By Carl Hanson

Wait, this is butternut squash? You better believe it. In these 11 inventive recipes, butternut squash shows a versatile side we didn't know it had. And now we've got a wee case o' the craves.

Inventive Ways to Enjoy Butternut Squash

Quick tip: To save a ton of time on the prep side, buy frozen pre-cut or mashed butternut squash. If you're prepping your own butternut squash, check out how to peel butternut squash the easy way.

1. Easy Butternut Squash Ravioli

Here's an easy, delicious way to use up leftover roasted butternut squash. And the secret that makes this recipe so easy? Using wonton wrappers instead of pasta. Genius.

Photo by Chef John

2. Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins

"My husband, who is not a ‘weird muffin' kinda guy, devoured three of these after they came out of the oven, and thanked me for the nice change from our typical squash soup recipe. This is a dense, moist muffin recipe, and the results will disappear quickly!" -- CANUCKATLARGE

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3. Butternut Squash and Mascarpone Gnocchi

"Prepare your palate for some incredibly light, tender, and delicious gnocchi," says Chef John. And check out the recipe video to see a fast way to prep the squash...in the microwave!

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4. Butternut Squash Cakes

Serve these tasty cakes like you would potato cakes, with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt. They're also gluten-free. Huzzah!

Photo by Chef John

5. Better Than Pumpkin Pie

"This IS even better than pumpkin pie," says LEEBUNNY. "Super creamy. The butternut squash is easy to deal with if prebaked. Then you can just scoop it out and you're ready to puree with the other ingredients."

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6. Butternut Squash Cajun Fries

"A yummy, salty, spicy, slightly sweet alternative to deep-fried French fries. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce." -- Occasional Cooker

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7. Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic Lasagna

"Delish to the MAX! Yum! My husband and I made this for dinner last night for Meatless Monday, and we both loved it! We have half the pan left for dinner tonight, and I'm already thinking about making it again." -- SummerDavis

Photo by Meredith

8. Butternut Squash Pizzas with Rosemary

"I add a little balsamic vinegar to the roasting pan to caramelize the onions and squash. I have also roasted different vegetables to go on the pizza...asparagus, cherry tomatoes, zucchini or eggplant." -- Jo Helman

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

9. Red Curry Butternut Squash

See how to make a quick, flavorful butternut squash curry. You'll toast curry spices with tomato paste, green onions, and garlic. Then simmer the squash in coconut milk until tender. You'll also see a great trick for quickly peeling and slicing butternut squash.

10. Butternut Squash Risotto

This creamy risotto really benefits from the natural sweet flavor of the squash. To save time, try using frozen mashed butternut squash. Or make the squash ahead of time: " I baked my squash the day before then mashed it when I was ready to add it to the risotto. This made my cooking time 20 minutes. It was excellent." -- Melissa O'Neill

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11. Mango, Bacon, and Butternut Squash Hash

"Wasn't sure how a family of picky eaters would like this, but everyone loved it! I loved how easy it was to make. Great addition to breakfast-for-dinner meals!" -- Liza Hellenbrand

Photo by Allrecipes


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