Butternut squash is a great way to add seasonal flavor to any recipe — it's less intense than pumpkin, just as sweet as a sweet potato, and super versatile to boot. Here are five of our favorite recipes.

Butternut Squash Crostini

These pretty-colored snacks make a perfect fall appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.

Spicy Squash Salad with Arugula, Lentils, and Goat Cheese

This lunch dish includes a variety of great flavors, colors, and textures.

Butternut Squash Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

For a lighter flavor, swap out pumpkin in baked goods for squash. White chocolate on top gives these cupcakes a hit of rich sweetness.

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Squash Risotto

A great, hearty winter dish that's dairy-free, vegan, and gluten free. This healthier take on risotto uses brown rice and plenty of spices and herbs.

Butternut Squash Pecan Pancakes

Make breakfast truly the most important meal of the day with these special-occasion pancakes. Whole wheat flour and applesauce round out the wholesome ingredient list.

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