10 Things to Do with Butternut Squash

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Ready for fall? To us, it’s a season that means deliciously creamy, nutty butternut squash (and other winter squash varieties too, of course). Here are 10 of our favorite ways to enjoy a butternut squash — from soup to nuts, with recipes too!

Tossed together while warm, the blue cheese softens just enough to coat the orzo and vegetables.

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This is my go-to appetizer through fall and winter. It doesn’t take much to turn basic butternut squash purée into a creamy dip that’s a total crowd-pleaser.

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This simple fall salad is just as wonderful eaten cold as it is served warm as a side dish at a potluck, or even as part of your Thanksgiving spread.

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This is a definite step up from the classic. Once roasted and puréed, butternut squash makes the creamiest and silkiest pasta sauce.

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Good news — this Thai curry can be whipped up in less time than it takes to call for takeout, so put the phone down and get in the kitchen.

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I often serve this as an alternative to mashed potatoes. The creaminess can’t be beat and goat cheese is just tangy enough to make this basic purée taste a little fancy.

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Frozen puff pastry is the trick that makes this fast-and-fancy appetizer a breeze to pull together.

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When in doubt, soup is always the answer! Top off this warm, smoky-scented version with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a flurry of fresh cilantro. Tortilla chips are always a good idea for serving, too.

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Warm, spiced garam masala is a natural partner for this sweet winter squash. If you flavor your squash with cinnamon, this is the upgrade for you.

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This stunner is the dish for when you want to go all out. And best of all, it’s easier than it looks to pull off.

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