This collection of Butternut Squash Recipes will inspire you to use it all fall and winter long! Recipes include butternut squash soup, butternut squash risotto, pasta and pie, along with handy info such as nutrition information, choosing and storing it, and so much more!

I adore every single variety of winter squash, but there’s one that I always have in my pantry during the fall and winter months because of its versatility.

This collection of 30+ Butternut Squash Recipes will show you just how versatile butternut squash is. It’s great stuffed, puréed for pies and sauces, spiralized into noodles, and roasted butternut squash and mashed butternut squash are two of our favorite dishes!

Whether it’s a new method of cooking it or simply pairing it with different ingredients, I find exciting new ways to use it all the time.

There’s simply nothing that butternut squash can’t do. 🙂

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What is butternut squash?

Butternut squash is a variety of winter squash that’s in season during the fall and winter months. It grows on a vine, has tan-yellow skin and bright orange flesh, and typically ranges in size from 3-5 lbs.

Botanically it’s a fruit, but in the culinary world it’s used as a vegetable. The skin is completely edible, and the squash may be eaten raw or cooked.

What does butternut squash taste like?

Butternut squash is similar in flavor to pumpkin, but it’s much sweeter and has a mild nutty flavor. When cooked, it has a tender, velvety texture.

Good butternut squash substitutes are delicata squash, kabocha squash, honeynut squash and sweet potatoes.

How to choose butternut squash

Choose squash that’s firm, heavy for its size, and is free from discoloration or punctures.

How to store butternut squash?

Butternut squash may be stored for 2-3 months in the pantry, which makes it great for your pantry recipes.

Once peeled and cut, store for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or freeze it for up to 3 months.

How to prepare butternut squash?

The sky is the limit when it comes to butternut squash preparation. It may be spiralized into noodles, cut into cubes for roasting, boiled or you can make whole roasted butternut squash.

Cutting butternut squash can seem daunting, and I’ve tried every way possible. See my post how to peel and cut butternut squash for all of my tips to get the job done quickly and easily.

Is butternut squash good for you?

Butternut squash is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so it can be part of a healthy diet.

One cup of cubed butternut squash includes 63 calories, 16 grams carbs, 2.8 grams fiber, 3.1 grams sugar, 1.4 grams protein, and 493 mg potassium.

If you have health concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor to determine if butternut squash is right for you.

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Best butternut squash recipes

The collection of butternut recipes below will show you how truly versatile it is. It’s great in both sweet and savory applications, from pie to mac and cheese.

I hope the recipes below inspire you to use it in exciting new ways!

Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries | The Rustic Foodie®

This Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries recipe can be air fried or baked! It’s served with a creamy lemon garlic rosemary dipping sauce.
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Butternut Squash Alfredo – Herbs & Flour

This Butternut Squash Alfredo is the perfect fall comfort dish! This simple recipe uses roasted butternut squash to make a creamy, delicious sauce to top your favourite pasta!
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Butternut Squash Butter Chicken | Kitchen Confidante

Looking for a simple butter chicken recipe? This recipe has elements of a traditional Indian butter chicken, lightened up with butternut squash!
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Squash Carbonara (Dairy-Free) | My Kitchen Love

Perfectly luscious and delicious dairy-free Squash Carbonara. This squash carbonara recipe gets its silky texture from a butternut squash sauce.
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Butternut Squash Casserole with Streusel Topping

Butternut Squash Casserole is fluffy and delicious with homemade butternut squash purée and a hearty pecan streusel topping. It's a great holiday side dish and it may be made entirely in advance!
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Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole | A Saucy Kitchen

Enjoy this veggie filled, protein packed Black Bean & Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole – all your favourite Tex-Mex, enchilada flavours without all of the hassle of filling and rolling individual tortillas. Simply alternate between layers of sauce, filling, cheese and tortillas then bake and enj…
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

This butternut squash mac and cheese uses an entire squash and is the perfect addition to any fall meal. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs for a crunchy topping!
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Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad is a hearty vegan quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate and a tangy, sweet apple cider maple dressing!
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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter | Skinnytaste

An easy butternut squash ravioli recipe made with wonton wrappers – the perfect shortcut instead of making your own pasta.
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Baked butternut squash risotto on a plate with crispy sage leaves

