Our Best Butternut Squash Recipes
Thanks to its smooth, easy-to-peel surface and rich, sweet flavor, butternut squash has become the MVP of the gourd world. Like it's relations, other winter squash such as acorn and kabocha, butternuts are at their best from early fall through winter. But they are larger than most other winter squash, ranging in size from six to 12 inches long and in weight from about two to about five pounds. They have a hard, light-tan rind and golden orange flesh.
Did we mention it's versatile? Butternut squash stars in all kinds of favorite fall recipes such as soups and pasta and goes on shining into the holiday season in side dishes (cue the creamy gratin) and as a show-stopping Thanksgiving pie. We're fans, so you know we'll be roasting and baking butternut squash through the fall and into winter for purées, soups, and so much more.
What to look for when buying butternut squash? Choose one that feels heavy for its size. The skin should be smooth and uniform in color with a matte surface. A butternut squash with a fat neck and small bulb will have the smallest seed cavity and will yield the most meat. Avoid any with soft spots, bruises or mold. And once you find a good one, you'll be pleased to know that it's a keeper. This hardy squash can be kept for up to three months in a cool, dry place. But know that butternut squash will not last as long in a warm kitchen. For optimal storage keep them in the basement or another cooler place if possible. Do not refrigerate whole squash but once cut, butternut squash should be wrapped tightly and refrigerated. When it comes to cutting the smooth skin to halve, slice, or cut wedges of bright orange flesh, follow our technique for cutting a butternut squash.
Ready to cook your butternut squash? We're highlighting our favorite recipes that put this autumnal ingredient on full display.
Brown-Sugar Butternut-Squash Pie
Spicy Squash Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing
Butternut-Squash and Kale Gratin
Winter-Vegetable Red Curry
Canned goods including coconut milk and red curry paste transform butternut squash, carrots, and peppers into a hearty, flavor-packed stew. Serve with rice, grape tomatoes, and basil the first night, then turn the leftovers into a sensational potpie using store-bought puff pastry.
Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Sage
Never throw out butternut squash pulp and seeds again! Just throw them into this simple pasta dish. Ricotta and poppy seeds give it extra oomph.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic Dip
Squash Hash with Kale and Baked Eggs
Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger
Vegan soup for the win! This irresistible soup starts with a base of roasted butternut squash, adds fresh ginger for a little heat and a swirl of coconut milk for creaminess. Skip crackers or croutons and sprinkle with toasted squash seeds instead for crunch.
Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
Butternut squash lasagna, flavored with sage and grated nutmeg and layered with sheets of homemade pasta, is autumn in a baking pan.
Butternut Squash Quesadilla
Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa
Shaved-Butternut-and-Carrot Salad with Dates and Sunflower Seeds
Carrots are no surprise in a winter salad, but paper-thin shavings of uncooked butternut squash are a revelation: They have a very gentle garden sweetness and a crisp texture.
Butternut Squash Mash
Chili-Lime Roasted Butternut Salad
Chili powder, lime juice, honey, and cilantro add an unexpected zing to roasted squash in this memorable fall salad.
Spicy Butternut Squash Meatloaf
Butternut Squash Soup with Shrimp
Chickpea and Butternut Squash Stew
This North African-inspired chickpea and butternut squash stew gets incredible flavor from homemade harissa.
Lacinato Kale Salad with Roasted Squash
Not your everyday side salad, this one marries raw kale with roasted butternut squash and shallots, toasted hazelnuts, and aged goat cheese shavings. The dressing is simple: just lemon juice and flaxseed oil.
Butternut Squash and Bacon Quiche
Gluten-Free Butternut Squash, Apple, and Hazelnut Muffins
Combined with grated apple and steamed squash, hazelnut flour, which is rich in healthy fats, ensures a perfectly moist texture in these autumnal treats.