Butternut squash, two ways

June 18, 2012

As I’ve mentioned before, when I buy a butternut squash, it almost always ends up in this casserole (modifications: more squash, add spinach, and add the hot Italian sausage). Sometimes, it gets roasted and folded into a good risotto, and once in awhile, it becomes a bowl for chili. But it’s usually for the casserole. To me, that casserole speaks specifically of fall — and as much fall-like weather as we’ve been having around here (which is why I bought the squash in the first place), I wanted to try something lighter, more spring-inspired.

One large-ish butternut squash became the centerpiece for two meals:

The first night, I made Lauren’s stovetop butternut squash mac and cheese — fantastic alongside a big green salad. (One note, though: I don’t know if it was because I substituted a gluten-free pasta, but I ended up with way too much cheese and didn’t come close to adding all of it. I know. I didn’t think that was possible either. Next time, I’ll cut both the cheese and milk by half, but keep all other amounts the same. In fact, I might even add more squash.)

The second night, I made these tacos, with my purist guacamole (avocado + lots of lime juice + garlic salt), homemade salsa, and my favorite black beans. (The first time I made these beans, I only bought one can of beans and didn’t realize I was short until I had already measured in all of the spices. But it turns out that it was a happy accident, and now I always double the seasonings when making a full batch.)

The third night, the leftover cabbage went into Deb’s cabbage salad with buttermilk dressing (which I can only presume is better with Napa cabbage, as written, but which was quite tasty with the regular stuff). And then the leftover cilantro went into a southwestern-style salad, which might mark the first time I have ever managed to use an entire bunch of cilantro before it turned wilty and useless.

Butternut squash other ways?

What are some of your favorite ways to eat butternut squash? My to-try list is now devoid of butternut squash recipes, and I need to replenish.

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