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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!

Celery Apple Onion Butternut Squash Stuffing

If you think the world needs more butternut in your Thanksgiving meal, you’re in luck! Rach gives your typical stuffing a flavor boost with apple, celery, onion, and our favorite, butternut squash.

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.

Rachael’s Pumpkin, Sage and Gorgonzola Pasta

Have you ever seen a pasta with such a beautiful golden hue? Take a bite and you’ll taste how the butternut and nutty hazelnuts and pine nuts balance this delicious and cheesy pasta.

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.

Chorizo and Butternut Tacos

Substitute butternut and chorizo in place of your typical beef filling in the colder months. Nutmeg and cinnamon give the squash a burst of added flavor for the perfect seasonal meal.

[This article was originally published in Nov. 2015 and updated Nov. 2018.]

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