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Butternut Squash Recipes

Cheerfully orange and so versatile, butternut squash is a sweet match for any flavor. Try it in our recipes for soup, pasta dishes, stews, salads, roasted vegetables, healthy mains and more.
  • Roasted Butternut Burrito Bowls

    Roasted Butternut Burrito Bowls

    You can have this deliciously nutritious Mexican-inspired meal on the table in under an hour--or even less if you cheat and use precooked brown rice!

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  • Squash and Sausage Gnocchi

    Squash and Sausage Gnocchi

    Hello, comfort! This one-pan supper dish is loaded with Italian sausage, butternut squash, spinach and cheese.

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  • Butternut Squash Soup with Polenta Croutons

    Butternut Squash Soup with Polenta Croutons

    Polenta squares crisp up in the oven, becoming croutons that soak up the soup’s rich fall flavors. Caramelized onions and fresh chives add pops of flavor to the butternut squash.

    Butternut Squash Soup with Polenta Croutons

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  • Butternut-Tahini Dip

    Butternut-Tahini Dip

    This creamy dip is packed with healthy ingredients, so it's great for keeping in the fridge for weekday snacks--but it's also tasty enough to serve at a party.

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  • Butternut Squash and  Sausage Skewers

    Butternut Squash and Sausage Skewers

    This crowd-pleasing sweet-and-salty appetizer comes from the Chowgirls Killer Catering cookbook. For ease or just a different flavor, you can skip roasting fresh Italian sausage and swap in a smoky precooked sausage. 

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  • Butternut Squash Bake

    This creamy squash casserole calls for mascarpone—a mild, soft, butterlike cheese—as well as Parmesan. You can substitute softened cream cheese for the mascarpone if you prefer. Time-saver: Look for precut squash in your supermarket. (You can also bake the squash in your oven first to make it easier to peel and cut.)

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  • Orange Sauced Butternut Squash, Carrots and Dried Cherries

    Orange Sauced Butternut Squash, Carrots and Dried Cherries

    Sweet butternut squash and brown sugar balance tangy balsamic vinegar and tart cherries.

    Orange Sauced Butternut Squash, Carrots and Dried Cherries

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  • Maple-Chile Butternut Soup

    Maple-Chile Butternut Soup

    This is a great dairy-free (and cholesterol-free, too) soup in its own right, but a drizzle of Asian-spiced maple syrup adds a wonderfully unexpected kick and dramatic red flourish. The recipe comes from The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook (University of Minnesota Press, $29.95).

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  • Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

    Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

    The combo of butternut squash, rigatoni, bacon and smoked cheese makes for a delicious twist on traditional mac and cheese.

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  • Butternut Squash, Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

    Butternut Squash, Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

    Here's a main-dish soup loaded with veggies. Need to reduce the sodium? Use only one can of French onion soup and replace the other with 1-1/2 cups water.

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  • Texas Beef with Butternut Squash

    Texas Beef with Butternut Squash

    Lightly spiced beef chuck roast combines perfectly with soft butternut squash in the slow cooker. A surprising ingredient is unsweetened cocoa powder, which gives the dish a rich flavor. Serve with crusty French bread to soak up the sauce.

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  • Wild Rice Stuffing with Squash and Mushrooms

    Wild Rice Stuffing with Squash and Mushrooms

    This hearty, colorful side dish will be just as happy alongside pork chops or chicken as it is on your holiday table with turkey.

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  • Thai Butternut Squash Soup

    Butternut squash, chicken broth, coconut milk, brown sugar and seasonings combine for a creamy, rich soup. For added flavor, top with Thai Gremolata, a mix of fresh basil or cilantro, chopped peanuts and finely shredded lemon peel.

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  • Oven-Roasted Squash and Beets with Arugula

    Oven-Roasted Squash and Beets with Arugula

    This calicolike blend is as nutritious as it is pretty. The veggies roast separately so the beets don't dye the squash pink. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

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  • Maple-Butternut Puree

    Maple-Butternut Puree

    Roasting brings out squash's natural sugars. Blending with maple syrup, butter and nutmeg makes it utterly addictive. Bonus: This dish reheats beautifully.

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  • Squash and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie

    Sweet Italian sausage and mashed butternut squash lend a contemporary twist to the traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie. 

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  • Harvest Lentil Salad

    Harvest Lentil Salad

    Packed with healthy nutrients, this dish is perfect for any occasion. Serve as a side with a pork tenderloin roast or turkey breast or as a meat-free dinner salad with warm, crusty wheat rolls.

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  • Slow-Cooker Pot Roast Stew

    Butternut squash, apples and onions cook with boneless beef chuck pot roast. Serve over hot cooked couscous.

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  • Red Beans and Rice with Squash

    Red Beans and Rice with Squash

    Bored with the usual rice and beans? Dress it up, autumn-style, with butternut squash and allspice.

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  • Cheddar-Maple Squash

    A little cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and turkey bacon dress up butternut squash for this side dish. 

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  • New World Chili

    New World Chili

    Pumpkin, dried cranberries, jalapeno peppers, and turkey add an unusual flavor twist to slow-simmering chili.

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  • Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

    Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

    Sweet squash and apple pair with sharp Gorgonzola and tangy dressing in this autumn salad from Black Star Farm in Suttons Bay, Michigan. The dressing calls for verjus, a tart pressed grape juice. You can order verjust online or find it as specialty stores, but wine vinegar makes a good substitute.

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  • Chicken and Kielbasa Winter Stew

    Chicken and Kielbasa Winter Stew

    Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but this hearty supper soup takes just an hour to make. The secret? Deli-roasted chicken and precooked sausage. Pair with breadsticks or a crusty baguette for a perfect winter meal that will fill your house with good smells.

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  • Walnut Room Butternut Squash Ravioli

    Toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) add crunchiness to this main dish recipe from Macy's Walnut Room in Chicago. Dried cranberries, sweet red pepper and sage add color.

    Walnut Room Butternut Squash Ravioli

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