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Butternut Squash Bisque with Almonds & Cilantro

Roasting the squash first deepens the bisque's flavor and is a step you don't want to skip. Look for pre-chopped butternut squash in the refrigerated area of the produce section, or in the freezer aisle. It will significantly simplify this recipe. If you're short on time, plan to prep the other ingredients while the squash roasts. We add almonds at the end for a toasty, textural contrast, while cilantro and cayenne give this butternut squash bisque a slightly exotic flair. This easy bisque recipe is naturally dairy-free and vegan (if you opt for vegetable stock), but you could certainly add a

Mashed Butternut Squash

For this mashed butternut squash recipe, we start by roasting the squash, which really intensifies its flavor and sweetness. That means you don't need to add much--just a few pinches of spices and a little butter and salt--to make the perfect healthy Thanksgiving side dish or partner for any other fall meal. If you want to dress it up more, add some honey and warm spices, like cinnamon, for a sweet profile; for a savory profile, add a teaspoon or two of rosemary, sage or thyme (or a combination) and sprinkle with Parmesan. Or go sweet and savory, with bacon fat (or bacon crumbles), maple syrup and additional cayenne. Using a food processor gives this mash a very smooth texture, but you could certainly mash it with a fork or potato masher for a more rustic texture.

Butternut Squash Risotto

This creamy butternut squash risotto with sage and thyme is a cozy fall dinner that's easy enough for a busy weeknight. The tender steamed squash gets added to the risotto at the last minute to retain just enough of its texture, while still breaking down slightly into the rice. To simplify the prep, buy precubed squash. It's often available in the produce department of large supermarkets. Serve with a simple green salad and a glass of white wine, if you'd like (after all, you'll need to open a bottle for the recipe).

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Making homemade butternut squash gnocchi is easier than you might think. The two keys to achieving the perfect soft texture are not overworking the dough and not adding too much flour. Don't let the loose sticky dough scare you. You want the dough to feel like it is almost too soft to pick up as a whole piece, and if it didn't have a coating of flour on it, it would stick to your hands. Keeping the work surface well floured helps to keep the gnocchi from sticking together and to your hands. After the gnocchi are prepared, all that's left to do is boil them briefly and then finish with a simple sauce--in this recipe, we sauté them with a mixture of butter, garlic and fresh rosemary, but feel free to swap the rosemary out for your favorite herb (sage is nice). A sprinkle of Pecorino Romano c

Roasted Butternut Squash & Root Vegetables with Cauliflower Gnocchi

Take cauliflower gnocchi to the next level with these hearty, plant-based meal-prep bowls. Here we double up our Roasted Butternut Squash & Root Vegetables recipe (see Associated Recipes) and combine it with white beans, pesto and store-bought cauliflower gnocchi to make a week of healthy meal-prep lunches. You'll have leftover roasted veggies, so plan to use them as easy side dishes for dinner throughout the week or incorporate them into another recipe, like Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup with Chicken or the Piled-High Greek Vegetable Pitas (see Associated Recipes).

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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Use your Instant Pot--or any other pressure cooker--to whip up this healthy butternut squash soup. Anjou pears add sweetness, while the soup gets creaminess and a wonderful flavor from light coconut milk, and a bright, fresh kick from ginger, cilantro and lime. Finishing the soup with whole-milk yogurt adds a nice richness, but you can skip it to keep the soup vegan. (Allow the soup to cool slightly before stirring in the yogurt so it doesn't curdle.) This soup would be equally delicious chilled.