Roasted Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup

If you are looking for the easiest Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup, this recipe will fit the bill completely. It is literally only 3 steps. Roast the veggies. Sauté the onion and boil the soup. Blend it until creamy. Seasoned with thyme it is a herb…

If you are looking for the easiest Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup, this recipe will fit the bill completely. It is literally only 3 steps. Roast the veggies. Sauté the onion and boil the soup. Blend it until creamy. Seasoned with thyme it is a herby, refreshing cream soup. We love a creamy veggie soup...

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Enchilada-Stuffed Butternut Squash

If you love enchiladas and roasted winter squash, this recipe is a must-try! We loved the filling of our enchilada bake so much we couldn’t help but add it to a roasted butternut squash, and the results were phenomenal!
This smoky, saucy, hearty stuff…

Enchilada-Stuffed Butternut Squash

If you love enchiladas and roasted winter squash, this recipe is a must-try! We loved the filling of our enchilada bake so much we couldn’t help but add it to a roasted butternut squash, and the results were phenomenal!

This smoky, saucy, hearty stuffed squash is a perfect plant-based, gluten-free, nut-free entrée for fall and winter. Enjoy it on its own or top with guacamole and hot sauce and serve alongside grains or a green salad.

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Butternut Squash Lasagna (Vegan, GF Optional)

One of our all-time favorite fall vegetables is the ever-versatile butternut squash! And after you try this lasagna, you’ll see why. What started as an attempt at gluten-free ravioli turned into something even more AMAZING! This new twist on classic la…

Butternut Squash Lasagna (Vegan, GF Optional)

One of our all-time favorite fall vegetables is the ever-versatile butternut squash! And after you try this lasagna, you’ll see why. What started as an attempt at gluten-free ravioli turned into something even more AMAZING! This new twist on classic lasagna swaps tomato sauce for a savory, creamy, butternut squash cashew sauce that pairs perfectly with lasagna noodles and sautéed kale and mushrooms. 

This plant-based (and gluten-free optional) entreé is undeniably comforting and crowd-pleasing and will make an excellent addition to holiday dinner tables or as meal prep for the week’s lunches!

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Butternut Squash Parmesan Frittata.

This butternut squash frittata is a delicious spin on a classic frittata! Butternut, parmesan, fresh herbs and arugula make the flavor pop – then it’s topped off with a simple arugula salad. Super satisfying for a weeknight meal or easy brunch.  I am SO ready for butternut squash season. In fact, I’m so ready for […]

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This butternut squash frittata is a delicious spin on a classic frittata! Butternut, parmesan, fresh herbs and arugula make the flavor pop – then it’s topped off with a simple arugula salad. Super satisfying for a weeknight meal or easy brunch. 

I am SO ready for butternut squash season.

butternut squash parmesan frittata

In fact, I’m so ready for every squash season. While I like pumpkin, it’s probably my least favorite variety. I find the others to be so wonderful in savory dishes that I can’t wait to start using them come September. 

And I love to use them in breakfast, lunch and dinner! Especially butternut squash. It’s so super versatile. These days, you can usually find it pre-chopped at the grocery store which makes things even simpler. 

chopped butternut squash

I can’t ever say it enough – I LOVE breakfast for dinner. We all love breakfast for dinner here! 

My mom instilled it in me as a kid. She would make the BEST breakfasts for dinner – probably because it was always crazy in the morning so she never made breakfast for breakfast. You know?

Unless it was brunch on the weekends.

eggs, parmesan, herbs, cream in a bowl

Breakfast for dinner is just so comforting. If I’m really in a pinch, we will just do eggs and toast, maybe some potato/vegetable skillet situation or even a quick pancake.

But in the event that I have more time or have planned accordingly, I love to make a fancy breakfast for dinner.

butternut squash parmesan frittata

Like the perfect frittata! A loaded frittata with toasted, buttered sourdough is absolutely incredible. It’s satisfying, flavorful, and the best part is that you can use up whatever you have in your fridge.

It’s also a great vehicle for veggies.

You can throw nearly ANYTHING into a frittata and have it work.

butternut squash parmesan frittata

I have to say, this combo may be my new favorite. The nutty butternut squash combined with the salty parmesan gives you that comforting fall flavor and it goes so well with the herbs and eggs. I love to use a combo of fresh sage and parsley, but really any herbs you enjoy will work. My garden is still overflowing, so I’ll tend to grab whatever I have on hand! (more…)

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Savory Teff Crepes with Miso Squash Filling

Not to brag, but we really hit it out of the park with these nourishing and delicious Ethiopian-inspired teff crepes! The crepes themselves are endlessly versatile, wholesome, and nutty, and pair beautifully with the warm miso roasted vegetable filling…

Savory Teff Crepes with Miso Squash Filling

Not to brag, but we really hit it out of the park with these nourishing and delicious Ethiopian-inspired teff crepes! The crepes themselves are endlessly versatile, wholesome, and nutty, and pair beautifully with the warm miso roasted vegetable filling. We’re sure you’ll agree once you give them a try!

