7 Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes To Cook This Fall

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October 16, 2022
air fryer butternut squash on a plate
Courtesy of Ahead of Thyme

Fall is in the air! After all the pumpkin carving, apple picking, and general fall festivities are done, there’s no question a person could work up an appetite. If you’re looking to keep up with the fall theme, there’s no question that these delicious butternut squash recipes should be added to your meal plan for the week.

Known for its sweet and nutty flavor, butternut squash is filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants to keep you feeling great and full. Get all those healthy nutrients and enjoy a cozy fall meal by making some of these butternut squash recipes!

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1. Jumbo Butternut Squash Ravioli with Kale Pesto

cutting open a butternut squash ravioli

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

This recipe subs pasta noodles for wonton wrappers in a brilliant twist on traditional butternut squash ravioli. Mash the roasted squash with ricotta and parmesan cheese for a delectable filling.

Try the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

2. Vegan Jalapeno Butternut Squash Queso

vegan butternut squash queso dip

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Football Sundays just got that much better. This vegan queso dip can be served with chips, dripped over a batch of nachos, or in mini-quesadillas.

Try the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

3. Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Banana Bread

slicing up a butternut squash bread

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

This gluten-free bread is packed with sweet banana flavor but with a hint of nut. Top with some honey or whipped ricotta cheese for the perfect fall snack. Added bonus: After baking, the house will smell amazing.

Try the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

4. Air Fryer Butternut Squash

air fryer butternut squash on a plate

Courtesy of Ahead of Thyme

If you have an air fryer, which it seems everyone does these days, the quickest and easiest way to make delicious, snackable pieces of butternut squash, the air fryer is the best way to do it. Air frying vegetables can be one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables because you use less oil when cooking. Plus, add a little more time and they get super crispy!

Try the recipe from Ahead of Thyme.

5. Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & “Cheese”

butternut squash mac and cheese

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Vegans rejoice! This mac and “cheese” dish redefines comfort food and is also completely plant-based.

Try the recipe on Clean Plates.

6. Garlic Mashed Butternut Squash

Garlic Mashed Butternut Squash

Swap out a starchy potato for some sweet butternut squash in this mashed side dish recipe and get more nutrition than you would with a potato in every bite. This dish is a great alternative to regular mashed potatoes and also looks a lot more fun too! Plus the garlic adds vitamin B6, vitamin C, and fiber.

Try our recipe on Clean Plates.

7. Butternut Squash Soup with Turmeric

Butternut squash soup with turmeric

Photo Credit: Ariel Martinez

On super chilly evenings, warm up with a delicious cup of butternut squash soup with an added zing of turmeric. Subbing cream for coconut milk, this soup is bound to calm your body down and warm you right up with the added anti-inflammatory benefits that turmeric brings to the dish.

Try our recipe on Clean Plates.

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