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6 Delightful Butternut Squash Recipes You Need to Try

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Mel's Kitchen Cafe

'Tis the season for... butternut squash. Hear us out: We're all about the holidays, seasonal celebrations, and seasonal themes. But there's also something special in our kitchens this time of year. And that something is squash! Squash recipes are amazing — roasted, pureed, sauteed — there's almost no wrong turns to be had. And while squash soup has its place (even on this list!) in the recipe lineup, there's so much more you can do with butternut squash. So, sit back and feast your eyes on some of our favorite and inventive ways to cook butternut squash this season! Let us know which of these recipes turns out best. Check them out now:

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1. Butternut Squash Mac n' Cheese

Spoon University

Yes, you heard us correctly. It's possible to make mac n' cheese with butternut squash! The ultimate comfort food made healthy. Too good to be true, right?! It's almost good enough to make us write a personal thank you note to Spoon University, who brought us this incredible recipe. The heartiness of the dish is enhanced by the rich undertones of butternut squash. Add in a crispy, crunchy breadcrumb topping. Genius.

2. Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Sage Butter

Mel's Kitchen Cafe

OK, prepare to be impressed, or if you're making this, prepare to impress! Mel's Kitchen Ca has a recipe for stuffed shells that is the ultimate fall home run dish. Plus, we think this sounds exactly like a high-end dish we'd find on a restaurant menu. There's something about a creamy butternut squash filling that is divine inside pasta shells. And making brown butter sage butter is an incredible addition to the dish. We think it's a total winner!

3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash

A Beautiful Plate

We had to bring some of our favorite healthy flavors to this list. This dish from A Beautiful Plate has the high distinction of being a healthy side (or main!) dish, and one that is completely filled with all the flavors of fall. While we love roasted squash and roasted Brussels sprouts alone, mixing in some dried cranberries and drizzling it all with a dijon vinaigrette is simply a perfect pairing. It's ok to try this one at home!

4. Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

Joyful Healthy Eats

We couldn't leave it too healthy for too long; but again, we maintain that swapping butternut squash into a recipe makes it an instant health food! At least, that's what we've decided for Joyful Healthy Eats' recipe for butternut squash alfredo. At the end of a long, chilly day, there's nothing more comforting and rewarding than tucking into a steamy bowl of pasta. We're big fans of this alfredo hack, which updates the sauce to add flavorful, silky-smooth butternut squash sauce into the mix. Topped with salty bacon? We may go back for three bowls.

5. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Happy Kitchen Rocks

A classic! You know it had to make an appearance on this list. At least four times a month, you can find us mixing up a big batch of butternut squash soup that we portion out for a few hearty, go-to meals. This recipe, from Happy Kitchen Rocks, is one of the best we've found. The flavors of carrot and garlic blend perfectly into the squash, creating a savory and delicious end product. She suggests swirling goat cheese throughout for your final dish, a suggestion we can't argue with!

6. Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Bowls

Foodie Crush

We'd be remiss if we didn't include a good lunch recipe in this roundup. A habit we've finally adopted is weekly meal planning. Carving out some moments for meal prep on Sunday afternoons saves us time, money, and ensures that we will eat healthily throughout the week! This butternut squash bowl is a perfect meal prep recipe. The chicken adds some much-needed protein for your long days, the guacamole rice tastes way indulgent, and altogether this recipe is a perfect grab-and-go lunch.

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