All hail the mighty butternut squash! Its creamy consistency; mellow, buttery flavor; and golden-orange hue make it an ideal addition to salads, soups, pasta, pizza, and more. Take a look at these 13 great recipes for squash-piration.

— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts

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Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash is at the core of most of these recipes and can also stand alone as a simple side. Before you begin, learn how to safely peel and break down the tough vegetable.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Butternut Squash Salad

Pumpkin seeds, radicchio, blue cheese, and apples lend their bold flavors to this Thanksgiving-ready salad.

Source: Kitchenette

Butternut Squash Risotto With Fried Sage

Though simple to make, butternut squash risotto with fried sage will blow away dinner-party guests.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy pureed butternut squash soup will serve you well at dinnertime and for brown-bag lunches in the months ahead. The leftovers will be just as good (if not better!).

Photo: Nicole Perry

Butternut Squash, Mushroom, and Fontina Nachos

Butternut squash, mushrooms, sage, and fontina might not be traditional nachos toppings, but that doesn't make the whole gooey lot any less delicious.

Source: How Sweet It Is

Caramelized Onion, Squash, and Ricotta Tartines

For an epic lunch, try these caramelized onion, squash, and ricotta tartines, which were inspired by one of ABC Kitchen's most iconic dishes.

Source: Top With Cinnamon

Spicy Thai-Style Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Ramen

Not one, but two Fall gourds bulk up this spicy Thai-style ramen recipe.

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Butternut Squash and Lentil Pilaf

Swap rice for nuggets of butternut squash and lentils for a new take on pilaf.

Source: Inspiralized

Miso-Curry Butternut Squash With Tofu and Kale

Enliven sweet-leaning squash, mild tofu, and bitter kale with a salty-savory miso-curry glaze.

Source: My Darling Lemon Thyme

Brie and Butternut Squash Pizza

Brie and arugula top this luxurious butternut squash pizza.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Black Rice and Butternut Squash Salad

Nutty black rice, a whole grain similar to brown rice, provides the backbone for this exotic butternut squash and coconut salad.

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce

Pasta dressed with creamy but mild alfredo sauce, or a plate brightened by butternut squash sauce, warming spices, and sage? The choice is obvious.

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Quesadillas

Butternut squash and black beans get along like best friends, and black beans are a common addition to quesadillas, so naturally butternut squash and black bean quesadillas are fabulous.

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