Baked Butternut Squash Risotto

Baked Butternut Squash Risotto is creamy, satisfying and so easy to make! There's no bothersome stirring, it comes together in one pot and it involves just a few minutes of prep!
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Chipotle-Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos | Dishing Out Health

Chipotle-Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos with black beans, poblano peppers, and creamy avocado sauce. Vegan, gluten free, and kid-friendly.
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Cinnamon roasted butternut squash in a bowl

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash is tender and caramelized with the warm flavor of cinnamon. It's gluten-free, vegan and is perfect as an easy side dish or tossed in salads and grain bowls!
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Butternut squash soup in a white bowl with croutons on top

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup is velvety smooth, creamy, and one of the most comforting soups you'll ever eat. It's naturally gluten free, vegetarian and great for meal prep!
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Fall Harvest Salad

This Fall Harvest Salad is packed with sweet and savory flavors and is tossed with a sweet, tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. It makes a great side dish or lunch and it can be prepped in advance!
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How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash

Learn How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash quickly and easily with this simple tutorial! From there, use cubed butternut squash in a multitude of recipes or freeze for a later date!
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FODMAP IT!™ Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate

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Garlic Butternut Squash Noodles | Running to the Kitchen

These garlicky butternut squash noodles are tossed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and ricotta for a wintry, one-pan vegetarian meal.
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Butternut Squash Pie | House of Yumm

This smooth, spicy made from scratch Butternut Squash Pie tastes even better than the traditional pumpkin pie!! Make this one for Thanksgiving dessert and EVERYONE will be asking for the recipe and wanting to know
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Mashed Butternut Squash

Mashed Butternut Squash is savory, velvety in texture, and makes a wonderful side dish for anything you're serving! It's gluten-free, completely customizable and so easy to make!
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Moroccan Butternut Squash Chickpea Stew | Vanilla And Bean

A warming stew for those busy weeknights, Moroccan Butternut Squash Chickpea Stew is easy to make! Share with naan and Greek yogurt or coconut cream!
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Orange Glazed Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts | Heartbeet Kitchen

This orange-glazed brussels sprouts and butternut squash recipe with pecans elevates classic brussels sprouts, a perfect vegetable side dish!
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Creamy Orzo Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash | Vikalinka

This creamy orzo pasta with roasted butternut squash, kale, fresh sage and Parmesan cheese is a delicious and nutritious vegetarian dinner option.
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Pork Chops with Apples and Butternut Squash | The Forked Spoon

Pork Chops with Apples and Butternut Squash brings all the delicious flavors of fall right to your dinner table. Cooked in just one skillet, this easy recipe requires simple ingredients like sweet apples, butternut squash, fresh rosemary, apple cider, and juicy bone-in pork chops.
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup is velvety smooth soup with caramelized butternut squash, pears and a spicy sweet ginger kick!
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Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate | Recipe Runner

Roasted butternut squash with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds is a simple and delicious side dish to make this winter.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta | Salt and Lavender

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta | Salt and Lavender

This roasted butternut squash pasta recipe is sure to become a favorite this fall! Butternut squash, warm spices, sage, and a brown butter sauce makes this easy pasta recipe a winner.
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Roasted Vegetable Butternut Squash Lasagna | Ambitious Kitchen

Cozy roasted vegetable butternut squash lasagna packed with veggies, warming spices and layers of melted cheese. Comfort food at its finest!
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Roasted Whole Butternut Squash

Roasted Whole Butternut Squash is tender, velvety and perfect for purée, casserole, soup, desserts and more! Recipe includes how to cut butternut squash in half in just a few easy steps!
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Sausage Butternut Squash Skillet | Garden in the Kitchen

This easy Sausage Butternut Squash Skillet is loaded with butternut squash, apples, and Italian sausage and is ready in 30 minutes!
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Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash | The Roasted Root

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, apple, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, and pumpkin seeds – a nutritious side dish!
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Delicious Vegan Butternut Squash Curry | Healthy Nibbles and Bits

This delicious butternut squash curry is rich, tangy, and spicy. It is filled with tomatoes and spinach and ready in about 45 minutes!
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Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash | Vegan Huggs

This Stuffed Butternut Squash is an all-in-one meal that is hearty and bursting with fall flavors. It’s a beautiful main dish which also makes it perfect for a holiday dinner.
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