifer Whitford, a Boston-based blogger at thescrumptiouspumpkin.com.
Get the recipe: Squash and Kale One-Pot Pasta
Allspice has a flavor that’s a mixture of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. But it’s not just for desserts, as shown by Parade Chef Jon Ashton’s soup recipe. The warm flavor is a perfect match for butternut squash, which turns thick and creamy when pureed in a blender.
Get the recipe: Jamaican Butternut Squash Soup
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Roasted butternut squash is the way to go. It caramelizes ever-so-slightly, and it gives it that flavor that makes you crave it for days after eating it. This Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple-Bacon Butter is one version to try and enjoy. It would be delicious with a turkey dinner, but it also makes a terrific side dish to pork, beef and chicken.
Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple-Bacon Butter
Canned spinach and chickpeas make this burger as nutritious as it is delicious—it’s healthy and homemade made easy!
Get the recipe: Hearty Chickpea Vegetable Soup
This easy-to-follow seasonal soup recipe makes the perfect wintertime warm-up. It features flavorful roasted butternut squash, sweet and tart Honeycrisp apples, sautéed onion and spices. Blend it until it's smooth and then serve.
Get the recipe: Smooth Apple and Butternut Squash Soup
Crème fraîche is a thinner form of sour cream that is a great addition to soups and sauces. If you don't have it on hand, substitute sour cream.
Get the recipe: Squash Soup with Nutmeg Creme Fraiche
This is a Cajun gumbo, so it does not contain any tomatoes. The roux is what thickens the gumbo and gives it a deeper flavor. Butternut squash isn't a traditional ingredient, but it works so well here.
Get the recipe: Kathy Hester's Butternut Squash Okra Gumbo
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese gives the comforting dish a flavor remake, plus a dose of vitamin A, which supports eye health and immune system health.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
This is basically the perfect plate of gluten-free corn, brown rice and quinoa-based spaghetti, in a garlic-cream sauce, topped with crispy bacon. Comfort food goals would be an understatement.
If you're a red sauce hater, you'll learn coating your noodles in tons of melted butter, garlic salt, and Parmesan cheese is the way to go with this vegetarian butternut squash lasagna recipe.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian Butternut Squash Lasagna
Sure, this soup has more than ten ingredients. The soup needs time to cool, before the arduous process of pureeing begins. And the straining takes a while to extract the thinner juice from the fibers. But by the time you're stirring coconut milk into this simple soup, you feel like the work for one spoonful is worth the effort.
Get the recipe: Saffron Butternut Squash Soup
An easy onion jam elevates this fall appetizer from Chef Jon Ashton. Chili powder gives the mashed butternut squash a hint of heat. It’s the perfect bite to serve while football watching, or during movie night.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Bruschetta
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Spend less time chopping and more time enjoying this sheet pan meal, thanks to frozen veggies and pre-cooked sausage tossed in a simple flavor-packed sauce. This Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies dinner is filled with no-fuss frozen ingredients like butternut squash, green beans, onion and chicken sausage seasoned with maple syrup and Dijon mustard.
Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies
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For a favorite fall combination, small bits of butternut squash, bacon and red onion are roasted together in the oven before they’re combined with cubed mozzarella for a perfect fall flatbread, er, pizza.
Get the recipe: Roasted Bacon and Butternut Squash Pizza
You can make this dish extra silky by pureeing in a food processor and then passing it through a strainer, or you can simply mash the baked squash with a fork for a puree that’s less refined, yet equally delicious.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Puree
Get the recipe: Roasted Apple and Squash Chipotle Chili
This simple butternut squash is just that: embarrassingly simple. But its rich flavors will make any home cook proud.
Get the recipe: Simplest Butternut Squash Soup
Cozy up with a lasagna that’s made for fall.
Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
A delicious must-try dish featuring winter squash and apples.
Get the recipe: Roasted Squash With Apples & Pecans
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