One of my favourite fall vegetables is, without a doubt, the butternut squash. Growing up, I rarely ate squash and really didn’t know how good it was. Once I started blogging, I was inspired by all kinds of recipes and gave it another shot. Now, I can’t imagine going more than a week or so at a time without it during the fall and winter. I am hooked for life!
Today, I’m sharing 5 of my all-time favourite ways to enjoy butternut squash. Be sure to share yours in the comments!
1. Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos
These are still the best burritos I have ever made. They have a kick of heat to them (that you can control yourself) and a light sweetness thanks to the butternut squash. The filling is so good I found myself eating it on its own. Use it to sprinkle on salads or as a dip for crackers in addition to making burritos. You could also try using sweet potato or pumpkin as a way to change up the butternut filling. Either way, you have to make this recipe!
2. Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze
This is one of the most popular recipes on the blog. I had no idea it was going to be such a hit when I made it, but many of us sure did fall in love with it. Feel free to experiment with different spices and seasonings.
3. Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Stew
This soup is a great way to use up leftover butternut squash. It comes together in about 25 minutes once you have your roasted butternut. It’s comfort food in a bowl, so make it on a chilly, rainy fall day when you need a warm hug.
4. Emily’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili in Pumpkin Bowls
A recipe I adapted from the wonderful Emily – this is hands down the most unique way I’ve ever had chili. The recipe is a lot of work, but it’s SO worth it. I cannot wait to make it again this season. Don’t want to make the chili? You could really serve all kinds of soup in pumpkin bowls, so feel free to get creative.
How cute is this!
5. Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash
This was my quote back in 2009 when I posted the recipe, “Let me just preface this ever so modestly by saying that this is the best way you will ever, ever, ever eat butternut squash. I’m not even joking!” Now that is a glowing review, if I’ve ever heard one! Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. This is fantastic as a side to a main course meal.
6. You have to try my Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan – it’s a new top recipe on the blog!
What are your favourite ways to enjoy butternut squash?
In the past I’ve really enjoyed butternut squash soup, but I like it so well that just roasting cubes of it in coconut oil and salt satisifies me! I think I actually prefer it over pumpkin….(dare I say that in blog world?)….
I’m going to try the mac ‘n cheese (but with pumpkin as that’s all I have right now). Those pumpkin bowls are beyond adorable! :)
I Loveee squash soup!!! I also love squash baked in the oven and risotto with squash! mm!
Heeeeey… I’ve made that mac n’ “cheese” recipe before! ;) It’s a winner. I usually just like to eat the squash plain though. It’s so flavorful when roasted.
Hi Angela! I LOVE these recipes! I’ll have to make the garlic roasted butternut squash ASAP! I love acorn squash the most and I’m sure it would work great in this recipe. Butternut squash is so tasty too though! I love it roasted with a little coconut oil, cinnamon and nutmeg with just a sprinkle of black pepper or even garam masala if I have it on hand. YUM:)
Thanks for sharing!!:)
Made the burritos and stew…..both were amazing!
I had never even tried butternut squash until I made the butternut squash mac n’ cheeze. Omgosh I have never gone back. I love that recipe so much and it is always such a hit! Now, I have to try the burritos :)
How convenient… I made butternut squash mac and cheese earlier this week.. and I baught double the butternut squash that I needed and today I thought… “hmm what could I make with this squash?”
I love baking butternut pumpkin!
And I just got a really big one! Yummy!
Ohsheglows should be renamed ‘ohmygod’. Thank you for such delicious, healthy, wholesome recipes!
Where to start with these recipes?! I love butternut squash :) I’m definitely going to give some of these a go, the burritos look awesome and so does the mac and cheese. I thinki may have to pick up a couple tomorrow now. I sometimes add butternut squash to my chilli to bulk it out a bit and force my boyfriend to eat veggies. Mwhahaha!
I think you forgot one!!! My very favorite is YOUR recipe: Maple Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole. Love it!
Funny you should mentioned black bean and butternut squash burritos AND Emily–I LOVE her enchiladas with the same filling! I’ll have to try your take on it with burritos.
I always crave Winter Squash Soup from Smitten Kitchen; i crave it year around! Thank you for your recipe round up.
I agree. I absolutely love butternut squash. I remember almost all your recipes above as well too. :) yum!
I like to make butternut squash soup and throw it in Chili’s and on a side dish all the time.
