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5 Favorite Butternut Squash Recipes

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
by Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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5 Favorite Butternut Squash Recipes

Becky Luigart-Stayner & John Autry | Cooking Light

Of all the winter squashes, butternut squash is one of the easiest to work with. Its thin skin can be easily peeled with a vegetable peeler, and its dense flesh works well in a variety of dishes, sweet or savory. Nutrition-wise, butternut squash is a complex carbohydrate that is rich in carotenoids–a family of fat-soluble antioxidants commonly found in orange fruits and vegetables, some of which are a good source of Vitamin A.

This Roasted Butternut Squash & Shallot Soup is a favorite because it’s so easy to prepare. 



  • 4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large shallots, peeled and halved
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons (1-inch) slices fresh chives
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.

2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a roasting pan or jelly-roll pan; toss well. Bake at 375°F/190°C for 50 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool 10 minutes.

3. Place half of squash mixture and half of broth in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture and broth. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Top with chives and pepper, if desired.

Soup not your thing? Here are four other delicious and healthy ways to enjoy this healthy squash:

Healthy Tip: As you’re chopping, make sure to save the seeds. When lightly roasted they make a tasty, healthy snack!

Follow this link for more butternut squash recipes and cooking tips from our friends at

About the Author

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
Elle Penner, MPH, RD

Elle is a nutrition and wellness writer, recipe developer, blogger and nutrition consultant whose favorite things include her camera, carbs and quality time with her toddler. For more from this busy mama, check out Elle’s lifestyle blog or connect with her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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