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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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.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 615
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 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.

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 Bisque

Rating: 3.5 stars 500
Your guests don't need to know you whipped up this elegant autumnal soup in a blender and stashed it in the freezer.

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.

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.

Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 3 stars 367
Made without any cream, this rich butternut squash soup is thickened by pureeing the autumn vegetable with onions and chicken broth. 

Brown-Sugar Butternut-Squash Pie

To make this recipe in less time, you can substitute organic canned butternut-squash puree for the fresh squash. For the decorating technique, see our step-by-step photos.

Butternut Squash Risotto

Rating: 3.5 stars 314
Rather than adding the butternut squash at the end, we cooked it with the Arborio rice which causes the squash to soften during the cooking process and makes the risotto dish sweeter.

Pureed Vegetable Soups

Rating: 4 stars 16
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.

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Butternut Squash Recipes to Make This Fall
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.
Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Cook the veggies (and apple), get out the blender, and your work is done.
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).