From vibrant risotto to fluffy pancakes, these hearty and delicious butternut squash recipes are so insanely good, you’ll want to make them all!
And since they’re so quick and easy, you totally can.
35 Best Butternut Squash Recipes
Butternut squash is available year-round, so you don’t have to wait to make these delicious dishes.
And thank goodness, right? Because I crave roasted squash at least once a week!
It’s hearty, perfect for vegans, and even kid-friendly.
So try these butternut squash recipes, and let me know which is your favorite!
1. Butternut Squash Soup
Rich, velvety, thick soup will always be my favorite.
And you can easily customize this one depending on your tastes.
So make it extra smooth or chunky, or sprinkle over some paprika for a bit of heat.
My suggestion? Top it with crispy pancetta, fresh rosemary, and some crunchy croutons.
2. Butternut Squash and Chorizo Hash
Spicy chorizo sausage, soft veg, and one runny fried egg on top are all you need to pull this delicious meal together.
And from dawn to dusk, this colorful hash is epic on all levels.
Spicy, sweet, and crunchy – it really has it all!
3. Roasted Butternut Squash
Want a super simple side dish? Just roast butternut squash in the oven until it’s golden brown, and it’s ready to go.
This recipe features olive oil, maple syrup, salt, fresh rosemary, and cinnamon. And it pairs well with everything from tofu to fish.
Heck, you can even throw these in tacos with black beans for a hearty and scrummy vegetarian dinner! Yum!
4. Apple Butternut Squash Casserole
Speaking of hearty and scummy sides: here’s one my family begs for!
Between the crisp apples, peppery onion, fresh herbs, bacon, and pecans, it’s a cornucopia of textures and flavors.
You’ll cook the squash on a baking sheet with the onions and apples. Then add the sweet-salty bacon mix for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Easy peasy!
5. Chai-Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins with Salted Honey Glaze
If you enjoy pumpkin bread as much as I do, you have to try these chai-spiced squash muffins!
From the fluffy texture and bright color to the salted honey glaze, they’re a must-make!
Serve them for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack. Either way, they won’t last long.
6. Butternut Squash & Mushroom Tart
As much as I love sweet tarts, I often crave something salty and savory.
And this butternut and mushroom recipe hits the spot every single time!
It’s rich, buttery, and the golden brown pastry is so wholesome.
Plus, it’s vegetarian, so you can serve it at your next brunch, and everyone can enjoy it!
7. Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup
It really doesn’t get much easier than tossing ingredients into a blender and waiting a few minutes.
Seriously, if you haven’t invested in a Vitamix yet, consider this your sign!
You’ll love this simple yet tasty blend of squash, apples, celery, carrots, stock, and cinnamon.
Serve with a drizzle of olive oil or maple syrup. Delish!
8. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
I am always game for a loaded-up salad – especially when it looks this good.
And all you have to do is roast squash and bacon, then pile it over a bed of greens.
It works well as a simple side dish. Though you could add pork or steak to make it a whole meal.
9. Hasselback Butternut Squash, Two Ways
Okay, Hasselback potatoes are tasty, but have you ever had Hasselback squash halves? YUM.
It’s hard to pick which is better here. But luckily, you’ll have two halves, so you could make both!
Though if I had to pick one, I’d probably go for the one with maple syrup and chopped pecans.
10. Orange Shakshuka
Shakshuka is one of those comfort foods I just can’t get enough of. There’s something so satisfying about eggs cooked in spicy tomato bath.
But this spin on the classic Eggs in Purgatory is so fun, I just had to try it!
And it delivers in spades!
Enjoy this recipe any time of the day, but bring your friends because it’s filling.
11. Butternut Baked Ziti
Let’s get real, baked ziti is incredible no matter how you make it.
But fire-roasted tomatoes and loads of cheese are only made better when you add in pureed, sweet butternut squash.
It makes the sauce extra thick and is a terrific way to sneak some veggies into your next family dinner. Talk about a win-win!
12. Apple Cider Braised Pork Shoulder with Roasted Garlic Whipped Butternut Squash
What could be better than juicy, tangy pork shoulder and a hearty scoop of whipped squash?
I can’t think of anything!
You’ll sear the pork, so it gets a delightful caramelized crust. Then braise it in an apple cider bath for maximum flavor.
Serve it over a bed of soft squash, and get ready to drool!
13. Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Another squash soup? Oh yes!
This curried recipe takes that veg we all love and lifts it with complex spices and a nice layer of heat.
It’s super creamy and sure to warm your soul.
And don’t worry, the coconut milk and vegetable broth keep it from being too spicy.
14. Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Sage and Pomegranate
The award for the most elegant squash recipe goes to this dish right here!
Your guests will be absolutely floored by the beautiful presentation and complex flavors in this recipe.
And you’ll love how easily they come together!
15. Grilled Chicken and Roasted Butternut Salad with Tahini Dressing
If you find yourself wishing your salad had more to offer, give this recipe a try.
I love grilled meats over greens. But when you also add baked butternut squash and zesty lemon tahini? It’s game over.
This salad is so filling and flavorful, you’ll want it every day of the week.
16. Butternut Squash Pasta with Chili Oil, Feta & Mint
Winter squash recipes like this one have me speechless.
There isn’t much more to say about the taste in this recipe, other than the flavor combination is divine.
Citrus, chili oil, salty feta, and fresh mint all work together to make this the best pasta dish I’ve ever had.
