7 Butternut Squash Recipes To Put You In A Snug Autumnal Mood

Sadhbh O'Sullivan
·3-min read

Many of us have spent much of the last seven months indoors and it's getting harder and harder to find novelty in our home space. You know every nook and cranny of your one precarious bookshelf, you've run out of DIY projects to try, yesterday's dishes (which you're carefully avoiding) are just a few paces away from your workspace and you could probably make an accurate plaster cast of yourself from the imprint on your sofa.

The challenge now is how to make this space inviting again as we crawl into the shorter days and longer nights of autumn and winter. We can't end the pandemic or give out free SAD lamps but we can curate a list of the cosiest recipes to fill your home and belly with a real sense of comfort, at least for a while. And that's all thanks to autumn's hero vegetable: butternut squash.

Seasonal, sweet and versatile, pumpkin's taller cousin can be coerced into any number of tasty treats, simply by roasting or blitzing. Whether you're after a warming soup or a wintry salad, these squash recipes will bring a touch of cosiness to autumn evenings snuggled between the same four walls.

Pizza is already pretty high up on the list of comforting foods so it doesn't take much convincing to include it here. Pairing roasty toasty butternut squash with prosciutto, sage and caramelised onions makes for the perfect autumnal weeknight meal.<br><br><strong><a href="http://halfbakedharvest.com/butternut-squash-prosciutto-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Roasted Butternut Squash Prosciutto Pizza With Caramelised Onions" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Roasted Butternut Squash Prosciutto Pizza With Caramelised Onions</a> by Half Baked Harvest<br><br></strong>
Pizza is already pretty high up on the list of comforting foods so it doesn't take much convincing to include it here. Pairing roasty toasty butternut squash with prosciutto, sage and caramelised onions makes for the perfect autumnal weeknight meal.

Roasted Butternut Squash Prosciutto Pizza With Caramelised Onions by Half Baked Harvest

Another filling failsafe for colder months: quiche! Butternut squash is brought together with goat's cheese, kale and rosemary to make a killer lunch.<br><br><strong><a href="https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/butternut-squash-quiche/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Butternut Squash Quiche" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Butternut Squash Quiche</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>
Another filling failsafe for colder months: quiche! Butternut squash is brought together with goat's cheese, kale and rosemary to make a killer lunch.

Butternut Squash Quiche by Gimme Some Oven
There are very many butternut squash soup recipes but this, in our humble opinion, is the easiest and the best. The squash is halved and roasted before being blitzed into a tender, flavourful soup. Yes please and thanks very much.<br><br><strong><a href="https://cookieandkate.com/roasted-butternut-squash-soup/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Roasted Butternut Squash Soup" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Roasted Butternut Squash Soup</a> by Cookie and Kate</strong>
There are very many butternut squash soup recipes but this, in our humble opinion, is the easiest and the best. The squash is halved and roasted before being blitzed into a tender, flavourful soup. Yes please and thanks very much.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Cookie and Kate
One of the (many) great things about winter vegetables like squash is how well they pair with deliciously starchy carbs like pasta or bread. The union of squash and gnocchi here is a match made in heaven.<br><br><strong><a href="https://www.joskitchenlarder.com/simple-store-cupboard-gnocchi/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easy Butternut Squash and Chorizo Gnocchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Easy Butternut Squash and Chorizo Gnocchi</a> by Jo's Kitchen Larder</strong>
One of the (many) great things about winter vegetables like squash is how well they pair with deliciously starchy carbs like pasta or bread. The union of squash and gnocchi here is a match made in heaven.

Easy Butternut Squash and Chorizo Gnocchi by Jo's Kitchen Larder
If you want something on the lighter side, squash makes a great addition to salads and grain bowls. While this recipe uses another variety of squash, it works just as well with butternut as the pomegranate seeds and roasted kale bring everything together for a sweet, sharp and savoury bite.<br><br><strong><a href="https://topwithcinnamon.com/squash-crispy-kale-bowls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Squash & Crispy Kale Bowls with Pomegranate and Miso-Ginger Dressing" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Squash & Crispy Kale Bowls with Pomegranate and Miso-Ginger Dressing</a> by Top With Cinnamon</strong>
If you want something on the lighter side, squash makes a great addition to salads and grain bowls. While this recipe uses another variety of squash, it works just as well with butternut as the pomegranate seeds and roasted kale bring everything together for a sweet, sharp and savoury bite.

Squash & Crispy Kale Bowls with Pomegranate and Miso-Ginger Dressing by Top With Cinnamon
Much like <a href="https://refinery29.com/en-gb/cauliflower-recipes-winter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cauliflower" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cauliflower</a>, butternut squash also acts as a great 'secret' vegetable, blending up to form a delicious creamy sauce which makes a healthier base for comforting favourites like mac and cheese. <br><br><strong><a href="https://pinchofyum.com/healthy-mac-and-cheese" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Healthy Mac and Cheese" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Healthy Mac and Cheese</a> by Pinch Of Yum</strong>
Much like cauliflower, butternut squash also acts as a great 'secret' vegetable, blending up to form a delicious creamy sauce which makes a healthier base for comforting favourites like mac and cheese.

Healthy Mac and Cheese by Pinch Of Yum
And finally, the ultimate autumnal casserole. Squash? Check. Nutty rice? Check. Actual nuts (pecans)? Check. Cranberries? Check. CHEESE. Check check check.<br><br><strong><a href="https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/butternut-squash-chicken-wild-rice-casserole/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Butternut Squash, Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Butternut Squash, Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole</a> by Ambitious Kitchen</strong>
And finally, the ultimate autumnal casserole. Squash? Check. Nutty rice? Check. Actual nuts (pecans)? Check. Cranberries? Check. CHEESE. Check check check.

Butternut Squash, Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole by Ambitious Kitchen

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