Butternut Squash Recipes

How to cook butternut squash? Let us count the ways. The fall vegetable can be mashed, roasted, transformed into soup or stew, tucked into pasta or salad, and so much more -- all with delectable results. It's also a great base for lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes.

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Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger

Sweet roasted butternut squash tempers the heat of fresh ginger in this vegan soup. Coconut milk is swirled in for creaminess, while toasted squash seeds add a pleasing crunch.
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Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

A Thanksgiving-worthy soup blends tangy, sweet apples with mellow butternut squash. Meanwhile cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne add vibrant flavors.

Slow-Cooker White-Bean Soup

There's butternut squash, leeks, and spinach as well as white beans in this hearty, rich, and flavorful vegetarian soup. It's a recipe that proves the slow cooker is as well suited to vegetable recipes as to big pieces of meat.

Chicken Potpie with Brown-Butter Crust

Brown butter turns the crust for this comfort-food classic into a flaky, nutty marvel. Butternut squash and cremini mushrooms give the usual chicken-and-vegetable filling extra oomph.

Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna

Rating: 3.59 stars
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Layers of sage-flecked squash and rich, creamy ricotta serve as both filling and sauce.

Butternut-Squash Pasta Sauce

Rating: 3.53 stars
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When your day is packed full, you'll appreciate the ease of this no-fuss dish.

Roasted-Squash-and-Parsnip Soup

Honeynut squash (butternut also works well), parsnips, leeks, and Granny Smith apples are roasted with fresh thyme and sage, then pureed for the base of this satisfying soup. Brown butter adds wonderful depth of flavor, and each bowl is finished with crispy fried sage and a trio of seeds (pumpkin, sesame, and poppy).

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Rating: 3.57 stars
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Instead of sugar pumpkins, you can use other winter squash in our Roasted Pumpkin Soup recipe. Kabocha, calabaza, and Hubbard are the best alternatives. Choose a squash that feels heavy for its size and is free of soft spots. The soup can be garnished with toasted pepitas or a dollop of sour cream—or both.

Butternut Bisque

Rating: 3.6 stars
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Your guests don't need to know you whipped up this elegant autumnal soup in a blender and stashed it in the freezer.

Baked Farro Risotto with Golden Vegetables and Goat Cheese

This vegetarian main is packed with nutty farro and the earthy sweetness of seasonal golden beets and butternut squash. Top it off with creamy goat cheese and crunchy pepitas for a punch of acidity and texture. 
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Pureed Vegetable Soups

Rating: 3.81 stars
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When we crave foods that are hearty and satisfying, pureed vegetable soups fit the bill on both counts. Pick your vegetable -- almost any will do -- and before you know it, you'll be dipping a spoon in a comforting, creamy bowlful that's surprisingly low in fat and calories.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Butternut Squash Recipes
Butternut squash might be fall's most versatile (and beloved!) vegetable. There are so many delicious ways to use this hard-shell squash, from soups and salads to lasagna and pizza.
Pureed Butternut Squash Soup
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This Pureed Butternut Squash Soup has pureed butternut squash along with onions, ginger, and garlic for a smooth, creamy texture. Whip up this soup recipe on the next chilly day.

Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Cook the veggies (and apple), get out the blender, and your work is done.