Liven up this fall and winter staple with these 25 Amazing Butternut Squash starters, sides, main dishes, and even desserts you and your family will love!
Butternut squash is a delicious and versatile winter squash.
Though you can buy this squash at the grocery any time of year, it is typically harvested in late September or October, which means it’s almost time to enjoy this squash in season!
Butternut squash is super easy to grow, so if you like vegetable gardening, you may want to give it a try.
Although technically a fruit, butternut squash is typically used as a vegetable in cooking.
This squash can be roasted, toasted, pureed, or mashed and used in soups, casseroles, bread, muffins, and more. Its seeds are edible, either raw or roasted, and the skin is edible and softens when cooked.
I often see butternut squash served in ravioli and traditional butternut squash soup, but why not try something new with these unique recipes that liven up this fall and winter favorite?
These 25 Amazingly Delicious Butternut Squash starters, sides, main dishes, and desserts below will help you enjoy this fall and winter favorite with healthy and delicious meals your whole family will love!
These Easy and Delicious Butternut Squash Recipes are perfect for any occasion – busy weeknights, lazy weekends, fall and winter parties and get-togethers, and holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving!
Give these recipes a try. You won’t be disappointed!
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Filling chickpeas, roasted and fresh garlic, lemon juice, smoky cumin, paprika, and a pinch of cinnamon – this dip is absolutely bursting with fall flavor!
Serve this hummus with whole wheat pita chips and roasted carrots for a delicious starter or snack!
These fritters are the perfect comfort food to enjoy on a cold day. To serve, add a little dollop of crème fraîche on top.
Peppery arugula with roasted butternut squash, heirloom beets, goat cheese, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and Honey Balsamic Dressing. Sound pretty fantastic, right?
Not only are pears in season in the fall just like butternuts, but they also pair extremely well with our featured winter squash.
One of the most popular ways to utilize butternut squash is in soup.
This recipe takes traditional butternut squash soup to a whole new level with spicy Italian sausage and hearty mushrooms sure to warm you up this fall and winter.
Who doesn’t love bacon?!!
Roast butternut squash and bacon together to infuse bacon flavor throughout this soup for the coziest, most comforting bowl of soup ever!
This hearty and spicy chili can be a starter or serve as a meal on its own. This chili recipe is sure to please a crowd of vegans, carnivores, and gluten-free eaters alike!
Cranberries are so tasty, but I have to admit – I rarely eat them unless it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving! This recipe is a game changer.
Enjoy traditional holiday flavors reimagined in this delicious side dish that will make you want to break away from the everyday and enjoy cranberries any time!
Feta cheese balances this sweet + tart mixture with its own creaminess and sharp flavor.
This recipe is super simple. You just cut the squash, toss in oil, and bake. Then, add sea salt to finish. So easy and so good!
There is actually no cheese in this “mac and cheese” recipe (unless you want to add a little parmesan on top), which is perfect if you’re trying to avoid dairy or just want to try something new.
The “cheese” is made of roasted butternut squash, garlic, onion, curry, thyme, and broth, and if you want to make it a meal, simply add vegetables and protein.
Sweet and lightly flavored mashed butternut squash is topped with pistachio crumble to make this delicious, rich, and creamy side sure to become a mainstay at your table this season.
This healthy, fresh dish is great as a side or a vegetarian main meal. There is actually no rice in this recipe!
Butternut squash is the star, as raw butternut squash is blended in the food processor until it resembles grains of rice, then fried for a unique take on this classic Chinese side.
The sweetness of the butternut squash and caramelized onions contrast nicely with salty pancetta in this comforting dish.
Butternut squash is a welcome addition to this delicious chicken pot pie with bacon – total comfort food!!
Apples and butternut squash bring delicious sweetness to this savory dish.
These two fall favorites come together in this tasty recipe with an awesome tip for roasted garlic!
Check out these delicious slow cooker pulled pork tacos with butternut squash, smoky chipotle peppers, and sweet orange juice!
Spice up meal time with this easy recipe your whole family will love!
Pasta is the ultimate comfort food when it’s cold outside. Bowtie pasta is one of my favorites to have with a thick sauce like this recipe.
The sauce sticks in the folds of the pasta, making each bite burst with flavor!
I never would have thought to add butternut squash to a Mexican dish, but this recipe definitely pulls it off well with healthy, filling black beans, creamy cheeses, and traditional Mexican spices.
This recipe is perfect for fall – warming, hearty, and full of seasonal flavor with butternut squash and mission figs.
If you can’t find fresh figs, apples and pears would taste great, too.
Satisfy your sweet cravings the healthy way with this delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Ice Cream that’s cinnamon-spiced, maple-sweetened, vegan, and no-churn!
Enjoy cheesecake flavors made lighter with Greek yogurt in these Healthier Butternut Squash Cheesecake Bars.
Dessert crisps with vanilla ice cream on top are one of my favs!
Apple, peach, and cherry are all popular fruits for crisps, but why not jazz up this traditional dish with strictly fall fruits in a dessert you’re sure to love!
I love healthy chocolate desserts because they taste super sinful, but are actually really good for you.
This brownie recipe is vegan, but will please your non-veg friends, too.
These brownies are super moist and feature healthy foods like quinoa (the only complete veggie protein), flax, and, of course, butternut squash!
For more healthy, plant based desserts that will satisfy your chocolate craving, check out 10 Best Vegan Death by Chocolate Desserts Even Meat-Eaters Love.
This recipe is a healthier take on the beloved donut with the seasonal flavors of maple and butternut squash and filling, fiber rich oats.
These cookies are similar to the donuts above, but in cookie form (of course) with maple icing drizzled on top – so good!
Each season offers its own special gifts. Fall gives us beautiful foliage, pumpkin spice lattes, and delicious produce, including butternut squash.
This collection of 25 Best Butternut Squash Recipes – starters, sides, main dishes, and even desserts – will help you make the most of this fall and winter staple for healthy, comfort food meals you and your family will love!
These dishes are also perfect for fall and winter entertaining, Christmas and Thanksgiving, or any night of the week!
If you’ve never tried butternut squash, you should give it a chance. It’s filling, comforting, just a little sweet, and amazing in these 25 Best Ever Butternut Squash Recipes.
What do you think of these Awesome Butternut Squash Recipes? Do you think you’ll give them a try? Let me know in the comments below!