Our 5 Favorite Ways to Eat Butternut Squash

Our 5 Favorite Ways to Eat Butternut Squash

Sheela Prakash
Oct 4, 2017
(Image credit: Laura Volo)

Of all the marvelous varieties of winter squash out there, butternut would win the popularity contest by a landslide. It's the people's squash, which means there are a thousand ways to enjoy it while it's in season through the fall and winter months. Need help narrowing them down? These are our top five favorite ways to get our fill of butternut squash. The recipes are savory, seasonal, and just a touch unexpected.

1. Butternut Squash Fettuccine Alfredo

This is the ultimate way to dress up classic fettuccine Alfredo for the season. The squash, along with the garlic that's roasted alongside it, lends a nutty, earthy quality to the Alfredo sauce that gives it the depth and makes it extra comforting.

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2. Butternut Squash in Fresh Green Curry

While you could use prepared green curry paste to make this dish extra easy, it only takes a few more minutes of your time to make a fresh paste (and the difference in taste is worth it). Blending shallots, garlic, ginger, green chiles, and cilantro together produces a vibrant curry that's an incredible contrast to the sweet squash.

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3. Pizza with Crispy Kale, Butternut Squash, Bacon & Smoked Mozzarella

Pizza night never looked more ready for fall. This colorful pie is rich with smoky, savory flavor, thanks to the kale, bacon, and cheese, but kissed with sweetness from the squash.

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4. Pan-Seared Butternut Squash with Balsamic & Parmigiano Shards

A touch of pomegranate molasses mixed in with the balsamic vinegar adds an alluring tartness that contrasts the sweet squash in this crowd-pleasing side dish that's sure to become a part of your weekly roster.

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5. Butternut Squash Rose Tart

This butternut squash tart filled with sage and garlic-flecked ricotta is simply a stunner and most definitely deserves to be at the center of your dinner table this fall. The good news, however, is that it's a whole lot easier to make than it looks, thanks to a press-in crust.

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