5 Easy Butternut Squash Recipes To Make This Holiday Season November 7, 2019

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Add a creamy, sweet, and super seasonal spin to your holiday menu with these easy butternut squash recipes. 

The biggest cooking day of the year is around the corner, which means a whole lot of hustling and bustling is about to ensue. But to make your time in the kitchen a tad bit simpler and a whole lot more fun, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite easy butternut squash recipes — from set it and forget it slow cooker soup to melty quinoa bakes, mashes, and even tacos. Yes, tacos.

Get ready to totally blow away the side dish competition this year.

1. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

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Throw all ingredients into the slow cooker, conquer the other zillion tasks on your to-do list, and still be left with a knock-your-socks-off soup. That’s what this recipe is all about.


  • 2 1/4 Pounds Butternut Squash, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, diced
  • 2 Carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 Cups Vegetable or Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • Parsley (for garnish)


  1. Spray a 7- or 8-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients except heavy cream into slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low heat setting 7-8 hours or high heat setting 4-5 hours.
  4. Add to a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Stir in heavy cream and adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. Garnish with extra heavy cream and herbs.

2. Melty Gruyère-Topped Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Sprouts

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Maybe it’s just the spirit of the season, but we think that this quinoa bowl is pretty bright and merry. From radiant orange cubes of butternut squash to the ruby red jewel tones of dried cranberries, each bite contains a rainbow of colors and flavors. Shreds of gruyère cheese top off the grains and veggies, adding a bit of melty goodness to this hearty, wholesome recipe.

3. Butternut Squash Mash

Squash any and all fears you have about cooking with butternut squash by… mashing it! The result? A creamy and sweet, autumnal dream come true. Get the super simple recipe here.

4. Crispy Cauliflower and Squash Tacos with Yogurt Crema and a Chili Honey Drizzle

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Meatless Monday just got a seasonal upgrade with the addition of creamy butternut squash and roasted cauliflower inside these tortillas. The spices used to season the veggies bring lively flavors that ensure that this is one festive feast, especially when balanced with yogurt sauce and tangy lime. Feast your eyes on the recipe here.

5. No-Brainer Grain Salad with Butternut Squash, Farro, and Ricotta Salata

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Grain salads are all the rage right now on social media and beyond. But many of them look more aspirational than inspirational—too fussy to put together on your own. This one, however, is super simple while still being sophisticated enough to show off to your followers. Just boil the farro, pop the veggies in the oven, plate them with some greens and cheese, and voila! Insta-grain perfection. Snag the recipe here.

Looking for more fall recipes?  We’ve got just the thing. Check out our rundown on How to Make A Build-Your-Own Homemade French Toast Bar.

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