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Butternut squash with its mild and nutty taste makes it the best versatile veggie to cook and bake with.

During the fall and winter seasons, butternut squash is in abundance and that’s the perfect time to enjoy this healthy and nutritious fall vegetable.


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From salads to soups and from stews to desserts, let this vegetable add a seasonal flavor to your cooking and baking this fall.

Here are a few butternut squash recipes to inspire.


Butternut squash is mild enough to work with meats as well as other vegetables in your recipes.

It pairs with hot and zesty as well as sweeter spices to take on different flavor profiles. Pair it with pumpkin or pair it with beans, lentils, or even meats.

Butternut Squash Kale And Quinoa Stew by Love And Lemons

Simmer this stew in a Dutch oven for a hearty meal of butternut squash, kale, and quinoa.

Add depth of flavor with garlic, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, and coriander in a base of vegetable broth and tomatoes.

The quinoa and butternut squash cooks to tender perfection while the kale gets added shortly before you dish it up. The leftovers are even better the next day!

Instant Pot Cajun Butternut Squash Soup by Little Spice Jar

Make easy work of this soup by using your pressure cooker.

This tasty soup is full of cajun spices, cream, tomato sauce, chicken brought, and butternut squash.

Cozy up with some bread and a bowl of this soup on a chilly evening.

Butternut Squash Turkey Chili by Hip Foodie Mom

Roast your butternut squash ahead of time to add to this awesome chili.

Full of fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, garbanzo beans, ground turkey, onions, garlic, carrots, and spices, this chili has it all and then some!

Have this hearty chili ready to serve in under an hour.


Fall salads can benefit from using seasonal ingredients such as roasted butternut squash chunks. It pairs beautifully with greens, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad by Carlsbad Cravings

This colorful salad makes it a perfect holiday dish with its golden butternut squash, red cranberries, white goat cheese crumbles, and caramelized pecans sitting on a vibrant bed of greens.

Drizzle it with a cranberry vinaigrette and enjoy!

Butternut Squash, Cranberry And Quinoa Salad by Little Broken

Quinoa lends a nutty flavor to this salad of roasted butternut squash chunks, dried cranberries, red onion, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Dress it with a balsamic, honey, and dijon vinaigrette. Delicious!

Butternut Squash, Apple And Cranberry Bake by Simply Recipes

Try this warm salad of apple, fresh cranberries, and butternut squash. Add a little butter and brown sugar to it and bake.

It’s an easy side salad that’s both sweet and savory. It will be perfect for the holidays!


Butternut squash puree fits in perfectly when it comes to dessert recipes. Add the puree into the batter to make delectable sweet treats like cookies and cupcakes.

The fact that you’re hiding a vegetable in a dessert will be our secret!

Butternut Squash Cupcakes by The Little Epicurean

Butternut squash puree adds dimension and flavor to these cupcakes. Lightly spiced and frosted with a maple buttercream icing, they’re topped off with a toasted marshmallow.

Spiced Butternut Squash Dessert Bites by Unconventional Baker

Butternut Squash is sweetened with dates, orange juice, and spiced with cardamom, turmeric, and saffron before being rolled into dessert bites. Perfect for an afternoon snack!

Oatmeal Butternut Squash Cookies by Our Life Tastes Good

Make these cookies for a true autumn flavor experience!

These soft and chewy cookies are full of oats, spices, and butternut squash puree. They’re awesome straight out of the oven or take them over the top with a little maple glaze.

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