I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, and also of this mashed butternut squash recipe that makes all my holiday dreams come true!
When it comes to low carb recipes, I don’t think we normally expect them to be so addictive, but I find butternut squash recipes come up as my top favorites again and again!
Maybe it’s because they’re so lush and creamy, or their gentle spices, or because they’re the perfect low carb side dishes. All I know is I’m in love with healthy recipes like this beautiful and colorful dish that highlights this seasonal, bright orange squash!
Let’s dive in!
This mashed butternut squash recipe is absolutely gorgeous on the table. But that’s not the only reason to love it:
- Three ingredients plus some spices!
- Versatile – make it savory, make it sweet! It’s a choose your own adventure recipe!
- A healthy, vitamin-packed side that’s perfect for your low carb holiday plans!
This recipe is easy peasy and totally heavenly! Here are a few tips to get this mashed butternut squash recipe on your table in no time flat!
Butternut squash – this fruit, (yeah, you heard me!), is filled with fiber, antioxidants and vitamins A and C.
Choose a solid-colored beige squash that feels heavy. This is one of my favorite foods because it’s so delicious and versatile! I love the sweet creamy texture in roasted butternut squash and the delicious char of grilled butternut squash. I honestly can’t get enough, and you’ll love it in this healthy side dish.
Cream cheese – This is a mild-flavored and soft cheese that is great smeared on bagels or for making dishes creamier and thicker. It’s high in fat which is what lends all that yummy goodness to this recipe, giving the puree a velvety texture.
Tools To Make
- Steamer basket – this is one handy little gadget, a flower-shaped grate that sits inside a large pot. It holds veggies and fruits up out of the water, allowing them to be heated by the steam and not directly by the water, saving a whopping 50% of the nutrients from being leached out.
- Immersion blender – Using a stick blender like this can save a lot of time and give you a more customized consistency, plus it’s so easy to store! You can also use a potato masher if you want to go low-tech.
This cream-heavy mashed butternut squash recipe should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for ultimate freshness. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave for a tasty, vitamin-packed side!
Can You Freeze This?
Yup! This smooth mashed butternut squash recipe does amazing in the freezer. Simply put it in an airtight container or freezer bag and store ’til you’re ready!
Thaw in the fridge, then reheat in the microwave, oven or stove.
This mashed butternut squash recipe is a perfect complement to any holiday meal. Or make it as a side for any dinner to add some beautiful color and amazing flavors!
Speaking of sides, you might also like butternut squash rice or butternut squash noodles! Both are tasty ways to enjoy this seasonal fruit.
Make this recipe your very own, this versatile fruit can take it! Here are a few tips to help you make a dish you love!
What Other Veggies Can I Use?
Want to add some other veggies to your mash? Try some other pureed squashes, like zucchini or summer squash. You can also add in cauliflower, for the oh-so-popular mashed cauliflower.
Psst – want some other healthy side dishes? Try these melt-in-your-mouth smashed brussel sprouts.
Can I Turn This Into Soup?
You’re on to something here – these ingredients are definitely the makings of a lush and flavorful soup!
Check out this butternut squash soup which adds broth and a few other ingredients to thin it to just the right consistency. You can also spice it up a bit with this curried butternut squash soup.
What Kind Of Herbs + Spices Can I Add?
Mashed butternut squash is the perfect base for ALL kinds of seasonings. Make it savory with garlic, rosemary or even try butternut squash curry. You could also make it sweet with cinnamon and nutmeg – perfect as a holiday side!
Can I Make This EVEN Creamier?
If after you add the cream cheese you want it a bit smoother, you can always add in some heavy cream to really up the velvety texture. For a dairy-free version, try some creamy coconut milk!
Mashed Butternut Squash
- 3 Pounds Butternut Squash this is roughly the weight of an average sized butternut squash. If using whole.
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/4 Cup Cream Cheese
Mix-Ins (For Savory):
- 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Sage, Thyme and/or Rosemary minced
- Steam butternut squash. I do this in a large pot with 1" of water and a steamer basket (squash goes in the basket). Then cover with a lid and steam until fork tender (about 13-15 minutes). Alternatively, you can do this in the microwave or without the steamer basket in a heavy bottom pot.
- Remove steamer basket and water from the pot.
- Melt butter in pot over medium-high heat.
- FOR SAVORY: Add garlic and herbs to melted butter. Saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and add butternut squash and salt.
- FOR SWEET: Add brown sugar (or erythritol), cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Mash using a potato masher, an immersion blender, or place ingredients in a high speed blender*.
- Taste seasoning and adjust to your taste (I always add 1 more teaspoon of salt for savory). Enjoy!
Your low carb thanksgiving just got a bit more colorful thanks to this amazing mashed butternut squash recipe! Need to pack some more dishes on your table? Check out these tasty and beautiful sides!
- Cauliflower Stuffing
- Stuffed Chicken Breast With Stuffing
- Low Carb Apple Pie
- Low Carb Potatoes
- Low Carb Gravy
I know this mashed butternut squash recipe is going to be a new autumn favorite. Did you make it savory or sweet? Comment below and let me know!