Butternut squash is one of my all-time favorite ingredients. It’s healthy, it’s filling, it like to pretend to be pasta sometimes…

I’ve done a little searching lately to keep my butternut squash recipes fresh and new (so I don’t keep repeating) and wanted to share them here. Let us know what you think after trying!

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Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1 pound sweet loose Italian sausage, casings removed, torn into small pieces
  • 3 ounces Parmesan, finely crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Real Talk: If all you have is whole peppercorns and a pepper mill, measuring out pepper can be a bit tricky. Keep in mind that 1 tsp. is about 30 turns of the mill. Or place 1 tsp. peppercorns in a freezer bag (a regular bag may not hold up to all the abuse) and pound with a rolling pin or the bottom of a skillet until crushed. Or just add as much as you want!

Preheat oven to 400°. Mix garlic and butter in a large bowl until garlic is evenly distributed. Add squash, sausage, cheese, salt, and pepper and toss until squash is evenly coated in garlic-butter mixture.

Scrape into a medium heatproof skillet, cover tightly with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until squash is tender and lightly browned around the edges, 20–30 minutes more.

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Orecchiette with Squash, Chiles, and Hazelnuts

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. fresh orecchiette (see Fresh Pasta) or other fresh or dried small pasta
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ small butternut squash, peeled, cut into ½” pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, divided
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup blanched hazelnuts
  • 4 Tbsp. torn fresh mint leaves, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spread out hazelnuts on a small rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop; set aside.
  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente (about 5 minutes for fresh pasta). Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add squash and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, just until garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Immediately add ½ cup pasta cooking liquid to keep garlic from burning; reduce heat to low and gradually add butter, swirling skillet and adding more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until a thick, glossy sauce forms.
  • Add pasta to skillet with squash and sauce and toss to coat. Add lemon juice, ¼ cup Parmesan, 2 Tbsp. mint, and remaining ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve pasta topped with reserved hazelnuts, more Parmesan, and remaining 2 Tbsp. mint.

DO AHEAD: Hazelnuts can be toasted 5 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

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Stacked Veggie Quesadilla (vegetarian)

Ingredients:

  •  4 8-inch-diameter flour tortillas
  • 1 8-ounce package peeled chopped butternut squash, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 15- to 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 cup salsa, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup coarsely grated hot pepper Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Additional salsa
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs (for garnish)

Directions:

  • Preheat broiler. Put tortillas in single layer on baking sheet. Brush with oil. Broil until toasted, about 3 minutes. Turn; set aside.
  • Place squash in microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle water over, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave until just tender, about 3 minutes; drain. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add squash; stir 1 minute. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread out squash in even layer over 1 tortilla. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add beans, 1/4 cup salsa, garlic, and chili powder. Using potato masher, crush until beans are coarsely mashed; season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup salsa. Spread over second tortilla. Sprinkle cheese over third tortilla. Leave fourth tortilla plain.
  • Broil tortillas until cheese melts and vegetables are browned in spots, about 3 minutes, watching to prevent burning. Transfer black bean tortilla to plate; sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped cilantro over. Top with cheese tortilla, squash tortilla, then plain tortilla. Cut into 4 wedges. Garnish with sour cream, salsa, and cilantro sprigs.

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And of course, my favorite…

Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

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Ingredients:

  •  1 large butternut squash or other large winter squash (about 4 pounds), scrubbed
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped marjoram or oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons red wine vinegar, divided
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 3 ounces fresh goat cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place squash on a rimmed baking sheet and roast, turning once, until tender, 35–45 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, whisk garlic, oil, parsley, marjoram, and ½ tsp. vinegar in a small bowl to combine; season herb oil with salt and pepper.
  • Halve squash lengthwise and scrape out seeds. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out large pieces of flesh and place in a large bowl; discard skin. Add remaining 1 tsp. vinegar and gently toss to coat; season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer squash to a platter and drizzle with herb oil. Crumble goat cheese over.
  • Do Ahead: Herb oil can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

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