Not only is it packed full of vitamins and minerals, but the more it ripens, the better and sweeter it tastes. You’ll recognize butternut squash by its distinctive colors—it will look light tan, or yellow, on the outside—and by the vibrant orange center when it is sliced. Butternut squash is great roasted. Simply season it with butter, pepper, and salt, and roast it until the flesh is tender. It also works wonderfully sliced thin and served in our Butternut Squash Gratin, or sweetened with some light brown sugar in our Candied Roasted Squash.
If you prefer something spicier, and slightly unexpected, this winter wonder also tastes incredible in Butternut Squash Tortilla Soup, or in the entirely unexpected—and surprisingly Southern—Butternut Squash-and-Pecan Crostini, that blends the nutty flavor of pecans with the creamy sweetness of the oven-roasted squash. However you slice, dice, score, or puree this great treat, there is no end to what can be created in the kitchen with this light, bright delight. So enjoy the flavors of butternut squash this winter, whether hot out of the oven or slurped by the spoonful in an incredible soup.