Fall Cooking: Butternut Squash

With fall comes yummy things like warm soup, pumpkin spice lattes and…. SQUASH.  I admittedly eat like a toddler, nothing beats a good PB&J for me, but I do LOVE anything made with butternut squash.  Last weekend I spent some of Sunday making a yummy, meat free butternut squash lasagna and thought I’d share some recipes I LOVE along with some I’m dying to try using this delicious fall favorite.

Butternut Squash Lasagna: (made this and it’s SO good)

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese: DYING to try this one!


Butternut Squash Soup: I need a Vitamix somethin’ fierce.


Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter: I order this any time I go to Todd English’s Olives, it’s my favorite thing evahhhhh. Like dessert for dinner.


And basically every single recipe on Martha: risotto, penne and potato squash mash in particular.

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Link to your favorite fall recipes and give me some more ideas for using my new kitchen!



  1. i made several attempts at homemade butternut squash ravioli’s and mess up the dough part each time – if you want an easy way to still make from scratch try using dumpling wrappers – light and thin – i thought they wouldn’t taste right but they did!

    Because me and my hubby are always trying to stay slim my go-to recipe site is http://www.skinnytaste.com – i love the fact that they give you lighter takes on fattening foods and also provide WW points info. Bon Apetit is BY FAR the best print magazine – never made anything from there that wasn’t good and they have great articles and restaurant suggestions. Seriouseats.com and Smittenkitchen.com are also good for recipes. For really easy and impressive stuff I buy the William Sonoma Braising Bastes (Osso Buco or the Short Rib one!) and they are bangin. BANGIN – and everyone gushes over how good of a cook you are. Just make sure to hide the empty jar deep in the garbage!

  2. I think butternut squash is so delcious. I love to roast it as a side dish for dinner, however, my husband on the other hand is not the biggest fan. But just maybe if I make it in a lasagna he’ll come around to liking it! Thanks for sharing these recipes. I’m hungry now!

  3. My hands-down favorite butternut squash recipe is this risotto dish by Ina. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/butternut-squash-risotto-recipe/index.html
    I make this all the time for dinner parties and it’s always a hit. My tweak-I mash up the butternut squash with a bit of chicken stock and then i fold t into the risotto when done instead of heaving the big chunks of butternut squash.

    After weeks of working on homemade ravioli, I finally perfected my recipe and now I am obsessed with eating everything in ravioli form, sweet corn filling, lobster and mascarpone, butternut squash, pumpkin etc!

  4. What a coincidence! I just made this lasagna recipe last night. However, it is not in my nature to leave well enough alone, so I tweaked it a little. I prefer anything squash or sweet potato to be savory as opposed to sweet, so i added garlic, onion, and cayenne to the squash puree, and used sage instead of basil. Decided to go all out and add a breadcrumb topping for the last 15 minutes of cooking (panko mixed with a little melted butter, garlic powder, s&p, more chopped sage). Delicious, if I do say so myself, though I think next time i’ll add some goat cheese to the bechamel sauce to give it a little tang. I love fall cooking!

  5. I made some butternut squash soup last night and although I’d love a vitamix, I’d much rather spend $600 on shoes. Also, my cute blue cuisinart stick blender makes me love cooking soups! Saves so much effort transferring back and forth from a blender.

  6. I was thinking; “wait, you’re my go to fashion and style blog, recipes?” But I looked at the butternut squash lasagne recipe. I think I found the perfect solution for feeding the vegans at our Thanksgiving table … just sub almond milk and soy mozzarella, omit the parma (hate to, but no good vegan substitute) and add toasted pine nuts. Thanks!

  7. Martha’s butternut squash lasagna is unbelievably amazing. Add in some hot italian turkey sausage and its unreal!

  8. Go for the Blendtec (with a Wildside container) over the Vitamix. Better-looking and more colors, smaller base and overall height, no need for a tamper, no need to buy a second container for dry blending, easier to clean, and cheaper. Performance is the same – i.e. better than all other home blenders.

    Oddly, these hippies sold me on the blendtec.


  9. The Curried Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup from Jump Up and Kiss Me: Spicy Vegetarian cookbook is a fall/winter favorite for me! So much depth of flavor, hearty, healthy, and yum!

  10. These recipes sound delish and I,too, “tweak” (aren’t you glad I didn’t say “twerk”) everything! franki

  11. Butternut squash embodies all things Fall & wonderful! From soups to raviloi’s to scented candles and even the pure simple color it has…now that’s instant gratification! Bon appetit!

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