t’s squash season. Many Americans don’t end up serving much winter squash only because they aren’t sure how to cook with it. If that’s you, don't worry. There are so many beautiful and tasty ways to enjoy this delicious, vitamin-rich vegetable. One of my favorites is butternut squash. It is incredibly adaptable as you will see in these recipes. It can go the savory route with rich soups, curries and roasted dishes, or it can go sweet with muffins, pancakes and even ice cream.

But before you check out the recipes, read over this helpful guide to peeling and cutting butternut squash. Once you know the basics, drool over the following recipes and then pick one to try.

7 ways to use butternut squash puree. Learn a very easy way to cook butternut squash and some really tasty ways to enjoy it. This shows you how easy it is both to cook, and to incorporate into dishes.

Caramelized Butternut Squash. This delicious and simple recipe uses a little sweetener and heat to bring out the natural sweetness of squash.

Butternut Squash Muffins These recipe uses uncooked butternut squash — which is great when you don’t have time to pre-cook squash for a recipe.

Butternut Squash with Spinach Curry. The sweetness of butternut squash also pairs well with the spicy flavors of curry.

Butternut Squash Risotto Flavor risotto with the rich, sweet flavor of squash. It makes it extra creamy.

Butternut squash soup in a bowl on a wooden table Butternut squash soup is filling enough to eat by itself for a meal. (Photo: Pinkcandy/Shutterstock)

Butternut Squash Soup Butternut squash is a natural in soup.

Bourbon and Butternut Squash Ice Cream Floats This quirky recipe is sure to delight the (adult) food fans in your life.

Creamy Butternut Squash with Sausage and Crispy Sage This Thanksgiving-worthy side dish uses butternut squash in a delicious combo with sausage and sage.

Butternut Squash Fries This fun way to cook squash was a success when served to my toddler!

Gluten Free Butternut Squash Pancakes The great thing about butternut squash is that it can go savory or sweet — like this sweet take on an old favorite.

How to serve more butternut squash
There are lots of tasty, lovely ways to prepare this vitamin-packed winter veggie.