Butternut squash, a common winter squash, starts appearing in markets in the fall. This bowling pin-shape squash has a firm, dense flesh that does not get stringy after cooking, giving it a creamy texture well-suited to mashing. The deep orange flesh of this squash is high in beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins C and B6, and potassium.
Bake butternut squash in the oven when you want to serve it mashed. Or enjoy each half as a single serving and eat it with a spoon.
To prepare butternut squash on the quick, use your microwave and save over half an hour.
Roasting butternut squash pieces caramelizes their exterior while keeping them moist and tender inside. Toss roasted squash into soups or salads; throw them on a pizza; or use them to fill omelets, quesadillas, or sandwiches. They're also perfect as a simple side dish.
Go beyond plain butternut squash with these recipes.
Cheesy Butternut Squash Cavatappi Bake (pictured)