The crepes could also be filled with an endless variety of savory goodness, or you could take them to the sweet side with a fresh fruit filling — yum!

Savory Teff Crepes with Miso Squash Filling from Minimalist Baker →

How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash Without Losing a Finger

Even if it’s not the dead of winter, I’m still cooking with tons of butternut squash year-round.

From butternut squash soup to cheesy Instant Pot butternut squash Alfredo to caramelized butternut squash wedges, I’ll keep this bright orange, cold-weath…

Even if it's not the dead of winter, I'm still cooking with tons of butternut squash year-round.

From butternut squash soup to cheesy Instant Pot butternut squash Alfredo to caramelized butternut squash wedges, I'll keep this bright orange, cold-weather staple in rotation for weeks on end—and probably until below-freezing temperatures and the Polar Vortex feel like a dark and distant dream.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta

The idea for this pasta floated into my brain one day: sweet roasted butternut squash tossed with pasta and a garlicky white sauce. After a few rounds of testing, I knew I had something incredible to share. This is my favorite fall and winter pasta yet…

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta

The idea for this pasta floated into my brain one day: sweet roasted butternut squash tossed with pasta and a garlicky white sauce. After a few rounds of testing, I knew I had something incredible to share. This is my favorite fall and winter pasta yet!

Squash is halved and roasted until caramelized with the skin for ease. The sauce requires just 5 pantry staple ingredients. And when topped with (optional) shiitake bacon, the salty-sweet flavor combination takes it to the next level!

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Roasted Vegetables

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you know I roast vegetables just about every single week. They are my FAVORITE and I love having them in the fridge at all times to eat for easy lunches, dinners, and…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you know I roast vegetables just about every single week. They are my FAVORITE and I love having them in the fridge at all times to eat for easy lunches, dinners, and to jazz up meals. Every time I…

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This creamy, dreamy butternut squash mac and cheese is so tasty! It boasts less cheese and more fiber and vitamins than the standard. Welcome to our new favorite way to use butternut squash in a recipe. Butternut squash mac and cheese! Why add this mighty squash to your favorite pasta? Well, three reasons. The first is simply to have an excuse to use this fall ingredient in your kitchen! Butternut squash also lets you use less cheese and adds fiber to this traditionally starchy dish. But most of all…it’s just delicious. The squash gives the cheese sauce a sweet undertone and makes it extraordinarily creamy. Ready to get started? Ingredients in butternut squash mac and cheese First things first: this butternut squash mac and cheese has cheese in it. Yep, it’s designed as a way to use less cheese: not no cheese altogether. If you’re looking for a vegan mac and cheese, head to our Vegan Green Chili Mac we wrote for Washington Post! It’s incredibly tasty. But if you’re on board for the less cheese, more fiber version: let’s go! Here are the ingredients you’ll need: Butternut squash: Fresh is best: because it has the best flavor and texture! […]

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This creamy, dreamy butternut squash mac and cheese is so tasty! It boasts less cheese and more fiber and vitamins than the standard.

Butternut squash mac and cheese

Welcome to our new favorite way to use butternut squash in a recipe. Butternut squash mac and cheese! Why add this mighty squash to your favorite pasta? Well, three reasons. The first is simply to have an excuse to use this fall ingredient in your kitchen! Butternut squash also lets you use less cheese and adds fiber to this traditionally starchy dish. But most of all…it’s just delicious. The squash gives the cheese sauce a sweet undertone and makes it extraordinarily creamy. Ready to get started?

Ingredients in butternut squash mac and cheese

First things first: this butternut squash mac and cheese has cheese in it. Yep, it’s designed as a way to use less cheese: not no cheese altogether. If you’re looking for a vegan mac and cheese, head to our Vegan Green Chili Mac we wrote for Washington Post! It’s incredibly tasty. But if you’re on board for the less cheese, more fiber version: let’s go! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Butternut squash: Fresh is best: because it has the best flavor and texture!
  • Pasta: Any short shape works!
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable broth
  • Spices: chili powder, nutmeg, salt and pepper
  • Milk
  • Cheese: there are a few different options: see below!
Butternut squash mac and cheese

3 advantages to making butternut squash mac and cheese!

