Butternut squash will satisfy your cravings for rich, hearty food to balance the crisp fall air.
By Elisa Marks
Bring on the Butternut…
Butternut squash is nutritious and sweet, loaded with creamy flavor, antioxidants, and potassium. Combined with other fall vegetables, it becomes the perfect base for delicious, healthy, and colorful vegetarian meals.
Butternut Squash and Heirloom Bean Chili
Although this is a vegetarian chili, the squash and beans give it a rich, meaty quality. We like it served over of a bowl of rice or with a side of cornbread to mop up the sauce. Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale
This one-pot recipe combines kale and butternut squash in a healthy and filling pasta dish that’s a nice alternative to traditional spaghetti and tomato sauce recipes. Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash-White Bean Stew
The squash, celery, tomatoes, and mushrooms in this stew help make for a colorful fall meal—perfect for eating on a cold, rainy day. Serve it with a side of cheese toast to make it a full meal. Get the recipe here.
Crock Pot Butternut Squash Applesauce
The sweetness of the butternut squash and cinnamon in this applesauce hide a full serving of vegetables, making this a great breakfast meal or after-school snack. Get the recipe here.
Rigatoni with Sausage, Butternut Squash, and Spinach
Sweet butternut squash, savory sausage, pasta, and a healthy sprinkling of cheese combine to make this a casserole that even picky kids will find hard to resist. Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Bruschetta
An apple, sugar, and cinnamon mixture piled on toasted bread and drizzled with honey is a perfect garnish for this warm, creamy, and flavorful soup. Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash Risotto with Pumpkin Seeds and Parmesan
The tender risotto in this dish absorbs the flavor of the butternut squash. Both vegetarian and gluten-free, the risotto can easily be served as a side dish or as a main course. Get the recipe here.
Roasted Butternut Squash, Cheddar, and Sage Galette
Butternut squash, sharp cheddar, and sage fill a tender pastry crust in a beautiful and tasty dish. For even easier preparation, use a premade crust. Get the recipe here.
Smoked Apple and Butternut Squash Soup
The chipotle chili powder in this soup sets off the milder flavors of the apple and squash. Garnish the soup with toasted pecans, sour cream swirls, and apple slices, and everyone at your table will be impressed with your culinary skills. Get the recipe here.
Squash and Greens Lasagna
Butternut squash and turnip greens might not be normal lasagna ingredients, but they combine in perfect harmony in this dish. It’s so filling, you just might forget that there’s no meat! Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash Filled with Spinach and Ricotta
Enhance simple butternut squash by filling it with a spinach and ricotta cheese stuffing. The bright colors of this dish will balance the season’s autumnal tones beautifully. Get the recipe here.
Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash
Potatoes and squash combine in a fluffy, delicious twist on normal mashed potatoes. For an added bonus, these have over 1000 mg of potassium, a nutrient that is often lacking in an American diet. Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash and Tomato Bisque
The maple syrup in this dish makes it rich enough so that no cream is needed, making it great for Dairy-free dieters looking for a tasty yet creamy soup. It can be prepared up to a month in advance and frozen so you can easily pull out a ready-made meal on a busy day. Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash Soufflé
This soufflé can be mixed in the same dish it’s baked in, making it an easy weeknight casserole. The secret to its sweetness comes from the simple streusel—made out of cereal and brown sugar—that gets sprinkled on top. Get the recipe here.
Roasted Winter Squash with Cornbread Stuffing
Instead of turkey and stuffing, try squash and stuffing—this squash overflows with nuts, fruit, and other dressing ingredients. Get the recipe here.
Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberries
Combine cooked quinoa and pre-diced butternut squash with the other basic household ingredients found in this recipe, and you have an easy salad that takes almost no time to put together. Vinegar gives the dish a slight bite, and a goat cheese garnish sets off the flavors of this colorful dish. Get the recipe here.
Butternut Squash and Cheese Panade
This panade can be a vegetarian main dish or a filling side. Leftover vegetables and bread combine in a broth-covered dish baked to bubbling, puffy perfection. Get the recipe here.
Mayan Hot Chocolate with Butternut Squash
Finish off your butternut squash feast with this hot chocolate with—yes—more squash hidden inside. The squash adds calcium and beta-carotene, lending added health benefits to the indulgence of this thick and creamy drink. Get the recipe here.
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