17. Shiitake Penne With Butternut Squash
This recipe is beyond cozy and comforting.
Give your body a hug from the inside with penne, woody, earthy sage and mushrooms, and rich creme fraiche.
Seriously, it’s too good to miss.
18. Roasted Butternut and Tomato Soup
If you like tomato bisque, this recipe has a similar thick and smooth texture to warm your heart.
The tomato is elevated with our fave orange veg, adding a lightly sweet and luscious flavor to the soup.
I highly recommend a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of this bowl and to serve with a crunch baguette, too!
19. Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese
Take another look at that title and imagine the incredible bursts of flavor that come out of this recipe.
Not to mention the obvious healthy attributes.
The veg in this recipe is roasted with turmeric, adding a peppery and earthy flavor that is partnered with bright and aromatic pomegranate.
Do not forego the goat cheese, as the creamy addition is essential!
20. Butternut Risotto with Leeks and Spinach
Hello, Instant Pot dinner of your dreams!
Between the heavenly wine reduction, baked butternut squash, leek, and spinach risotto, this is one impressive weeknight dinner.
21. Gnocchi with Butternut, Kale and Brown Butter Sauce
Gnocchi is always a hit, but this is one heavenly, hearty dinner you must try!
This is a beautifully diverse dish with fried sage, tender kale, and, of course, delicate potato dumplings!
If you are looking for a beautiful vegetarian dish, this has to be on your list!
22. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries
This side dish is so good, you don’t need anything on the side. All you’ll want is a big bowl and a fork!
Roasted brussels sprouts and squash are a match made in heaven.
By adding pecans and dried cranberries, the flavors, and textures of this are out of this world.
23. Butternut Mac and Cheese
Mac & cheese is definitely not just for kids. But don’t worry, this recipe is totally family-friendly!
I love finding recipes that hide nutritious ingredients, so this dish is a win in my books.
As expected, you’ll add pureed veg to the cheese, so the colors and flavor blend in well with the cheesy penne.
24. Roasted Butternut Squash Prosciutto Pizza with Caramelized Onions
Bougie pizza is back, and it’s here to stay! In fact, I think this pizza is fit for the Queen herself!
Topped with caramelized onions, herbs, and rustic prosciutto with loads of mozzarella, fontina, and blue cheese, it’s something extraordinary.
25. Vegetarian Butternut and Black Beans Enchiladas
Vegetarian enchiladas don’t have to be limited to beans and cheese, you know?
These vegetarian enchiladas are filling and a fabulous main course!
Use fresh or frozen veg for this recipe; both ways are divine!
26. Easy Butternut Squash Pancakes
Pancakes taste so much better when you can eat a stack with no guilt, so these pancakes are a clear win!
This recipe is gluten-free and loaded with vitamins from the added veg.
Even better, you can add a scoop of protein powder for some ultra-healthy protein pancakes, too!
27. Butternut Quesadillas with Chicken and Kale
Quesadillas have long had a reputation for being cheap and easy.
But why not take them to the next level and load up a couple of tortillas with kale, roasted butternut, shredded chicken, and goat and mozzarella cheese?
They take the humble quesadilla from yum to YUM!
28. Mashed Butternut Squash
Look out potatoes, mashed butternut is in town!
Whether you call them smashed or squashed, these are the perfect side for any dinner.
Simply bake halved squash and scoop out the buttery goodness before smashing.
For a creamier version that’s vegan-friendly, I recommend using coconut cream rather than light cream.
29. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
I cannot believe I ever strained over stirring risotto when this recipe was floating on the internet!
You’ll love how easily this meal comes together – the risotto and veg bake at the same time!
How easy is that?
30. Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew
Meatless Mondays are sure to be a hit with the flavors of this Moroccan stew!
Loaded with lentils, chickpeas, and tomatoes in a slew of stew spices, you’ll have a hard time sticking to one bowl.
The stew is super flavorful and is a terrific meal prep option for the week.
31. Butternut Pasta Carbonara
If you’ve ever struggled to make carbonara, this is the perfect recipe for you!
The sauce here adds dimension and texture, plus a dose of goodness thanks to the veg. It’s the perfect partner for crispy bacon and noodles.
Plus, you don’t need to worry about scrambling any eggs!
32. Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado
If you haven’t had squash chili before, you now know what to add to your next meal plan.
What I love most about adding buttery chunks of veg to chili is how filling and wholesome it is for very little extra work.
Of course, the avocado and crunchy tortilla strips balance out the spice, too!
33. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Curried Couscous Salad
Roasted and sugared squash in a curried couscous salad? I’m head over heels for this one.
The honey curry dressing is a dream and something you’ll want on everything going forward.
Add some cranberries, pecans, and scallions, and it’s pretty hard to resist a second bowl.
34. Creamy Butternut Squash Butter Chicken
Want a hearty, rich, and impossibly delicious dinner? How about butternut butter chicken?
It’s super luxurious and overflowing with goodness.
Cook pre-cut butternut or frozen cubes for ease, and serve with rice, cauliflower rice, and fluffy naan.
35. Butternut Squash Bread
Make something different for your next brunch and serve this soft and moist butternut bread.
It’s just like pumpkin bread and just as loaded with warm spices.
But there’s also a splash of orange juice, giving it a lightly sweet citrus note.
Feel free to add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or a sweet glaze.
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