The sweet flavor and brilliant orange of butternut squash make it a fall favorite. Here are the best butternut squash recipes you need for the season!
What signals the coming of the season more than brilliant butternut squash? The orange color and tender, sweet flesh make it a frequent favorite in fall 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?
First up: basic, but so good: here's our roasted butternut squash master recipe! Roasting butternut squash cubes in a very hot oven turns the squash irresistibly sweet and caramelized. This is our base recipe for how to roast butternut squash, and you can use it in so many ways. It's a total fall treat.
Another top butternut squash recipe? Let's hear it for risotto! The smell alone of this butternut squash risotto bubbling away is reason enough to cancel all your plans and make this recipe! The tender, caramelized roasted squash makes sweet pockets in the creamy Parmesan rice dotted with sage. And that smell of shallots sauteing in butter, with a splash of white wine? DIVINE. It’s a perfect stunning dinner recipe for entertaining.
Of course, no list of butternut squash recipes is complete without the classic: butternut squash soup! This soup will amaze you because unlike most recipes, there's no heavy cream needed! The creaminess comes simply from the pureed squash along with a few secret ingredients. It makes a sweet, dreamy orange puree that will have you hooked.
Why not add butternut squash to...mac and cheese? Yes, mac and cheese is made more perfect with a little dose of squash. This healthy spin calls for adding the squash right to the cheese sauce, making a creamy lighter spin on the classic. The sauce stars smoked Gouda cheese, which covers the pasta in a creamy, gooey coating.
You know about natural flavor pairings like peanut butter and jelly, and tomatoes and basil. Here’s another unique pairing that works like a charm: butternut squash and Thai curry paste! There’s something about the sweetness of squash and the spicy aromatic flavors of curry paste that go hand in hand. Try them together in this Butternut Squash Curry recipe! It’s easy to make, full of colorful vegetables and bursting with Thai curry flavor.
Ready for the coziest, most comforting soup? This curried butternut squash soup tastes like a bowl of sunshine. It’s chock full of beautiful, colorful healthy ingredients, and because it's pureed with chickpeas, it's heartier than most butternut squash soups. The Thai flavors of coconut, ginger and curry are the perfect match to this lightly sweet orange squash! Pair with grilled cheese or fancy quesadilla to make it a meal.
Here's a dose of sunshine in a bowl! This is one of our top butternut squash recipes because of the massive flavor that comes out of these humble vegetables. This bowl features the squash, carrots, kale, and leeks, simmered in an herb-scented broth with brown lentils. It's hard to explain how cozy it turns out! If you're looking for a delicious way to eat your superfoods, this is it.
Another top notch recipe with butternut squash: this pasta! Tender butternut squash is pureed into a creamy sauce with garlic, spices, and goat cheese. It’s savory with a sweet undertone, and the perfect sauce to cover al dente pasta. It’s a little like mac and cheese, but a little sweeter and loads healthier.
Ready for the quickest, coziest fall recipe? This Instant Pot butternut squash soup! It's spiced with sage, with a hint of cinnamon and a smoky undertone. The squash and carrot give it an electric orange hue, and it's rounded out with potato and apple for sweetness. Really, it's pure gold in a bowl! It's a star in our comforting butternut squash recipes.
Last up in our butternut squash recipes: in the mood for a project? This butternut squash recipe is a kitchen DIY to make your own squash chips! You don't even need a dehydratror: they're baked in the oven! It's helpful to have a mandoline to slice the squash into evenly thin slices. Brush them with olive oil and top with salt and a little Parmesan cheese, then bake until they're crispy. They make the perfect alternative to potato chips!
The one stumbling block with butternut squash is this: how to cut it! It’s notoriously difficult to saw open. And if you’re not confident, there can be safety risks! To help you learn exactly how to do it, we made you a video! Here’s a quick video instruction on the right way to cut butternut squash:
Video: The right way to butternut squash (2 minutes)
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.
Use a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin of the neck and the round base.
Slice the round base in half, then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
Cut a flat edge on the side of the neck. Then cut it into roughly 1/4″ slices. Cut the slices into strips, then turn the strips and chop them crosswise to create cubes.
Slice off the end of the base and slice it into roughly 1/4″ slices. Then chop the slices crosswise to create cubes.
As you might guess from its orange color, butternut squash is full of nutrients. According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, squash is full of beta carotene, protein, Vitamin C & B6, potassium, and fiber. While there are no studies to cite on specific health benefits of butternut squash, 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.
In a medium bowl, toss with the olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then pour the squash on top in an even layer. Roast 30 to 35 minutes until tender and browned, turning once. Serve as a side dish, or part of Butternut Squash Risotto.