Mom and child making easy butternut squash recipes, soups and roasted squash in background

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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Crispy Baked Butternut Squash Fries on plate with dipping sauce and colourful napkin Image source: Foodess

Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: If you think your fussy eater won’t touch a winter squash, just try to keep them away from these baked butternut squash fries. But be warned, this easy recipe is a simple way to devour a whole squash in one sitting!

How kids can help: 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 pumpkins, they can be toasted in the oven for a crispy, crunchy snack.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
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 Image Source: theHub from Walmart.ca

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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BUDGET WATCH
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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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce on lobster ravioli sprinkled with Parmesan in two bowls Image source: Bake Eat Repeat

Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: Butternut squash makes an unexpectedly amazing pasta sauce—it’s rich, creamy and naturally sweet—perfect with a stuffed pasta like ravioli. Even the kids love the silky, creamy texture of this veggie-filled sauce.

How kids can help: Ask your kiddo to help you prepare the seasoning and topping for this sauce: a little salt and pepper, dried sage, grated nutmeg, cream, Parmesan and chopped pecans. The more involved they are in cooking dinner, the more likely they are to gobble it down when it’s done.

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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.

Missing any ingredients? Order chicken broth, ravioli, frozen butternut squash, sage and more through Walmart.ca Grocery Pickup & Delivery.

lazed Butternut Squash with Thyme on wooden table next to butter, sugar and thyme Image Source: theHub from Walmart.ca

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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BUDGET WATCH
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.

Missing any ingredients? Order chicken broth, fresh thyme, brown sugar and more through Walmart.ca Grocery Pickup & Delivery.

Stack of Butternut Squash and Black Bean Quesadillas next to bowl of salsa and slice of lime Image Source: Sweet Potato Chronicles

Ready in: 50 minutes

Why we love it: This butternut squash and black bean mixture is so versatile. Stuff it into a quesadilla, roll it into a burrito or serve it solo with a side of rice. If your kids are new to squash, remember that covering anything in melty, gooey cheese is sure to win them over.

How kids can help: Quesadillas are best enjoyed with a spread of toppings on the table, just like you would serve tacos. That way everyone can dip and top their own quesadilla. Let your kids mash up the guacamole and dish out little bowls of grated cheese, salsa, sour cream, cilantro and lime slices.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
Besides being high in protein, black beans also have 7.5 grams of fibre per serving, which helps with healthy digestion and colon health.[2]

Missing any ingredients? Order black beans, tortillas, cheddar cheese, cumin and more through Walmart.ca Grocery Pickup & Delivery.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup in white bowl with roasted apples on top Image source: theHUB from Walmart.ca

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.

Missing any ingredients? Order Granny Smith apples, chicken broth, onions, apple juice and more through Walmart.ca Grocery Pickup & Delivery.

Ready in: 50 minutes

Why we love it: Just like pumpkin, butternut squash is delicious in desserts, baked goods and indulgent breakfasts like this one. Candied bacon sounds fancy, but is as simple as sprinkling sugar over bacon and cooking in the oven till crispy.

How kids can help: Take this opportunity to teach kids about ratios and measurements by asking them to measure out all the ingredients for the waffle batter. Be sure to include the pureed butternut squash, so they know how tasty and sweet the veggie is.

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If you want to make the waffle mixture in advance, it can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a couple days. Just give it a good stir before cooking.[3]

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