November 2010 Flavor of the Month: Butternut Squash

Every season has a flavor all its own, and this month is all about butternut squash. Its bright orange flesh is as festive as can be, and when cooked, it turns delightfully creamy and slightly sweet--ideal for cozy soups or hearty pastas. Here are 20 of our all-time favorite butternut squash recipes for you to try!

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Baked Butternut Squash with Thyme
Baked Butternut Squash with Thyme

    A bit of butter and a dash of salt and fresh herbs are all you need to transform this fresh, colorful squash into a mouthwatering autumn side dish.

Butternut Squash Ravioli Filling

    Spoon this cozy filling into wonton wrappers and then top with browned butter for easy homemade ravioli.

Butternut Squash Soup

    It doesn't take much to turn roasted butternut squash into creamy soup. Simply puree the squash with onions, butter, and vegetable broth.

Orzo Risotto with Roasted Vegetables

    Walnuts, roasted butternut squash, mushrooms, and onions are stirred into creamy orzo, and then topped with feta cheese.

Butternut Squash Bake

    Filled with butternut squash, noodles, shallots, and squash, this rich casserole makes a delicious side dish with beef.

Savory Butternut Squash Dressing

    Butternut squash, dried cranberries, shallots, and sourdough bread combine in this seasonal stuffing recipe.

Beef Stew with Butternut Squash

    Butternut squash is a natural in this flavorful Moroccan-inspired stew. Serve it with couscous to soak up the rich tomatoey sauce.

Spaghetti with Roasted Butternut Squash

    Butternut squash is the star in this hearty pasta dish featuring a combination of bacon, nuts, roasted garlic, and browned butter.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

    Looking for a meatless main dish everyone will love? Try this lasagna featuring butternut squash, fresh rosemary, and Parmesan cheese.

Pappardelle with Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

    Ribbons of pasta are tossed with salty-sharp blue cheese and sweet butternut squash for a robust fall dinner idea.

Curried Cider-Pork Stew

    Curry gives this colorful stew a touch of spice, while butternut squash, fresh apples, and pork add fall flavor.

Winter Squash and Brown Bread Stuffing

    Two types of bread--honey wheat bread and brown bread with raisins--are tossed with butternut squash and traditional dressing ingredients to create a delicious, seasonal side dish.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

    Curry powder, ginger, and fresh cilantro make this creamy butternut squash soup delicious and flavorful.

Squash-Quinoa Soup

    Quinoa, a tiny beadlike grain, gives this chicken and butternut squash soup a slight crunch.

Butternut Risotto

    Butternut squash and saffron give this creamy risotto its vibrant color. A generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese adds a salty bite.

Butternut Squash Gratin

    Filled with butternut squash, spinach, cheese, and rich crème fraiche, this tasty side dish is a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Butternut Squash Soup with Ravioli

    A handful of scrumptious ingredients--vegetable broth, butternut squash, ravioli, and molasses-- give this soup so much flavor.

New World Chili

    Fresh butternut squash, dried cranberries, jalapeno peppers, and turkey put a fresh spin on classic slow-cooker chili.

Vegetable Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings

    A hint of Parmesan cheese in cornmeal dumplings pairs beautifully with the butternut squash in this Italian stew.

Chicken Butternut Squash Soup

    Golden butternut squash, roasted with onions and curry powder, transports your taste buds to the wild side of chili. Chickpeas, dried apricots, and nutmeg-spiced walnuts add crunch.

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