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There are many reasons to be excited for fall. Including, but not limited to, sweater weather, pumpkin picking, and a variety of other “basic” activities. A reason oft forgotten is the endless amount of seasonal recipes that include the squash of all squash…butternut squash. Keeping reading for a selection of recipes we can’t wait to try this fall.

butternut squash quinoa casserole

This isn’t your grandma’s casserole (though to be honest, that probably tastes really good, too). What we really mean is that this casserole is actually healthy. It’s filled with quinoa, squash, and a bit of Gruyere cheese, which will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

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butternut squash baked mac n cheese

Everyone knows baked mac-n-cheese is the best kind of mac n cheese. Add in some butternut squash and that statement rings even truer. 

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twice baked butternut squash

Not familiar with the term twice baked? Well, it goes a little something like this. You bake, in this case, your squash. Then you mash it, add delicious mix-ins like goat cheese, greek yogurt, sage, salt, and pepper, then stick it back in the oven. We’re not drooling, you’re drooling.

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butternut squash & caramelized onion flatbread

Your pizza can benefit from fall produce, too. Case in point, this flatbread recipe. Caramelized onion and squash? Now that’s a topping dream team.

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squash on toast

The concept is simple. Bake squash, put it on your toast, and add some of your favorite cheese for added flavor. Avocado toast just got jealous. 

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mimi thorisson’s butternut squash gratin

Okay, we actually just fell out of our chairs imagining the taste of this gratin. New plan: Pin it, dream about it, prepare it, eat it. 

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butternut squash and feta tart

While this flavor profile might not be shocking to your tastebuds, it definitely will be welcomed. In case you’re concerned (we could sense it), there are caramelized onions involved, too.

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butternut squash and black bean bisque 

Like your average bisque, but without the seafood and cream. So really, it’s just a mouthwatering, healthy bean and squash-based soup (that we want to eat, immediately).

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three cheese butternut squash and spinach lasagna

Technically, there are four cheeses used in the making of this lasagna, which makes us want to eat in even more. Don’t let the long recipe intimidate you—prep time is only ten minutes!

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silky sweet roasted butternut squash hummus with candied pecans, spicy pepitas, and agave 

Savory, sweet, and spicy, this is a seasonally-charged hummus recipe to be reckoned with. 

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butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli with browned butter and oregano bread crumbs

Brb, writing a love letter to this perfectly crafted ravioli recipe. Do you SEE this photo? Can you even imagine with this homemade treat tastes like?

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cheesy butternut squash pasta

It’s okay, we’re googly-eyed, too. In order to get this pasta dish sitting in front of you on the table, you’ll have to boil and then blend your cubed butternut squash to get the sauce. Luckily, this cheesy goodness looks like it will be worth every dirty dish.

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roasted butternut squash cauliflower rice

Don’t let the super healthy nature of this recipe fool you—it’s gonna taste good. Cauliflower substitutes always do.

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roasted butternut squash soup

Because you can’t let fall pass you by without indulging in a creamy, roasted butternut squash soup. You just can’t.

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butternut squash and black bean tacos

The classic pairing of sweet potato and black beans gets an upgrade in this fancy, squash-based recipe. It’s easy to make and unsurprisingly, easy to devour.

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sweet potato, banana, and butternut squash muffins

This recipe has our interest piqued, that’s for sure. If you try (which we for sure will), take solace in knowing your muffins will be low in sugar and high in fiber. 

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butternut squash risotto with spinach and tomatoes

Bookmark this recipe for the first actually cold day of the season. One bite of this risotto and you’ll be warm and happy. 

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butternut squash veggie burgers

Because all vegetables deserve to be turned into a veggie burger! You know the drill.

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creamy butternut squash mash with za’atar, pepitas, shallots, and tahini sauce

Will we ever look at boring, old mashed potatoes the same again? Probably not. All because of this squash mash recipe that features expertly chosen spices and add-ins. 

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fig basted roast butternut squash with quinoa, apple, and fig stuffing

Be the grandkid with the coolest side dish (or vegetarian main dish!) this year at Thanksgiving. Just so you know, there are apples, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, figs, and orange zest in that stuffing. (Mic drop.)

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warm butternut squash dip with gruyere and pistachios

Another dip to add to your list of sophisticated appetizers… For mandatory Sunday football viewing. 

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butternut squash and parsnip tart

This straightforward recipe might even get us singing the praises of parsnips, a widely underused vegetable. Also, nobody will judge you for using store-purchased puff pastry. We promise.

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roasted butternut squash with hazelnut brown butter sauce and thyme

Eating butternut squash on its own is an option, too. The brown butter sauce definitely doesn’t hurt the chance we actually make this recipe come fall…

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curried lentil and butternut squash quesadillas with curry aioli

So much flavor, so many opportunities to make these curried quesadillas… Starting tomorrow for dinner. 

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thanksgiving breakfast frittata 

Butternut squash also tastes good when paired with eggs, because it tastes good when paired with everything! Learn how to make this simple breakfast frittata that will no doubt be a hit with the family this Thanksgiving.

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roasted butternut squash quinoa salad

Eat it hot or cold, as a side or a main dish, for lunch or dinner. Just another reason we love quinoa salads, especially the ones that have butternut squash listed as a main ingredient. 

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roasted butternut squash kale sauté

Be the Thanksgiving hero who brings a healthy—and still delicious—side. Bonus: This recipe is low effort, too. Just ten minutes of prep time and 40 minutes of cook time.