I’ve always had a thing for finding new butternut squash recipes; especially for the holidays!
There’s something almost addicting about their slightly nutty, slightly sweet, creamy texture and flavor.
Butternut squash is at its best between the months of September and March; part of why it’s such a great recipe to have in the fall.
“The only problem I can find with butternut squash is that I can’t stop eating it!”, says Jessica from Coffee and Crayons (her delicious recipe for 5 Ingredient Oven Roasted Garlic and Herb Butternut Squash is below!)
And I have to say, I 1,000,000% agree. You can find butternut squash on our table most nights throughout the fall and winter.
So when I started planning my Thanksgiving menu for the year, my eye kept turning to butternut squash. I love it for its simplicity; one of my all-time fave ways to eat butternut squash is cubed and roasted with olive oil and salt.
Which reminds me: have you ever found yourself trying to cut a ginormous butternut squash and it feels like an impossible task? Me, too! Sometimes I feel like I’m gonna cut my whole arm off along with the squash.
Here’s one of my favorite kitchen tips for slicing a hard-to-cut butternut squash:
Pop it in the microwave for 10-30 seconds first! This will soften the skin enough so that the knife slips right in.
Of course, that’s not so easy when you have a jumbo sized squash on your hands inside a teeny tiny kitchen with a small microwave to match, but oh well. it’ll work in most instances #tinykitchenproblems
So now that you’re armed with some easy-slicin’ squash, let’s get to some fab butternut squash recipes that feature it, ok? Ok!
The BEST 12 butternut squash recipes from my favorite cooks:
Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta, from Jenn at Peas and Crayons
I love the pop of color that cranberries bring to this butternut squash recipe! Plus, everything is better with cheese. Salty feta is a great balance to the creamy butternut squash and the tart cranberries. This would look fab on a holiday table spread! Click here for the recipe.
3 Ingredient Butternut Squash Sheet Pan Soup from Percolate Kitchen
Sheet pan soups take the best of a sheet pan recipe and then… turns it into soup! It starts off by roasting the ingredients on a hot sheet pan, then blending them together. This butternut squash soup is creamy, delicious, and freezes great too, if you’ve got extras. I love to keep some on hand for quick and easy work-from-home lunches. Get the recipe here.
Disclosure: I’m a huge fan of Tiffany’s. And I love this easy, simple butternut squash recipe served skillet side from her website. It’s cooked in the cast iron pan, one of my must-have kitchen items! Click here for the recipe.
5 Ingredient Oven Roasted Garlic and Herb Butternut Squash from Jessica at Coffee and Crayons, guest posting for Rachael at Eazy Peazy Meals
Only 5 ingredients!? Sign me up, seriously. Jessica at Coffee and Crayons guest posted on EZPZ Meals with this incredibly simple butternut squash recipe, and I fell in love at first sight. This is an easy recipe to make on the side and shows that you really don’t need to get all detailed and crazy to have a good side dish! Click here to get the recipe.
Butternut Squash Baked Ziti from Percolate Kitchen
If you’re in the mood for something creamy, comforting, freezable, and easy to make ahead, then you’re gonna love this delicious butternut squash recipe of baked ziti with roasted squash and topped with melty cheese. Click here to get the recipe.
Butternut Squash Burrito Bowl from Pecolate Kitchen
Who say burrito bowls can’t be vegetarian? This bowl packs pico de gallo, lime-cilantro rice, Tex-Mex butternut squash, and more. Click here for the recipe
I love the chewy texture of farro and it’s one of my favorite additions to add into holiday and seasonal salads. That’s why I got so pumped to find this butternut squash gratin dish, and even more thrilled that it also calls for kale! I think the nutritional benefits of farro, squash and kale balance out the butter and heavy cream. Eat this one in good health. Click for the recipe.
This is another deceptively simple recipe that calls for only a few ingredients but delivers huge flavors. I love the pungent blue cheese mixed with creamy roasted butternut squash, and the wilted spinach adds heft to the dish. Click here to get the recipe.
Butternut Squash Pasta with Kale and Ricotta from Percolate Kitchen
Roasted kale, creamy ricotta, and rigatoni pasta make this butternut squash recipe one of your new go-to dinner recipes. Click here for the recipe.
Maple roasted butternut squash for sweetness and flavor, roasted beets for color and health benefits, the whole thing together for maximum tastiness and a gorgeous presentation. I love this combo of roasted goodness from Julia, and her funny take on why we need more beets in our lives was an entertaining read as well. Click here for the recipe.
Sausage-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Maple Roasted Butternut Squash from Percolate Kitchen
The maple roasted squash in this delish sheet pan recipe mingles beautifully with the zesty sausage and meaty portobello mushrooms. Click here to get the recipe.
Which one do you think you’ll make first this year?
I can’t wait to pick and choose the butternut squash recipe and have its tasty and delicious flavor on our table. And I can’t wait to see which recipe you’ll choose to make!
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