I have a complicated relationship with these best butternut squash recipes. When I was 15, I tried to cook my very first pot of butternut squash soup from scratch. I was using a dull chef’s knife to cut the squash in half when, in the blink of an eye, I sliced off the tip of my index finger. The mediocre knife was no match for the tough root vegetable.
If you’re wondering how to cut a butternut squash without losing a finger, we’ve got you covered with tips and tricks. (My 15 year old self would appreciate the how-to guide). But if you want delicious butternut squash recipes to make during the cold months, here are 31 of our best recipes. From butternut squash soup to pizza to fall pasta recipes galore, these entrees and sides will get you through the colder months of the year.
1. Apple Cider Chicken with Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad in a Multicooker
If you have a pressure cooker with air fryer functionality, put it to good use with this apple cider-glazed chicken served with fluffy quinoa and roasted butternut squash. Simply toss the squash with olive oil, salt and pepper before cooking on the “Steam & Crisp” setting of your machine.
2. Caramelized Butternut Squash Pizza
Friday night pizza just got a delicious upgrade with this vegetarian pizza. No meat is needed when the squash is so tasty: thinly slice it, then drizzle with olive oil, maple syrup, coriander seeds and ground cayenne pepper. The all-white pizza features a duo of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, plus a little extra maple syrup on top, for good measure.
3. Brown butter pasta with butternut squash, walnuts and sage
This simple pasta recipe has everything we would want in the perfect fall pasta – butternut squash, walnuts, sage and freshly grated nutmeg.
4. Fall Vegetable Tian with Cheddar
We’re all about that gorgeous golden casserole with layer upon layer of root vegetables like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, waxy potatoes, parsnips, carrots and beets. Fresh thyme lends earthy notes to every bite, and sharp cheddar ties it all together.
5. Butternut squash soup
Emma Laperruque has once again won us over with this comforting soup recipe, which offers two ways to make butternut squash. Roast a portion with yellow onions, olive oil, salt and pepper. Boil the other with salt and garlic until just tender. Blend everything into a smooth, creamy puree.
6. Braised winter squash with coconut and chilli
Here’s a cozy dish that packs a surprisingly spicy punch. Any winter squash works here, but we’ll always advocate butternut squash because it’s delicious and readily available. First, toast it until crispy, then slowly cook it in a Dutch oven with coconut milk, harissa, cilantro and rosemary until tender. be tender.
seven. Squash and Brown Butter Tortelli with Brussels Sprouts and Balsamic Vinegar
Somewhere between a traditional Thanksgiving feast and a northern Italian specialty is this fall pasta recipe. The filling includes a combination of butternut squash, ricotta and brown butter; a plate of tortelli is tossed with wedges of roasted Brussels sprouts.
8. Squash Panzanella with Bagna Cauda
When you picture panzanella, the first thing that comes to mind is a summery iteration bursting with juicy tomatoes, basil, and crunchy cucumbers. But the Italian bread salad shouldn’t expire after Labor Day. We gave it an autumnal twist with an assortment of root vegetables, squash and bagna cauda.
9. Butternut, Apple and Spinach Baby Food
Give your little ones something delicious to eat with this sweet and nutritious recipe for butternut squash mash topped with apples and spinach.
ten. Roasted Winter Squash Soup with Sfoglia Lorda
You know that feeling of walking outside in temperatures so freezing you think your face will be frozen forever? This soup recipe is the cure. Use any type of squash you can find, but we especially like it with butternut squash. Sfoglia lorda – bite-sized ravioli filled with goat cheese – sauté in the soup near the end of the cooking process.
11. Potato gnocchi with butternut squash, pancetta and sage from Rōze Traoré
You can pair butternut squash and sage with any batter, but we love the fluffy nature of fluffy gnocchi. Top with a dollop of fresh ricotta, because why not?
12. Orecchiette pasta with roasted butternut squash, kale and caramelized red onion
Orecchiette seems to be always associated with sausage and broccoli rabe. While it’s definitely part of our fall dinner rotation, this recipe is a refreshing change. For starters, it’s completely vegetarian, but gets a lot of weight from squash, kale, and sweet red onions. It comes together in just under an hour, making it a winner of the week.
13. Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash Pie
Does anybody really hosting fall harvest dinners outside of Stars Hollow? Probably not, but if they did, this awesome pie would be center stage. It’s packed with caramelized onions, roasted butternut squash, Gruyère and crème fraîche.
14. Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Galette
The galettes are often, but not always, sweet – pear and almond; apples and honey. But why not take advantage of colorful root vegetables like butternut squash for a savory version?
15. Mushroom Butternut Squash Risotto
There’s no reason not to add butternut squash to a creamy cheese risotto. This recipe makes a lot of risotto and you can easily adapt it to a crowd.
16. Roasted Butternut Squash Queso
Upgrade your game day feast with this fall queso. “I find that when you mix the traditional smoky-spicy queso with roasted butternut squash, it becomes an extra-silky, sweet-salty sauce,” writes recipe developer Grant Melton.
17. Butternut Wellington Squash
Step aside, mushrooms, we’ll call you back in a few months. For now, we want to use this orange vegetable in every way, which means using squash in place of the usual beef tenderloin for this vegetarian version of the holiday staple.
18. Butternut Squash Pie
If you’re as torn as we are about what to serve for Thanksgiving, this dessert is the answer. It’s a cozy hybrid of two beloved treats, and fall’s best vegetable is at the center of it all.
19. Ricotta Crostini with Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage
You can put just about anything on crostini and I’ll put them in my mouth faster than Edwin Díaz’s fastballs. However, this duo might just be my new favorite topping yet.
20. Fettuccine Alfredo with Butternut Squash and Mushrooms
Fettuccine Alfredo, a decidedly un-Italian recipe, is one of our number one comfort foods. But it’s incredibly rich and often a note. That’s why we love the combination of butternut squash and mushrooms here. They add a lot of weight for a vegetarian bite and make it a bit more interesting.
21. One-pot butternut squash stew with fresh mozzarella
Fresh mozzarella has a life beyond pizza, pasta and cheese platters. This creamy stew is made with a combination of squash, potatoes, edamame and corn. It’s a sweet recipe that sticks to your ribs that we want to pick up all season long.
22. Roasted Butternut Squash and Grilled Farro Salad with Curried Brown Butter
Enjoy it for a lighter meal or serve it alongside a cozy roast chicken for a satisfying fall dinner.
23. Butternut Sage Scones
Start your day on a tasty note with these scones, which feature butternut squash puree for color and moistness. Drizzle them with a cinnamon sugar syrup to enhance the flavor of warming spices like nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
24. Fall Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash and Bacon
butternut squash and bacon? Sign us up! In this recipe, cubes of tender squash are folded into a creamy macaroni and cheese. Everything is cooked in a casserole dish until golden brown and bubbly. For an even simpler recipe, try this stovetop version.
25. Butternut Squash with Chili Yogurt and Cilantro Sauce from Yotam Ottolenghi
Ottolenghi’s Simple Side Dish is perhaps our favorite way to cook and serve butternut squash (but don’t tell the other 30 recipes on this list!)
26. Weekday autumn pasta
Even when you’re short on time, this family-friendly fall pasta recipe is totally manageable. Most prep time involves roasting the kale, so you have plenty of time to do other chores while it cooks.
27. Thomas Keller’s butternut squash soup with crème fraîche with brown butter, sage and nutmeg
It’s the most luxurious butternut squash soup we’ve ever tasted, thanks to the spicy crème fraîche and brown butter.
28. Roasted Fall Vegetables with Nut-Miso Sauce
A side dish for every day and any time. The nutty, umami-rich sauce has enough punch to stand up to seasonal root vegetables.
29. Butternut squash and saffron risotto
The saffron not only adds a delicate, light floral flavor to this squash risotto, but it also creates a stunning yellow hue, which makes the resulting dish even more vibrant.
30. Wedges of butternut squash caramelized with sage and hazelnut pesto
Sage and butternut squash really are like peanut butter and jelly – you can’t really enjoy one without the other. Here, butternut squash is tossed with a sage pesto, rather than the usual basil-based version.
31. Vegan butternut squash soup
An ultra-creamy soup totally dairy-free. You’re welcome.