Butternut squash recipes

One of our favourite things about fall, besides crunchy, colourful leaves and sweater weather, is luscious butternut squash. There’s so many reasons to love it. It’s hearty, nutritious and thanks to its natural sweetness, a good “starter veggie” for picky eaters.

From butternut squash soups and stews, to pasta sauces and even breakfast, we bet your kids will love these recipes too—especially if they get a chance to help with the cooking.

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butternut squash chickpeas and rice

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: Cooking the rice in butternut squash soup gives it a rich risotto-like feel, without all the extra work.

How kids can help: This four-ingredient “dump dinner” is impossible to mess up, so let your kid handle each step on their own—under supervision, of course.

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Butternut squash is packed with Vitamins A, C, potassium and fibre. It also makes a good low-carb alternative compared to sweet potatoes, with less sugar and carbohydrates.[1]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger on a wood table with pepitas and roasted apples

Ready in: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Why we love it: There are only two steps to this easy butternut squash recipe that’s one of our all-time favourites for a chilly day. Just roast the butternut squash, shallots, ginger, garlic and spices, then blend all the ingredients until smooth.

How kids can help: Kid can help peel the garlic and shallots before placing the ingredients on the baking sheet. Have your junior chefs practice drizzling oil over the veggies and sprinkling salt and pepper before baking.

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Soups are a great way to stretch your dinner budget, even with fresh and healthy ingredients. This seasonal sweet and savoury bowl is an easy way to keep bellies warm and full without breaking your budget.

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corn chowder with bacon

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: With the butternut squash and smoky bacon, this creamy corn chowder is a meal in itself.

How kids can help: Kids need practice chopping safely, so ask for “help” with the celery and bacon for this soup.

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The most difficult part of making this pasta sauce is peeling and chopping the squash. If you’re pressed for time, you can find butternut squash that’s pre-peeled and cut (either fresh or frozen), which will save you precious moments on a busy weeknight.

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lazed Butternut Squash with Thyme on wooden table next to butter, sugar and thyme

Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: Brown sugar and butter give the butternut squash a golden, caramelized finish, bringing out its natural sweetness. It makes a beautiful side dish for a holiday spread or a festive Sunday roast, but we also love to make a big batch and add it to our weekday salads.

How kids can help: After your kid is done scooping out the seeds of the butternut squash, they can help you measure the other ingredients including butter, dark brown sugar and fresh thyme.

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Get the most value from fresh herbs such as thyme by freezing unused portions. Simply wash, dry and toss thyme in a freezer bag, stems and all. Pop the bag in the freezer and pull it out whenever it’s…thyme.

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instant pot mac and cheese

Ready in: 19 minutes

Why we love it: We can’t resist a recipe with hidden veggies for the kids. If you think your fussy eater won’t touch squash, just try to keep them away from this creamy mac and cheese.

How kids can help: If you’re using a whole squash, your kid will love scooping out the seeds—and you’ll love skipping that mess on your own hands. Don’t toss the seeds! Just like pumpkin seeds, squash seeds can be toasted in the oven for a crispy, crunchy snack.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup in white bowl with roasted apples on top

Ready in: 50 minutes

Why we love it: The best part of this crowd-pleasing butternut squash soup is the tart green apple that balances the sweetness of the squash. We also love to garnish it with pieces of raw or baked apples, plus some sour cream or yogurt for tangy flavour.

How kids can help: If you’re extra careful, you can let older kids “help” you blend the soup. We recommend letting them put their hands over yours as you squeeze the stick blender. Go slow to avoid hot soup from splattering—they’ll love the noise the blender makes.

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Soup is the ultimate make-ahead meal. Whip this up the night or morning before your meal, then simply reheat and add your fresh garnishes before serving.

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roasted butternut squash with apples

Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: This is a favourite holiday dish for kids and adults alike because of that mix of sweetness and crunch.

How kids can help: Chop, chop, chop. Let the kids cut up the apples under supervision, and then watch them get their hands dirty mixing up all the ingredients before you pop the dish in the oven.

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