As we head into fall produce season, we’re ready for squash. Think outside the soup bowl with these 13 sweet and savory recipes that highlight just how versatile – and delicious – butternut squash can be.
1. Butternut Squash Lasagna
Hearty and satisfying, this lasagna will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike with its rustic, rib-sticking flavors. Butternut squash, mushrooms, and chestnuts pair with a creamy béchamel sauce and fontina cheese for an unusual and creative twist on the classic pasta dish. Get our Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe.
2. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Creamy and rich, this soup is exactly what we crave as the days grow cooler. Roasting the squash first not only concentrates the flavor, but it makes it much easier to prep. No chopping or slicing required, just scoop out the soft flesh and keep cooking. Get our Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
3. Butternut Squash Ravioli
Using premade wonton wrappers is a smart trick to make your own homemade ravioli with ease. To top it off, whip up a sophisticated brown butter and sage sauce. It’s the kind of dinner that makes you want to break out the white tablecloth. Get our Butternut Squash Ravioli recipe.
4. Butternut Squash Cake
If only we could eat all of our vegetables in the form of cake, life would be perfect. You can start with this rich, tender butternut squash layer cake. The squash gives the cake a delicate and moist crumb. Finish it off with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Get the recipe here.
5. Butternut Squash and Kale Toasts
Everything is better on toast, and this recipe proves our point. Crusty rustic Italian bread is topped with a savory blend of roasted squash, sautéed kale, and Parmesan cheese. Get our Butternut Squash and Kale Toasts recipe.
6. Butternut Squash Blondies
You could call this blondie recipe dessert, or you could call it a side of vegetables: your call. Butternut squash gives these blondies a moist, chewy texture. A dose of fall spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon, create a warming, aromatic dessert that we can’t get enough of. Get the recipe here
7. Browned Butternut Squash Couscous
Whole wheat couscous is the base of this healthy fall dish. It stars cumin-spiced butternut squash, with scallions for flavor and almonds for crunch. Get our Browned Butternut Squash Couscous recipe.
8. Butternut Squash Pie
All those pumpkin pies you’ve been eating over the years might have been made with butternut squash. Many bakers prefer using squash in pumpkin pie recipes for a sweeter, earthier flavor and a superior texture. Try it out in this pie recipe and see what you think! Get the recipe here.
9. Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup
Adding bacon to most dishes is a good idea, and soup is a perfect candidate. To make this soup extra rich, roast the bacon with butternut squash and blend it all together. A topping of even more crispy bacon bits takes the soup to the next level of delicious. Get the recipe here.
10. Butternut Squash and Skillet Lasagna
Cheesy, gooey lasagna gets the fall harvest treatment with a dose of butternut squash. Using a blend of three cheeses (mascarpone, mozzarella, and Parmesan) gives a savory and intense richness to this pasta dish. It’s the perfect cold weather entrée for any vegetarians (and we promise it’ll convert meat eaters too!). Get the recipe here.
11. Butternut Squash and Fontina Nachos
Listen, we’d love to eat nachos every night, but we’re trying to be real adults. Fortunately, this recipe makes nachos into a real meal so consider it dinner. Tortilla chips are loaded with butternut squash, fontina cheese, and mushrooms roasted in garlic butter. Sage leaves and a balsamic glaze top the dish off. Get the recipe here.
12. Butternut Squash Pancakes
Pancakes are a brilliant way to get your vegetable serving in at breakfast. Tangy buttermilk and spicy cinnamon make these pancakes tender and sweet. Using brown sugar adds an earthy caramelized sweetness that pairs beautifully with squash. Get the recipe here.
13. Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika and Turmeric
One of our favorite ways to eat butternut squash happens to be the easiest (we love when that happens). Simply cube and roast the squash with a generous sprinkle of turmeric, smoked paprika, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s a perfect snack or side dish for fall. Get the recipe here.
Header image: Butternut Squash Kale Toasts from Chowhound
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