What do you get when you add butternut squash to mac and cheese? So much goodness! Here are the particulars on this butternut squash mac and cheese:

  • Reduces the standard recipe by over 1000 calories! Compared to a standard homemade mac and cheese, this recipe removes half the cheese, all the butter and flour, and 1 cup of the milk. That’s a savings of over 1000 calories (or 125 calories per serving for 8 servings).
  • Adds fiber. 1 cup of butternut squash has 7 grams fiber (source), so each serving has about 12% of your daily need.
  • Adds Vitamin A, Vitamin Cm and other vitamins. 1 cup of butternut squash has 457% of your daily Vitamin A and 52% of your daily value of Vitamin C (source). You get half that in each serving of this butternut squash mac and cheese!

How to cut butternut squash: some tips!

Now, we know: cutting a butternut squash can be daunting. It is for us too! But over the years, we’ve developed some best practices that make it much less painful. Here are a few tips for how to cut the squash for this butternut squash mac and cheese:

  1. Watch the video: First, watch this quick video of How to Cut Butternut Squash.
  2. Use a serrated peeler: A serrated blade makes it easier to peel the tough skin than a normal vegetable peeler, which easily slips. Here’s the serrated vegetable peeler we use.
  3. Cut off the neck and chop it separately from the base: Don’t cut the entire squash together. Chop off the neck, then peel it and chop into squares! Do the same for the base. 
Roasted butternut squash

Can you substitute frozen butternut squash in mac and cheese?

Technically yes, but we don’t recommend it. You can use 4 cups frozen butternut squash in this recipe instead of fresh. However, fresh such better flavor that we don’t recommend frozen. Here’s what to know:

  • The flavor is much better with fresh. When it comes to fresh vs frozen squash: fresh is better every time. Frozen is not nearly as flavorful: but it does work in a pinch!
  • Make these changes with frozen if you must: Use only 1 1/2 cups veggie broth for simmering and simmer for 5 minutes until the squash is tender. Omit the milk. Add additional kosher salt to taste. But instead of frozen butternut squash, we recommend this…

Meal prep tip: peel and dice the squash in advance!

If you do want to speed up this recipe: don’t use frozen squash. Simply peel and dice the butternut squash in advance! You can place it in a sealed container and refrigerate until you make the recipe, 2 to 3 days. It makes the recipe so much easier!

What cheese to use

There are lots of options for the cheese in this butternut squash mac and cheese! Here are a few options, in order of our preference:

  • Smoked gouda. It’s unique, but it adds a smoky nuance to the flavor and makes it taste completely irresistible.
  • Sharp cheddar. This one is the classic mac and cheese choice. It’s always tasty and you can combine it with the two cheeses below.
  • Monterey jack (with cheddar): Monterey jack is a great choice to mix with cheddar: it adds just the right cozy comfort food vibe. Go half cheddar and half Monterey jack.
Butternut squash mac and cheese

Variation: make it gluten free!

Another plus for butternut squash mac and cheese: it’s easy to make gluten free. Many mac and cheese recipes use flour and butter to make a roux, a way to thicken a cheese sauce. It makes for a lusciously creamy sauce, but it does have flour. This recipe is simple to make gluten free with a simple swap of pasta. You can use:

  • Gluten free pasta made with gluten-free flour
  • Legume pasta made with lentil or chickpea flour. This type of pasta alternative is becoming easy to find at your local grocery.

Ways to serve with butternut squash mac and cheese

Make the pasta, make the sauce, and bam: you’ve got a delicious and healthy dinner idea! How to round out the meal? We’d suggest adding a quick and easy vegetable to add even more fiber and nutrients. Some serving suggestions for butternut squash mac and cheese:

Butternut squash mac and cheese

This butternut squash mac and cheese recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten free pasta or legume pasta.

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Butternut squash mac and cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 as a main, 10 to 12 as a side
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This creamy, dreamy butternut squash mac and cheese is so tasty! It boasts less cheese and more fiber and vitamins than the standard.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound small pasta shells* (gluten free or legume pasta as desired)
  • 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash** (about 1 medium squash: not frozen!)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded smoked gouda cheese (or sharp cheddar cheese, or equal parts cheddar and Monterrey Jack)
  • Seasoned Italian breadcrumbs or plain breadcrumbs, optional

