Butternut Squash Puree- Pumpkin Puree Substitute
Kitchen Basics

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree

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We’re going to have words. I can just see it now. You’ll say something like, “Pumpkin doesn’t taste like tin! It’s sweet and orange and delicious.” I’ll nod politely and wait for you to finish. “Are you sure?” I’ll ask. You’ll say yes, but the conviction will be gone, shaken by the steel in my stare.

“Now let me show you a better way.”

Butternut Squash Puree- Pumpkin Puree Substitute


Are you ready for super complicated? Brace yourself.


  • Butternut Squash

Feeling strong? Don’t microwave your butternut squash before you drive a knife through its core.

Don’t have triceps of steel? Stab your butternut squash a few times with a fork, then throw it in the microwave for 3-5 minutes on high.

Top Tip: use a fork you won’t cry about if it gets bent.

After the microwave cut it in two equal halves. The video has tips!  

Once cut. Place facedown on a baking sheet (I use parchment paper as it makes cleanup that much easier).

Bake until soft. You can poke it with a fork after your timer goes off just to check.



Can you freeze butternut squash puree?

Absolutely! I suggest freezing it in 1-2 cup portions in a Ziplock.


“Pumpkin” Roll

Pumpkin Spice Latte – just substitute the pumpkin puree 1-to-1

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Butternut Squash Puree- Pumpkin Puree Substitute

Butternut Squash Puree

  • Author: Ben
  • Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
  • Yield: 13 cups 1x


Butternut squash puree has a rich caramel flavor and is perfect for sides, desserts, and is a killer substitute for pumpkin puree.


  • 1 Butternut Squash


  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F
  2. Microwave the butternut squash on high for 3-5 minutes (this just softens it a bit so you can cut it more easily)
  3. Cut the butternut squash in half vertically
  4. Place face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Bake for 40-minutes to an hour, or until soft when prodded with a fork
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes
  7. Scrape the squash into a food processor and pulse on high for about 5 minutes until it is smooth
  8. Enjoy!



You can use this butternut squash puree in any recipe that calls for pumpkin puree… don’t tell anyone, but it has WAY more flavor!

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Kitchen Basics
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: butternut squash, puree, fall, pumpkin roll

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