Here are all the best butternut squash recipes for the season, from soup to risotto! Its sweet flavor and brilliant color make it a favorite.

Butternut squash recipes

What signals the season more than brilliant butternut squash? The orange color and tender, sweet flesh make it a frequent favorite in fall and winter recipes. But how to cut it without endangering your finger tips? And what are the best ways to use it? Here we’ve rounded up all our favorite ways: roasted, in soups, and of course…in mac and cheese. Ready to get started?

Best butternut squash recipes

How to cut butternut squash

The one stumbling block with butternut squash is this: how to cut it! Wrangling this squash is notoriously difficult. If you’re not confident, there can be safety risks! Here’s the right way to cut butternut squash:

  1. Separate the base and neck: Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the top and stem of the butternut squash. Then cut off the neck of the butternut squash, right where the neck meets the base.
  2. Peel: Use a serrated vegetable peeler to peel off the skin of the neck and the round base.
  3. Remove the seeds: Slice the round base in half, then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  4. Chop the neck: Cut a flat edge on the side of the neck. Then cut it into roughly 1/2″ slices. Cut the slices into strips, then turn the strips and chop them crosswise to create cubes.
  5. Chop the base: Slice off the end of the base and slice it into roughly 1/2″ slices. Then chop the slices crosswise to create cubes.

Butternut squash nutrition

Butternut squash is full of nutrients, as you can see from its bright orange color. Per the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, squash is full of beta carotene, protein, Vitamin C & B6, potassium, and fiber.

There are no studies to cite on specific health benefits of butternut squash, but here’s what we can say! A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, and have a positive effect on blood sugar to keep your appetite in check.

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Roasted butternut squash

15 Butternut Squash Recipes: Roasted Squash & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This roasted butternut squash is baked in a hot oven and turns out irresistibly sweet and caramelized. Serve as a healthy side dish or part of Butternut Squash Risotto!


  • 1 small to medium butternut squash (1 ½ pounds, about 4 cups diced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Peel and cut the butternut squash into small cubes (about 1/2-inch thick). Follow the video tutorial or go to How to Cut Butternut Squash.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss with the olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then pour the squash on top in an even layer. Roast 25 to 35 minutes until tender and browned, turning once. Serve as a side dish, or part of Butternut Squash Risotto.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Fall

Keywords: Butternut squash recipes

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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