27 Irresistible Butternut Squash Recipes You Need to Make

Raise your oven mitts for fall's vegetable MVP.

butternut squash recipes
Mike Garten

Whether you like it roasted, pureed, or baked in a cheesy lasagna, get in on our favorite recipes — sorted by how long you'll need to make 'em — where this winter squash steals the spotlight. But before you dig in, follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to correctly cook this cold-weather staple.

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Mike Garten
30 MIN: Butternut Squash Risotto

Use an and this risotto will be done before you realize it was even cooking.

Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Risotto »

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butternut squash spaghetti - butternut squash recipes
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30 MIN: Butternut Squash Spaghetti With Sausage and Sage

Instead of zoodles (a.k.a. zucchini noodles), spiralize your butternut squash and add it into an already-flavorful pasta dish.

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butternut squash and pesto rotini
Kate Mathis
30 MIN: Butternut Squash and Pesto Rotini

Pasta lovers, rejoice! Swap tomatoes for butternut squash in this veggie-packed recipe.

Get the recipe for Butternut Squash and Pesto Rotini »

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Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash With Cider Vinaigrette

The best way is the classic way: sliced up, roasted, and dressed with a tangy finish.

Get the recipe for Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash With Cider Vinaigrette »

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bacon gruyere and butternut squash fritatta
Anna Watson Carl
30 MIN: Bacon, Gruyere, and Butternut Squash Frittata

Serve this cheesy skillet meal for brunch, dinner, or anything in between.

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winter squash lentil soup
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew

Enjoy tender squash and creamy lentils in minutes thanks to the magical kitchen genie that is your pressure cooker.

Get the recipe for Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew »

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cavatappi with butternut squash and bacon
Con Poulos
30 MIN: Cavatappi With Butternut Squash and Bacon

This is basically mac n' cheese with the added sweetness of squash and some bacon thrown in for good measure.

Get the recipe for Cavatappi With Butternut Squash and Bacon »

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butternut squash pancakes
Courtesy of The Lean Green Bean
30 MIN: Butternut Squash Pancakes

Make Mom proud and eat veggies for breakfast! (Plus, a river of maple syrup goodness.)

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Mike Garten
30 MIN: Arugula-Kale Harvest Salad

Everything but the kitchen sink, fall salad edition.

Get the recipe for Arugula-Kale Harvest Salad »

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butternut squash and white bean soup
Danielle Occhiogrosso
45 MIN: Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup

Sweater weather coincides with sweet season. Curb your cravings by adding dried apricots to this sweet and salty soup.

Get the recipe for Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup »

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Courtesy of The Healthy Maven
45 MIN: Butternut Squash Hummus

This autumnal take on the beloved dip is guaranteed to get you tons of Instagram likes.

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Emily Kate Roemer
45 MIN: Autumn Squash Salad

Everything we want to eat in the fall (except maybe some bread) thrown into one bowl.

Get the recipe for Autumn Squash Salad »

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roasted squash panzanella - butternut squash recipes
BEATRIZ DA COSTA
60 MIN: Roasted Squash Panzanella

This combo of kale and crusty country bread is perfect for fall. You find more recipes like it in .

Get the recipe for Roasted Squash Panzanella »

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butternut squash and feta tartlets
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Butternut Squash and Feta Tartlets
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Courtesy of The Full Helping
60 MIN: Vegan Butternut Black Bean Nachos

Two words: butternut queso. Oh, and a third: vegan.


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Courtesy of Eat Well 101
60 MIN: Garlic Butter Roasted Butternut Squash

These babies have plenty of crevices for all that Cajun garlic butter to seep into.


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winter squash and spinach lasagna
Danielle Occhiogrosso
60 MIN: Winter Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Picture this: You wrapped in a blanket. A massive plate of this lasagna. A Hallmark movie marathon. (Yes, you can make this dream a reality.)

Get the recipe for Winter Squash and Spinach Lasagna »

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Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Seed Mole Bowls - Vegan Recipes
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Seed Mole Bowls

This vegetarian bowl is topped with an addictive coconut milk and pepita mole that will make you forget about meat entirely.

Get the recipe for Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Seed Mole Bowls »

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butternut squash soup
Kate Mathis
90 MIN: Butternut Squash Soup With Sage
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butternut squash leek and goat cheese galette
Courtesy of From a Chef's Kitchen
90 MIN: Butternut Squash, Leek, and Goat Cheese Galette

If you can't go to France, you might as well pretend that you're there. First things first: Eat a galette.

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Courtesy of Little Spice Jar
90 MIN: Chipotle Butternut Squash Chili

Netflix and chili (butternut squash chili, that is).

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hasselback butternut squash with browned butter
Chris Court
120+ MIN: Hasselback Butternut Squash with Browned Butter

A golden brown butter gives accordion-style squash a rich sweetness. Sweet potatoes, who?!

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winter squash lasagna with brown butter bechamel
Mike Garten
120+ MIN: Winter Squash Lasagna With Brown Butter Béchamel
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Coutesy of How Sweet It Is
120 MIN: Parmesan Sage Crusted Butternut Squash Galette

Who doesn't want to get down with a savory pie when the weather gets cold?

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James Baigrie
120+ MIN: Lentil Stew With Butternut Squash

It's officially slow cooker season. Kick it off with a bang by throwing together this hearty lentil stew.

Get the recipe for Lentil Stew With Butternut Squash »

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
120+ MIN: Harvest Pizza With Roasted Butternut, Cider Caramelized Onions and Bacon

Do we need to reiterate that fall is the greatest season of all?


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Courtesy of Pinch of Yum
120+ MIN: Butternut Squash and Mushroom Enchiladas

The combination of sweet, roasted squash, melty cheese, and tangy tomatillo sauce will make you cry ... tears of joy.


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WATCH: How to Roast Butternut Squash

Butternut squash may look intimidating at first, but it's much easier to cook than you think. Here's a simple way to roast it. And be sure to follow our easy-prep tips too.

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