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.

By F&W Editors
Updated May 23, 2017
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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"Wonton wrappers are terrific for making ravioli when you don't have time to make homemade pasta," says Jill Donenfeld, founder of the Culinistas, a private chef and catering agency. The wontons here are filled with mashed butternut squash and roasted garlic and get nicely crispy when sautéed in a touch of oil, but they're also delicious simply steamed.

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

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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.

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

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

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Roasting butternut squash makes for a tender and creamy sauce.