15 delicious butternut squash recipes to try this fall

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Nothing says fall like butternut squash! Don't be intimidated by cutting those hard-shelled squash popping up in supermarket bins everywhere—practice makes perfect and unlocks a world of fall flavors for soups, pasta, sides, salads, desserts and more. Here are 15 delicious butternut squash recipes to try this season.

Butternut Squash soup with crispy sage
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Easy Butternut Squash Soup With Crispy Sage Leaves

Gives the classic fall soup a fragrant twist with crispy sage leaves.

Sometimes grandma just knows best! Chef Ryan Scott shares one of his favorite fall recipes, his grandma's sweet tea-brined fried chicken with butternut squash puree. With its Southern-inspired flavors, it's finger-lickin' good, to say the least. Make for dinner for the family or serve it as a Sunday football treat. Either way, it's sure to be a winner with the crowd!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Bacon

Roasted butternut squash with bacon
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Because everything is better with smoky bacon.

Risotto with Shrimp, Butternut Squash and Sage

The key to the multi-layered flavor of this dish is using one ingredient in two ways. Simply sautée one half of a butternut squash and purée the other. The result is a super creamy risotto with delicious and complex flavors.

Star chef Giada De Laurentiis uses only 5 simple ingredients for this amazing pasta dinner that the whole family will love.

Butternut squash adds a lovely sweetness to this luscious chicken stew topped with fluffy, tender biscuits.

Healthy and delicious, it's a great fall meal that's perfect all season long.

White Lasagna with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach

Stuck in a lasagna rut? Snap out of the usual red-sauce routine with this divine lasagna.

With eggplant, sweet potato, red bell pepper, and butternut squash, this flatbread is a colorful celebration of the best of fall's harvest.

Butternut Bruschetta

Sweet roasted butternut squash mashed with caramelized onions smeared on crostini is a welcome change from "regular" bruschetta with tomatoes. The tangy drizzle of balsamic and fresh mint is a perfect refresher to the otherwise sweet and spicy appetizer!

This hearty main course butternut squash soup is thickened up with creamy cannellini beans.

Rollatino Raviolo

These deconstructed ravioli highlight the comforting flavors of butternut squash, sage, nutmeg, and amaretto — all rolled with ricotta cheese into rollatini.

Jalapeño Roast Chicken Tacos

Pile shredded chicken into warm corn tortillas, then top with roasted butternut squash (you're going to love it!), plus more traditional garnishes like salsa, onion, cilantro, avocado, radishes, pickled jalapeños and a squeeze of lime.

Pumpkin (Calabaza en Tacha) Cheesecake

Impress your guests with this stunning cheesecake topped with shards of pumpkin-brown sugar brittle. Instead of using actual pumpkin, star chef Marcela Valladolid substitutes butternut squash. It's so yummy your family will never know the difference!

Lighten up mac and cheese with silky pureed butternut squash.

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