Butternut Squash

Cooking How-To,How-To
April 4, 2011

Squash any butternut baking fears with these tips and recipes.

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There’s no doubt about it—butternut squash can be intimidating. But, these sweet, tender and lovely autumnesque squashes are begging to be baked, cooked and devoured. Like all winter squash—including pumpkins—butternuts keep well until you’re ready to cook them. Their thick outer skins protect the delicate flesh inside, and help prolong their shelf life to a month or more after picking if kept in a cool, dark place.

A lot of recipes will have you peel the butternut. To easily do this, cut off both ends with a sharp knife, and place bell-side down on a cutting board. Use a vegetable peeler to scrape off the thick skin and an ice cream scoop to remove seeds. Try one of our homemade recipes and you’ll realize that canned squashes just can’t compare to the real thing. So cast your cares to the wind and bring on the butternut!

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Bruschetta

Apple bruschetta and a creamy butternut squash soup offer comfort and flavor.

Rigatoni with Sausage, Butternut Squash and Kale

Rigatoni with Sausage, Butternut Squash and Spinach

The sweetness of butternut squash and the savoriness of sausage combines in a casserole kids will love.

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Butternut Squash Filled with Spinach and Ricotta

A satisfying, colorful, vegetarian main dish.

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Butternut Squash-White Bean Stew

A colorful meatless main dish stew.

Bisque

Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque

Never have a fruit and a vegetable gotten along so well.

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