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7 Heavenly Butternut Squash Recipes

It’s cold outside, but we know the perfect way to warm you up: a crazy-good, hearty, succulent dinner. Your secret ingredient is just around the corner at the farmer’s market: butternut squash.

To pick the perfect squash, look for one with even, tan coloring. If it has green streaks or green at the stem, it might have been picked too early. Make sure that there aren’t any cuts or breaks in the skin. It should feel nice and heavy for its size.

Bonus tip: Worried about cutting your squash? It’s not bad with a good chef’s knife, but for an extra helping hand, ask your grocer to slice it in half for you. Once you get beyond the hard skin, the flesh is a deep, rich orange with a flavor that’s deliciously sweet and nutty.

Prepare scrumptious butternut squash by simply roasting it, or try one of Rachael’s more unique recipes like lasagna or a crispy crostini spread. Working with this squash isn’t as intimidating as it may seem – it’s simple once you give it a try, and b-nut is a good source of nutrients, too!

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasting is one of the easiest methods for cooking butternut squash. Simply top the halves with butter, maple syrup, nutmeg and black pepper, then let them cook. You’ll get a perfectly soft squash with a crispy exterior that serves as an amazing side!

Skillet Dinner Sausage & Butternut Squash Skillet Supper

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Looking for a cozy meal? This meaty entree warms you up from the inside out. No need to worry about a messy kitchen because this dinner is made in only one pan – bonus!

Potato Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Escarole

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If you like fall squash, then this recipe is for you. With pumpkin and butternut both included, this lasagna is sweet and utterly delicious. It’s an awesome dish for a potluck, and can be easily transported in Rachael’s handy Lasagna Lugger.

Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash, Sausage & Ricotta has beautiful golden hue. Take a bite and you’ll taste how the butternut balances spicy sausage in a creamy, delicious casserole.

Butternut Squash and Bacon-Herb Cream Cheese Tart

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If finding an appetizer for an upcoming party is a priority for you, we definitely recommend this savory tart. Warm, flaky, and full of fall flavors, it’s a dish that’s great for entertaining.

Substitute the Butternut Squash and Sage Crostini for summery tomato bruschetta in the colder months. Sage and Parmigiano-Reggiano give the squash a burst of added flavor for the perfect seasonal appetizer.

If you think the world needs more butternut + pumpkin lasagna recipes, you’re in luck! The Pumpkin Lovers’ Lasagna celebrates our favorite orange squashes and was featured in Rachael’s cookbook, Week in a Day. Make it ahead for an easy weeknight meal that feeds an army.

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