It is easy to overlook butternut squash. An autumn and winter workhorse that may seem as common as carrots, butternut squash may not exactly inspire culinary fireworks when more exotic and colorful squash varieties — like kabocha, acorn, and delicata — beckon from the market. (Plus, let's face it. Butternut squash does sort of look like an unholy cross between a pumpkin and a femur.)

The prevalence of butternut squash during fall and winter may make it seem common, but the ubiquity of this autumn staple is for good reason: It is versatile, simple to prepare (promise!), and above all, delicious. With a sweet, nutty taste that can be applied to soups, salads, main courses, and baked goods, butternut squash deserves a special place in your cooking repertoire. Here are eight recipes to help you cozy up to this special squash.

Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples by Gena Hamshaw

Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto by melissav

Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Galette by lorinarlock

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry by Merrill Stubbs

Butternut Squash Salad by Amanda Hesser

Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash by Merrill Stubbs

Butternut Sage Scones by mrslarkin

Cappellacci di Zucca (Butternut Squash Cappellacci) by emiko

This article originally appeared on 8 recipes with butternut squash.

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