As soon as I saw the title of this post, your first two recipes popped into my head immediately! Telepathy. Or, they’ve just been on my mind as squash season approaches. Your squash burritos are one of my favorite all-time dinners. And the squash mac ‘n cheese is another great one. While I love summer produce like tomatoes, berries, and nectarines, I have been missing butternut squash, which is an absolute staple of my fall and winter cooking!
You have provided some serious inspiration here. I love butternut squash too, and I have one sitting in the fridge, neglected because I am too lazy to cut it. These beautiful recipes are a kick in the butt for me! :)
Oh my gosh… you’ve got me craving butternut squash, bad! Such a bummer my Fiance doesn’t like squash… or sweet potato… loves pumpkins, though! Maybe I can make some of these with pumpkin instead of butternut, and see how that goes. Alas, I miss you butternut squash! We’ll have to have a sneaky affair on the side. ;P
I was just thinking about your red lentil butternut squash stew today. It was the perfect day for it. Sadly, I was at work but it will be making an appearence at my house…soon!
Before I came to Canada I had never heard of butternut squash and it took me 2 years before I tried it. Now i love it. My favourite dish is a Butternut Squash, Spinach and White Bean Lasagna. Even my meat-loving husband eats it!
My favorite: Butternut squash chili mac and cheese. So good.
I first made it by combining leftover chili with leftover mac and cheese.
I made a double batch of your burritos, and they are sensational! Thank you for sharing:)
The butternut mac n’ cheese looks delicious…
I make your mac ‘n cheeze and the burritos on a regular basis. Both recipes are so good! Tomorrow I’m going to stew!
i made the black bean and butternut squash burritos. delicious!
I happened on your blog yesterday and made the red lentil and butternut squash stew for dinner last night…it was divine! Thanks for a new favorite recipe.
Today I made the burritos and they were delicious! I left out the sweet onion (just don’t like onion), and ate the delicious filling with spinach, avocado, and sour cream. My family is super impressed I’m cooking something that they’ve never even heard of, thanks for the great recipe!
Why didn’t I think of making butternut squash burritos?! … next on the list!
When I have the time, my favorite way to prepare butternut squash is in a pâte à choux mixture, adding boiled (mashed) squash into the dough. These are spooned onto a sheet and baked until they start to brown and are dry on the outside. The hollowed middle is sometimes a little soft, but it still holds together well and can be sliced for spreading any number of fillings. My favorite fillings are brie and chives with a few bacon bits, but it’s equally good with hummus, greens, slaw…. whatever you can think of. Great appetizers for a party.
A friend gifted me a butternut squash and left me wondering “what am i going to do with this?”. Thanks for these suggestions!
I can’t find the actual recipes, just the picture. Dying to make the burrito, please help!
Hi Brenda, its linked in the title of the recipe :)
I made the garlicky roasted squash for my sister (who is very closed off to new foods, especially vegan foods!) and she couldn’t stop eating it!
I grew heirloom Waltham butternut squash organically this year and my wife used the garlicky squash recipe. The result was delicious. Thank you for your recipe.
Oh my gosh. You were not kidding. The Garlicky Butternut Squash was so yummy! I loved the combination of ingredients. Its a 10. :)
Angela I just wanted to let you know that this post has been my favorite for the 2+ years I’ve been following you. You got me addicted to butternut squash, ha!
I just harvested about 50 butternut from our garden so these recipes will all be tried, starting tonight! I love butternut and fall cooking.
Wow, thank you so much for these recipes! Was looking for what to do with my squash. ^.^ Question, how can I tell when it’s ripe?
WOW – I did make a few adjustments but this recipe was absolutely off the dial delicious.
I made your “sprinkle” of sesame/almond/nutritional yeast as toppings.
I added black beans to my plate with quinoa.
My husband (who doesn’t normally like or eat butternut squash) cleaned his plate.
Thank you for all of your inspiration. It has pushed me to try (and ruin a few times) plenty of new ideas in my kitchen.
Hi from Belfast Northern Ireland. Just curious to know where the parmesan is in the butternut squash and kale dish? Puzzled!
I tried your Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos and they were great! I am excited to make them again, and shared it around (along with your link) to all my vegan people (my family). :D I even shared it with my non vegan friends.
Hey Jane, Thank you for the share! I’m so happy that the burritos were a hit with you. We love them too…especially this time of year.