Instructions

  1. Prep the squash and garlic: Peel and dice the butternut squash. Mince the garlic.
  2. Cook the pasta: Start a pot of well salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until it is just al dente. Start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside; usually around 7 to 8 minutes. Drain the pasta. (If it finishes before the sauce, add it back to the pot with a drizzle of olive oil so it doesn’t stick.)
  3. Make the sauce: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat; add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, or just until the garlic is fragrant but not browned. Carefully add the squash and vegetable broth to the skillet and stir to fully combine. Add the chili powder, nutmeg, kosher salt, and several grinds of black pepper. Cover and bring it to a high simmer, bubbling constantly, then cook 20 minutes until the squash is tender. 
  4. Blend the sauce: Carefully add the squash and all liquid to a blender. Add the milk and blend until smooth. Pour the sauce back into the pot. Stir in the shredded cheese and stir with a spoon until it is melted (gently heat it over low heat if it doesn’t melt right away). Taste and add additional salt as desired.
  5. Serve: Pour the sauce onto the pasta. Taste and add a few more pinches salt as necessary. Serve immediately, sprinkled with breadcrumbs if desired.

Notes

*We like making half the pasta (8 ounces) and saving half the sauce for later to make with fresh pasta.

**Using frozen squash is not nearly as flavorful. To save prep time, peel and dice the squash in advance, and refrigerate it until making the recipe (up to 2 days).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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This warm winter farro salad is so comforting and delish! Bowl meals like this are something I live for in the winter. They are so hearty and flavorful and you can make a big batch and eat it throughout the week. Sounds perfect right?!  Plus, you can always customize these to your preferences. Throw in […]

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This warm winter farro salad is so comforting and delish!

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

Bowl meals like this are something I live for in the winter.

roasted butternut squash

They are so hearty and flavorful and you can make a big batch and eat it throughout the week. Sounds perfect right?! 

Plus, you can always customize these to your preferences. Throw in what you love, sub something else that you may have in your pantry. It’s perfect! 

maple toasted pecans

I’m absolutely obsessed with the flavors and textures in this salad. We have the caramely roasted squash – a nice hint of sweet and savory. 

The pecans are crunchy, but also have a hint of maple. The farro is chewy. The goat cheese is creamy with a bit of tanginess. And the cranberries are chewy and sweet!

Let me tell you a little secret about the cranberries too: I kind of prefer dried cherries more. I mean, I definitely do! So you can toss in either of those and it will work.

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

The dressing is a DREAM! 

This cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette is originally from my thanksgiving kale salad. I never thought I’d enjoy cinnamon in a vinaigrette, but the slight hint of spice is wonderful. The cranberry adds a bit of holiday flavor and it’s still a classic, briney vinaigrette that dresses the salad so nicely.

A dressing on a grain salad is so perfect, because it basically marinates everything. Instead of wilting a salad as it sits, it essentially marinates everything in the bowl so all flavors are enhanced. Awesome, right? 

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

My favorite thing about this salad is that you can technically enjoy it warm or cold! Yes, the title says it’s a warm salad. And it is so lovely to serve warm – it’s nourishing and satisfying and tastes fantastic.

But if you find yourself with leftovers in the fridge, they are just as excellent right out of the container! If not, better.

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

It’s one of those dishes that even gets better as it sits – the farro and squash and goat cheese all marinate in the dressing and everything just had a boatload of flavor. The ingredients hold their textures well in the fridge too. 

It’s one of the reasons that I love serving this for lunch! You can have it as a bowl, over greens, on top of a salad or even as a side dish – really the options are endless.

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

This bowl has everything you want in a cozy, weeknight meal.

warm winter farro with butternut squash, goat cheese, cranberries and pecans

Warm Winter Farro Salad

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Warm Winter Farro Salad

This warm winter farro salad is hearty and nourishing. Butternut squash, goat cheese, cranberries and pecans make this irresistible.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people (or more, as a side dish)
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or tart cherries
  • 2 to 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with a big pinch of salt and pepper. I also like to do a sprinkle of garlic powder!
  • Roast the squash for 20 minutes, or until slightly caramelized and fork tender. While the squash is roasting, you can make the farro too! Cook it according to the package directions. You can also make the vinaigrette during this time too!
  • To toast the pecans, heat the pecans in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Drizzle in the maple syrup. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, as the maple syrup sizzles. Spread the pecans on a sheet of parchment paper until ready to use. You can chop them or leave them whole - your choice.
  • Place the farro in a large bowl. Toss in the roasted butternut squash cubes, the dried cranberries, goat cheese and pecans. Drizzle on a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette and toss the salad well.
  • Taste the farro and season with a pinch of salt and pepper if needed. Drizzle in more of the vinaigrette if desired. Top with the fresh parsley. Serve immediately!
  • Leftovers of this stay great in the fridge for a few days in a sealed container.

cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

  • Whisk together the vinegar, juice, honey, mustard, garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. This keeps great in the fridge for a few days!

warm winter farro with butternut squash, goat cheese, cranberries and pecans

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