Go for Butternut Squash

Tender, golden butternut squash adds not only rich flavor and color but also a huge dose of nutrients to a variety of side dishes, soups, stir-fries and desserts.

  • Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage

    Besides being a great side to simple roast chicken or beef tenderloin, seasonal squash provides more than a day's worth of vitamin A and about half the daily recommended vitamin C.
  • Baked Rice with Butternut Squash
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Baked Rice with Butternut Squash

    For a casserole-style dish that is sure to be a hit during the holidays, you can't go wrong with savory rice and squash recipe. It’s full of flavor from the tender butternut squash and combination of herbs and cheese.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts

    This seasonal fall rice dish featuring roasted butternut squash makes a satisfying side dish for roasted turkey, roast beef or ham, but it’s hearty enough to be a main dish, too.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup

    Spicy fresh ginger complements the sweet roasted winter squash and shallots in this easy soup recipe. Serve it as a first course soup, or with a sandwich or salad for a light meal.
  • Risotto with Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Jack Cheese
    Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Risotto with Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Jack Cheese

    Cubes of tender butternut squash add color, texture and extra nutrients to this creamy rice and cheese side dish.
  • Butternut Squash and Leek Gratins
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Butternut Squash and Leek Gratins

    Bake the savory squash and leek custard-like mixture in individual ramekins or custard cups for a rich side dish that’s just the right size.
  • Curried Butternut Squash and Potato Latkes with Apple Salsa
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Curried Butternut Squash and Potato Latkes with Apple Salsa

    Add seasonal butternut squash to the mixture for these savory potato cakes, and top with a fiery salsa of apple and serrano chile.
  • Sweet Squash with Walnuts
    Christina Schmidhofer

    Sweet Squash with Walnuts

    Build a parfait of baked butternut squash topped with walnuts and crème fraiche. This elegant, five-ingredient dessert shows that butternut squash is more than a side dish.
  • Oven-roasted Fall Vegetables
    James Carrier

    Oven-roasted Fall Vegetables

    Roasting butternut squash brings out its sweet, pumpkin-like flavor. Serve with pork tenderloin or pot roast.
  • Butternut Squash Spice Cake
    Dan Goldberg

    Butternut Squash Spice Cake

    Adding butternut squash to this cake keeps it moist. Keep it on hand as a healthy afternoon snack or breakfast cake.
  • Fresh Vegetable Penne

    Fresh Vegetable Penne

    Boost the nutrition power of a pasta side dish by coating penne pasta with roasted, puréed butternut squash.
  • Pork and Squash Stir-Fry
    Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

    Pork and Squash Stir-Fry

    Add cubed butternut squash to a classic stir-fry. It's easy, quick, and impressive enough to serve guests.
  • Beef-and-Butternut Squash Chili

    Beef-and-Butternut Squash Chili

    Not only do the beef and vegetables add hearty, rich flavor to the chili, they also make it high in zinc, B-vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
  • Butternut Squash-White Bean Soup
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Butternut Squash-White Bean Soup

    This quintessential fall soup uses butternut squash to impart a rich, creamy texture. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Harvest Pie
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Harvest Pie

    Butternut squash stands in for pumpkin in this pie, which received Cooking Light's highest Test Kitchens rating.
  • Butternut Squash-Leek Soup
    Lee Harrelson

    Butternut Squash-Leek Soup

    Simple and wholesome, this soup highlights the natural essence of butternut squash. The added head of garlic gives it a rich, deep flavor.
  • Butternut Squash Soup
    Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Butternut Squash Soup

    This creamy butternut squash soup features pureed butternut squash, carrot and onion and showcases the rich, sweet flavor of this winter squash.
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