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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Roasted Pumpkin Soup

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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.

Pureed Vegetable Soups

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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.

Butternut-Squash Pasta Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 209
A smooth, creamy sauce comes together quickly when seasoned butternut squash and garlic are pureed in a food processor with water. 

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.

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.

Butternut-and-Boursin Shells

Herby, garlicky, creamy Boursin cheese amps up the flavor in this meatless pasta.

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.

Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna

Rating: 3.5 stars 599
Layers of sage-flecked squash and rich, creamy ricotta serve as both filling and sauce.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 246
Bright butternut squash gives beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber to this satisfying homemade soup. Serve it for dinner or—if you can't wait—lunch.

Hearty Winter-Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4 stars 170
On a chilly day, this rustic soup -- made with potatoes, leeks, butternut squash, and escarole -- will warm you right up. Serve it with our Popovers.

Baked Pasta with Cauliflower and Swiss Chard

Both the chard stems and leaves are used in this fall pasta dish. A rich, tangy sauce made with sour cream and Gruyere cheese brings it all together.

Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Rating: 3.5 stars 455
This one-pot vegetarian meal is a rich, satisfying supper that gives you the creaminess of risotto without the hovering.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Butternut Squash Recipes
Butternut squash might just 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.
Butternut Bisque
Rating: Unrated 500
Your guests don't need to know you whipped up this elegant autumnal soup in a blender and stashed it in the freezer.
Red Lentil Vegetable Stew

Marag dal is a popular Arabian Gulf stew that's typically made with red lentils, potatoes, and spices. Martha's version is even heartier, thanks to the addition of butternut squash, sweet onion, chickpeas, and kale.