Butternut squash is an iconic fall vegetable. Simply halved or cubed and roasted, it’s a perfect side dish for roasted chicken, tossed in a salad or pureed into a soup—but that’s not all it’s good for.

September 29, 2015

Butternut squash is an iconic fall vegetable. Simply halved or cubed and roasted, it’s a perfect side dish for roasted chicken, tossed in a salad or pureed into a soup—but that’s not all it’s good for. Here, 12 new, out-of-the-box ways to cook with sweet and creamy butternut squash from wontons to sorbet.

1. Butternut Squash Turnovers 

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These buttery squash turnovers make a perfect fall lunch alongside a big green salad.

2. Mashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash 

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Creamy mashed potatoes get a delicious sweetness and beautiful color from squash.

3. Buffalo Butternut Squash Matchsticks with a Blue Cheese–Celery Salad 

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This dish is a neat spin on the classic flavor pairing of buffalo wings with a blue cheese dipping sauce.

4. Spiced Butternut Squash Sorbet 

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For an easy, festive dessert, pair this golden sorbet with vanilla ice cream and gingersnaps.

5. Butternut Squash and Chorizo Tortilla 

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This Spanish omelet is topped with thin slices of squash and spicy chorizo.

6. Butternut Squash Latkes with Chive Sour Cream 

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Making these butternut squash latkes bite-size and topping each with a dollop of chive sour cream turns this Hanukkah staple into an elegant appetizer.

7. Golden Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash Puree 

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Mashed butternut squash makes for a healthier, but still creamy take on classic, cheesy mac and cheese.

8. Butternut Squash–and-Sage Wontons 

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These terrifically crisp wontons are filled with mashed butternut squash and roasted garlic.

9. Rice Pudding with Butternut Squash and Sweet Milk Tea 

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The most unexpected ingredient in this not-too-sweet rice pudding: butternut squash. “I think it can work really well in dessert,” chef Hugh Acheson says.

10. Butternut Squash Rösti Cakes 

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Adding shredded butternut squash to mini potato pancakes adds a touch of sweetness and a nice orange hue.

11. Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pierogi 

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Perfectly nutty and sweet roasted butternut squash makes a great pierogi filling.

12. Butternut Squash Lasagna 

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Roasting butternut squash makes for a tender and creamy sauce.

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