The best butternut squash recipes including an easy butternut squash soup recipe, butternut squash and goats' cheese lasagne and butternut squash risotto.
Butternut squash is a versatile vegetable that can roasted, toasted, pureed for soups, mashed or used in casseroles, breads and muffins and it has a comforting flavour to it that evokes autumn. We’ve gathered our best butternut squash recipes, so depending on how much time you have and what ingredients you’ve got in the fridge, there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy.
The sweet, nutty taste of the butternut squash goes great with chilli and meat like lamb or venison. It’s great roasted and added to a leafy salad as it adds some texture and slight sweetness, but it’s also great as the main event – like ourbutternut squash and goat’s cheese recipe(pictured). This is a superb dish to serve at a dinner party, either as a starter or a main for a vegetarian guest. The butternut squash doubles up as a serving dish and looks really impressive in its individual serving portions. Once you’ve scooped out the seeds, all you need to do is add earthy goats’ cheese and herbs and roast until soft and melting in the middle. It’s a low-fuss, easy and delicious dish that can be prepared in no time at all and stuck in the oven right before your guests arrive.
If you’re a bit short on time then a butternut squash soup is ideal as it can be ready in under 30 minutes. You just need to add the squash to a stock and add seasoning and it’ll be ready in no time.
Where you may see pumpkin or even sweet potato used in recipes, you can usually swap them for butternut squash if you’ve got one at home. There’s no reason to shy away from using butternut squash anymore!
Click through for more delicious butternut squash recipes…
Conchiglie with Squash and Sage
This conchiglie with squash and sage recipe is so simple to make but brimming with flavour - perfect for weeknights or a relaxed weekend lunch.
Warm Root Vegetable Salad
This vegetable salad would be a meal on its own, served with some cheese and a hunk of crusty bread.
Carrot, Butternut Squash and Coriander Soup
A twist on an old favourite, butternut squash adds extra depth to this soup giving it a nutty edge and a glorious amber glow. Serve with a spoonful of yoghurt to cut through the richness
Beetroot, Butternut and Goats' Cheese Tartlets
A stunning starter for dinner parties or vegetarian main, you can't beat the flavour combination of this beetroot, butternut and goat's cheese tartlets recipe.
Butternut Squash, Sage and Taleggio Tart
A colourful butternut squash, sage and Taleggio tart recipe that will brighten up any buffet or picnic table. Pungent cheese, nutty sage and sweet butternut squash work perfectly together on a buttery puff-pastry base. Add slivers of red chilli for a fiery kick.
Butternut Squash and Goats' Cheese Lasagne
A delicious, meat-free lasagne recipe - if cooking for strict vegetarians, replace the Parmesan with a suitable veggie alternative, such as a mature cheddar.
Roast Butternut Squash Risotto
Roasting the squash first brings out its natural sweetness which is delicious with the salty Parmesan stirred through this filling roast butternut squash risotto recipe.
Conchiglie with Chorizo, Chickpeas and Roasted Butternut Squash
Spanish flavours dominate in this pepped-up conchiglie with chorizo, chickpeas and roasted butternut squash recipe. Make sure you buy cooking chorizo (as opposed to the pre-cooked version) and sprinkle with lemon and parsley just before serving for an added zesty note.
Turkey and Butternut Squash Curry
This turkey and butternut squash curry recipe is perfect for using up leftovers from a roast dinner - but we suspect you'll be tempted to make it during the week too!
This pumpkin muffins recipe is so tasty (and just as good made with butternut) - the perfect partner with a mug of coffee, or in a packed lunch.
Chilli and Butternut Squash Quesadillas
A Mexican favourite of flour tortillas sandwiched together with a savoury cheese and vegetable mix, you'll love this chilli and butternut squash quesadillas recipe
Squash and Ricotta Cannelloni with Taleggio
This meat-free squash and ricotta cannelloni with taleggio recipe will be a huge hit with everyone. For strict vegetarians, ensure the cheeses are veggie too.
Butternut Squash Soup
Comfort food without the calories comes courtesy of this warming butternut squash soup recipe. Eat the bread on the day it's made or freeze. It also makes great toast the next day.
Roasted Butternut and Wilted Rocket Spaghetti
The simplest of dishes can also be the most satisfying - just a handful of ingredients are needed to make this tasty plate of roasted butternut and wilted rocket spaghetti recipe.
Venison and Butternut Squash Stew
Make this warming venison and butternut squash stew in advance and eat it on a rainy day. It's a wonderful combination of rich red wine and meaty venison, with the sweet earthiness of butternut squash to give it a lift.
Giant Couscous with Roasted Butternut Squash
This giant couscous with roasted butternut squash couscous recipe has plenty of bite and makes dishes all the more filling. Partner it with roasted butternut squash and mint for a hearty Middle Eastern-inspired salad.
Lemongrass Chicken Skewers with Spicy Butternut Squash Salad
A healthy supper option, combining antioxidant-rich butternut squash and punchy fusion-lemongrass chicken skewers with spicy butternut squash salad recipe fragrant with lime, lemongrass and coriander. Cook the skewers on the barbecue for extra flavour.
North Indian Chickpea, Lentil and Butternut Squash Curry
Use butternut squash and pulses as a healthy, filling alternative to meat in this fragrant curry. Frying off the spices first releases all the aromatic flavours.
The Hairy Bikers' Butternut Squash Ravioli
Your guests will be so impressed by this ravioli recipe from The Hairy Bikers.The fried sage and sun-dried tomatoes pack a real flavour punch when combined with the squash.
Moroccan Squash Pasta
Roasted butternut squash with a hint of spice tossed together with a speedy French dressing is a speedy, satisfying combo.
Roast Rib of Beef with Horseradish and Roasted Butternut Squash
Pair a glorious roast rib of beef with horseradish and roasted butternut squash for a modern take on a roast dinner.
Warm Butternut Squash Tagine
Tagines are the perfect centrepiece for a dinner party, served alongside a big bowl of herby couscous. This warm butternut squash tagine recipe is a delightful blend of butternut squash wrapped up in fragrant Moroccan spices.
Sweet Thai Duck Breast and Butternut Salad
The richness of duck meat holds up perfectly to the strong Thai flavours in this warm sweet Thai duck breast and butternut salad recipe.
Squash and Beetroot Salad
This stand-alone butternut squash salad looks so colourful! Avoid stirring the feta through the salad but scatter on top before serving.
Roasted Squash and Goats' Cheese with Breadcrumbs
This meat-free roasted butternut and goats cheese salad recipe is perfect for a weekend lunch or light supper
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