Butternut squash is one of the most popular vegetables with home chefs for good reason. It’s incredibly delicious and versatile, forgiving in the kitchen and ridiculously simple to prepare. Its aromatic, nutty flavor requires just a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper and less than an hour in the oven to yield a perfect side dish that’s packed with flavor as well as heart-healthy nutrients. And if you have a bit more time, butternut squash goes beautifully in a variety of recipes, adding succulent flavor and texture to everything from soups to pastas and pizzas. Check out all of our EAT SMARTER! butternut squash recipes below.