Once you get past the tough outer skin, butternut squash has a delightfully sweet, dense flesh that is delicious in both sweet and savory dishes. This voluptuous and versatile variety of winter squash loves a long roast in the oven, which results in a sweet, soft flesh that is perfect for soups, purees, pies, and colorful roasted vegetable medleys.
Butternut squash blends nicely with hardy herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage, which have an earthy flavor that complement the sweetness of the squash. Warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves all pair beautifully with butternut squash, especially in a holiday pie! This golden winter squash also goes well with ingredients like apples, arugula, bacon, beans, brussel sprouts, coconut, kale, nuts, red onion and quinoa.
No need to refrigerate whole butternut squash, as it will keep for several months in a cool, dark place in your kitchen or pantry. Peeled butternut squash should be stored tightly covered and refrigerated for up to five days.