Butternut squash is the quintessential fall vegetable. Sweet and nutty, this root vegetable is versatile and delicious. Not to mention its golden color will definitely brighten up your table.

With the cooler temperatures here we’ll all be craving some comfort food. Butternut squash dishes are wholesome, hearty and filling and perfect for those crisp fall and cold winter days.

photo collage of recipes using butternut squash

Butternut squash is also one of the more adaptable vegetables out there making it ideal for soups, stews, salads, bowls, pasta and even dessert! Not many vegetables can lay claim to so many ways of preparation.

However you choose to cook squash, whether it be roasted in the oven or cooked on the stove you’ll find its sweet and nutty flavor intensified. Sometimes just a touch of salt and pepper will do the trick and sometimes a handful of spices rounds out its flavor.

These 15 recipes give you loads of options for preparing butternut squash. You’ll definitely be prepared for a season’s worth of butternut squash meals.

If you are looking for more quick and easy dinner ideas, you are bound to find a few of interest in this 15 Easy Dinner Recipes post.

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Honey nut Squash
Sausage and Apple Stuffed Honey nut Squash
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Sausage and Apple Stuffed Squash

Sweet honeynut squash stuffed with sausage, apple, dried cranberries, crunchy celery and aromatic herbs!
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Butternut squash skillet ideas

Your stovetop skillet is the perfect vessel to cook up your butternut squash. A surefire way to prepare a quick and easy meal any night of the week. Peeled, diced and paired with your favorite ground meat, the squash is simmered to perfection and absorbs the other flavors in the skillet. If you can’t get your hands on a butternut squash you can substitute with acorn or buttercup.

Eating with the seasons ensures you are taking advantage of all the nature has to offer. Many fruits and vegetables are available year round and flown in from various places around the globe but if you can find local, seasonal vegetables you’ll find they taste much better.

Choose one of these butternut squash recipes for your next potluck, family gathering or holiday meal.

If you need some tips and tricks on cutting and peeling squash, you’ll find this post very helpful.

Sauteed butternut squash with goat cheese, pine nuts and thyme.

Sautéed Butternut Squash

Simple Sauteed Butternut Squash is flavored with honey and garlic and topped with toasted nuts. This tasty vegetable side dish is ready in less than 30 minutes and pairs well with anything.
butternut squash noodles with mushrooms and parsley.

Butternut Squash Noodles Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy vegetarian side dish for your holiday menu? This Butternut Squash Noodles are complimented with the rich flavors of olive oil, toasted walnuts, and a dusting of Parmesan cheese, making this 6-ingredient recipe simply delectable.
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Look at what else you can do with butternut squash

Versatility galore! Butternut squash can wear many hats including being transformed into a rich and hearty soup, a savory side or a satisfying main dish. Whether the squash is pureed, chopped, diced, stuffed or roasted you’ll find you can’t go wrong when you cook with butternut squash. You can even turn squash into noodles as per the recipe just above.

If you’ve happen to have squash leftover, store it in the freezer so you can easily add it to soups, salads or stews. It will keep for up to 3 months.

My Favorite shortcut

When making soups or recipes that need to be processed in a blender, I love using my handheld blender for a quick, effortless and mess-free job!

whole30 butternut squash chili
whole30 butternut squash chili

No Bean Whole30 Butternut Squash Chili

This No Bean Whole30 Butternut Squash Chili is a perfect recipe to indulge yourself with this fall. It’s thick, rich, and hearty and also low-carb, paleo, and gluten-free. 
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Look at these colorful butternut squash salads

Butternut squash salads are not just fun to look at they taste pretty great too. You really can’t go wrong no matter what you include in your salad whether it be your favorite mixed greens, kale or parsley. The balance of textures and flavors makes theses salads irresistible as an appetizer or a main meal.

Butternut squash salads can be a meal on their own. Add some protein and you’ve got a one dish meal. Keep it plant-based and add quinoa, black beans or chickpeas or feel free to add leftover chicken, tuna or salmon. Leftover steak, brisket or pot roast would also go nicely on top of the salad so don’t let those leftovers go to waste.

Perfect for a weekend lunch, fall picnic or as part of your Thanksgiving meal, a butternut squash salad will be a great addition. Butternut squash salads travel well, can be eaten at room temperature and also taste great the next day.

Stuffed butternut squash with chickpeas, onions, pomegranates, farro, kale and feta cheese.

Stuffed Butternut Squash Power Bowl

This Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe is colorful enough to be a beautiful vegetarian side at a Thanksgiving table, but also simple enough to make for a wholesome weeknight meal.
butternut squash Mac and cheese
butternut squash Mac and cheese

Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

This cheesy hearty butternut squash mac and cheese is the perfect blend of tender pasta, gooey cheeses and butternut squash! It is perfect for a cozy comfort food meal for Thanksgiving or just when you are looking for new and exciting ways of incorporating butternut squash into your dinnertime menu.
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Hi! I’m Silvia.

My goal is to make cooking simple and enjoyable.

Garden in the Kitchen is full of easy and balanced recipes for busy families. Classics get a healthier twist with additions of veggies or alternative ingredients.

I hope my recipes will inspire you to cook more home meals and above all have fun in the kitchen!

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