Fast and Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes

Squash-Quinoa Soup
Butternut squash season has finally arrived! While we love slow-cooking this quintessential fall ingredient as much as anyone, busy autumn weeknights aren't the easiest time to fit in a slow roast. Luckily, all of these squash sides and mains add a burst of butternut to dinner in 45 minutes or less! This doesn't mean you're limited to sauteeing. We have a few quick roast recipes you can still serve in almost no time.

Orzo with Butternut Squash, Sage, and Bacon

Combat the fall chill with this warm, cozy orzo bowl. Cooking the butternut squash in a Dutch oven makes this recipe much faster than roasting.

Baked Butternut Squash with Thyme

Whether it's a weeknight dinner or you're prepping for the holidays, you can't go wrong with this simple side dish at the table. Just add a sprinkle of salt and thyme, and let the butternut squash shine.

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry

Heat up your butternut squash by cooking it in a spicy coconut milk and green curry sauce. Chickpeas add enough protein for dinner, and serving over jasmine rice completes this fiery fall meal.

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Noodle Bowl

Sweet, spicy, and full of fall flavor, this recipe adds Asian flair to your usual bowl of pasta and butternut squash. Besides a few servings of veggies, we used soy sauce, fresh ginger, and sriracha to create this 40-minute craveable dish.

Roasted Sausage with Mushrooms, Squash, and Polenta

Preheat your oven and grab the closest sheet pan—it's the only dish you'll need to make a flavorful fall dinner. Roasting butternut squash, sausage, and rosemary all together creates rich, caramelized flavors ideal for an autumn night.

Spaghetti with Roasted Butternut Squash

No canned spaghetti sauce here! Instead, serve your noodles with roasted butternut squash, crispy bacon, and pecorino cheese. Trust us: You won't miss your store-bought tomato sauce.

Gluten-Free Baked Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

We'll never say to no to creamy, luscious mac and cheese—especially when butternut squash is mixed in! Rather than roasted cubes, we sauteed and pureed the squash, so this mac is extra gooey.

Butternut Squash Soup with Ravioli

Two pounds of butternut squash might sound like a lot, but it's worth the chopping and peeling for this silky-smooth soup. To make dinner a little more elegant, top with cheese ravioli and swirls of molasses to turn your bowl of soup into art.

Pappardelle with Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

Thick pappardelle noodles are just right for partnering with tender butternut squash. Of course, plenty of fresh sage and crunchy pine nuts doesn't hurt this pairing, either.

Butternut Squash Bake

If you cook the noodles for this casserole while the butternut squash roasts, the dish can be done in less than 45 minutes. That's a short amount of time to wait before sinking your fork into this cheesy, creamy fall casserole.

Squash-Quinoa Soup

This soup hits almost every food group—it's loaded with chicken, quinoa, and butternut squash. The fruitiness comes from apricot nectar, and fresh zucchini adds an extra dose of veggies. If you want to hit all five, add a sprinkle of cheese on top!

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