Butternut squash – one ingredient five ways

This article was originally published in November 2014

In addition to having a sweet and slightly nutty flavor, butternut squash is one of the easiest winter gourds to crack into thanks to a thin rind that can be removed with a vegetable peeler. Add to it a healthy dose of fiber and vitamins A and C, and you have a fall vegetable superstar that’s also versatile — there’s no shortage of tasty ways to use the vivid orange flesh, from appetizers to dessert.

Inaba farm locally grows our organic butternut squash in Wapato, Wash. Each pound equals approximately two cups of peeled, chopped squash. If you’re short on time, turn to our freezer section, where you’ll find bags of butternut squash from Stahlbush Island Farms that’s peeled, diced and ready to go. Don’t want to make a purée? Grab a can of Farmer’s Market Organic Butternut Squash from our grocery shelves.

Risotto

The creamy comfort of risotto is a natural fit for fall, and the addition of butternut squash makes this Italian dish deliciously luxurious. You can add in kale or mushrooms, or take your leftover Thanksgiving turkey and use it in our recipe for Turkey and Squash Risotto.

Bread

Zucchini bread and pumpkin muffins are common incarnations of baked goods using squash, but Butternut Squash Bread is an amazing sweet treat that offers cozy flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and apple cider. Bake a loaf »

Soup

Silky and smooth when puréed, butternut squash makes a fantastic soup. Commonly paired with apples or pears for a sweeter take, it pairs just as well with tomatoes for a warm, savory twist. Try our recipe for Creamy Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup.

Salad

Hearty cubes of butternut squash can combine with grains or legumes to make a salad that’s substantial enough for a main course. Try our recipe for Spicy Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese.

Samosas

Spices common in Indian cuisine, such as cumin and garam masala, beautifully match with the sweetness of butternut squash. Our recipe for Baked Butternut Squash Samosas is a healthier, kid-friendly take on these popular stuffed pastries. Check it out >>

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