Creamy soups, savory sides, and even a pizza—butternut squash shines in these delicious fall recipes.
Of all the winter squashes, butternut squash is the easiest to work with; it has thin skin and can be easily peeled with a
vegetable peeler. Its dense flesh and robust flavor work well in a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory. Here, find our
top-rated recipes voted by Cooking Light fans.
This easy-to-make risotto is buttery, sweet, and creamy. While the pancetta makes it a savory meat-lovers' meal, momsdecoop also suggests making it vegetarian friendly, “This is a recipe I crave all the time and I don't have to feel guilty about it! I eliminated the pancetta and used veggie stock to serve this dish to vegetarians. They loved it.”
View Recipe: Risotto with Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Jack Cheese
Smoky bacon compliments the richness of butternut squash in this casserole to create a dish that can be enjoyed right away
or prepared ahead for a party or weeknight meals. Susan says, “This was an instant favorite of family and friends. It is so savory, delicious, and satisfying!!! If I could give
this recipe 10 stars, I would.”
View Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta
Topped with a medley of squash, pesto, and cheese, this pie delivers distinctive flavor without much effort. “I especially
liked the contrasting sweetness, saltiness, and zippiness,” says jngermann. “I found it easy to make this in the afternoon, then reheat at a low temp for an evening supper club.”
View Recipe: Pesto Pizza with Butternut Squash
This three-step recipe (roast, blend, simmer) is an easy and flavorful way to warm up with a creamy vegetable-based soup on
a chilly fall afternoon. And according to cathyr, the soup is not only tasty, but also makes for a bright presentation. “This soup was SPECTACULAR!,” she says. “Gorgeous
color, luscious flavor, velvety texture! My mom and my neighbor both raved!”
View Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup
The unique combination of flavors in this vegetarian recipe will leave your family asking for seconds. Make the sauce the
night before to save on prep time. CandaceB writes, “Making the sauce really exemplified the play of sweet and spice. This will be a regular in our household!”
View Recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagna
Serve this 138-calorie dish as part of a vegetarian meal, or pair with a serving of protein as nasuselbbid suggests, “This is such an easy and delicious soufflé to make. I have served this with both roast chicken and pork loin with
great success. Makes a colorful and beautiful plate, too!“
View Recipe: Winter Squash Soufflé and Greens
This twist on pumpkin pie has all the season’s classic spices and is the perfect end to any autumn dish. Eat it straight from
the oven or make ahead to bring to a holiday get-together. cdlaub writes, “I made this for Thanksgiving and it was requested again for Christmas."
View Recipe: Harvest Pie
Roasted chicken sits atop a tender mound of sweet and savory butternut squash to create a melt-in-your-mouth plate of perfection.
Looking for an added bonus? This meal is a budget-friendly option that is hearty enough to satisfy every appetite in your
View Recipe: Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash
This smooth and brightly hued soup is a gorgeous start to any meal. The spiced pumpkinseed kernals (also called pepitas) are
a crunchy and flavorful topping.
View Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Seeds
This rich and hearty casserole is the ideal accompaniment to simple roast chicken or beef tenderloin. The browned breadcrumbs
and bits of blue cheese are as appealing to the eyes as they are to the appetite.
View Recipe: Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage
This recipe was inspired by Blackberry Farm in Tennessee where chefs top it with sabayon featuring vanilla-infused whiskey.
At the Farm, the chefs flavor a 1.5-liter bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey for three weeks. Our adaptation cuts the infusion
time back to four days; you can let the mixture stand for even less time, though the vanilla flavor will be milder.
View Recipe: Steamed Butternut Squash Pudding
Brown sugar ups the autumnal flavor in this dish. Brightly colored roasted butternut squash stand out against the risotto
like a sinfully delicious invitation to enjoy. Just a bit of slightly salty pancetta lends just the note to finish off the
View Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts
Moroccans take great comfort in their wonderful tagines—lamb or poultry slowly stewed with fragrant spices. This dish is basically
a tagine thinned to soup consistency, with couscous to starch it up. Sugary butternut squash and meaty chicken thighs remind
us how well sweet and savory flavors play together in Moroccan cuisine.
View Recipe: Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet butternut squash receives a smoky, spicy kick in this recipe. You'll find chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce on the
Latin food aisle. Use just the sauce here; reserve chiles for another use.
View Recipe: Butternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Salad
Broth, thickened with flour and enriched with crème fraîche, forms the savory sauce in this dish. We like the addition of
earthy, hearty kale which helps balance the sweetness from the squash.
View Recipe: Bacon and Butternut Pasta
Cubes of butternut squash hold their shape and bite, and stand out wonderfully against the farro background. Grated Gruyère
cheese and chopped hazelnuts add the perfect touch of fat and salt at the end of this vegetarian main dish.
View Recipe: "Farrotto" with Butternut, Gruyère, and Hazelnuts
For a complete meal, serve with a fresh salad of grapefruit and fennel, and sip our Pomegranate Fizz.
View Recipe: Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spinach Lasagna
This flavorful soup is a vibrant hue with flavor to match. Top with a dollop of the yogurt-honey mixture for a showstopping
View Recipe: Indian-Spiced Roasted Squash Soup
Instead of the traditional buttery, heavy sauce present in most mac and cheese recipes, we turned to an unlikely hero for
a boost: butternut squash. Combined with nonfat milk and Greek yogurt, the squash adds a rich, nutty flavor, sneaks in some
vegetable, and brilliantly mimics the color and creaminess of cheddar sauce. Over fifty 5-star reviews agree: butternut squash
is a delicious addition.
View Recipe: Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese
Take your basic beef stew to the next level by making this simple, fragrant beef tagine featuring butternut squash.
View Recipe: Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash
Serrano chiles are more fiery than jalapeños. If you want to tame the heat, substitute a jalapeño or an even milder chile
instead. If you want more spice, don't remove the seeds.
View Recipe: Curried Butternut Squash and Potato Latkes with Apple Salsa
Chickpeas give an unexpected twist to classic chili. On second thought, nearly all of the flavors in this recipe (including
butternut squash) give an entirely different flavor to the typical Tex-Mex staple but—we have to say—it will soon become a
View Recipe: Chickpea Chili
This dish was inspired by Alain Ducasse's butternut squash au gratin at Benoit in New York City. The mashed butternut is blended with earthy wild mushrooms and bits of bacon to balance the squash's sweetness.
We use more readily available beef stock for our version instead of the veal jus used by Ducasse, but the stock still delivers
a savory umami note.
View Recipe: Butternut Squash au Gratin with Wild Mushrooms and Crispy Bacon