7 ways to cook with butternut squash
It’s autumn and squashes and pumpkins are all around. Here are seven delicious, simple, quick and tasty recipes for the humble squash. Perfect as the chilly autumn nights set in.
1. Butternut squash soup
What better place to start than with a classic butternut squash soup? This is a rich, thick soup with lots of flavour. This recipe can be frozen and enjoyed up to three months later as well.
2. Spicy squash and spinach soup
If you like your soup with a bit of a kick then this is the one for you. This hearty, warming soup can be enjoyed as a starter or with some crusty wholegrain bread to make a filling, heart-healthy main meal. You can also make a larger batch and freeze the soup for later date.
3. Roasted butternut squash
Butternut squash is so versatile. Roasted butternut squash makes for a great side dish, but if you’re going to spend the time peeling and chopping, why not roast a whole tray of veg that can then be turned into a pasta bake or tasty fajitas?
4. Butternut squash laksa
Have you ever tried laksa? This Malaysian favourite is a filling, aromatic soup. Here, we’ve given it an autumnal twist with butternut squash. It’s vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten free as it is, but you can add pieces of chicken or fish to add more protein to your meal.
5. Moroccan-spiced tomato sauce with roast vegetables and chickpeas
This tasty aromatic Moroccan inspired spiced tomato sauce is perfect on its own with some pitta bread, or with pasta for a more substantial meal.
6. Beef and butternut squash moussaka
This healthy moussaka with a butternut squash twist substitutes full fat cheese for low fat cheese, uses 5% fat mince meat, and low cal cooking spray to ensure that this moussaka is as healthy as it is delicious.
7. Chilled toffee apple creams
Butternut squash is technically a fruit, and it's naturally sweet, so perhaps it shouldn’t be so surprising to find it as part of a delicious dessert. These luscious chilled toffee apple creams are a perfect alternative to high fat, high sugar puddings such as ice-cream. You can even chill these overnight for a truly decadent (but healthy!) breakfast.