Butternut Squash Puree with Honey and Smoked Paprika

Creamy butternut squash is roasted and pureed with honey, chipotle and smoked paprika to create this easy, healthy and delicious side dish.
Butternut Squash Puree with Smoked Paprika - The Lemon BowlHave you started menu planning for the holidays? Don’t worry, me neither. Oh wait, you have? Shoot.

Well, I don’t blame you..between Thanksgiving, Thanksgivukkah, Hanukkah and Christmas, my family does not miss a holiday! Add a new baby into the mix and this season is surely going to be one to remember. Fortunately, I do not have any hosting duties but I almost always bring a dish or three to pass. 

Butternut Squash Puree - The Lemon BowlButternut Squash Puree with Honey and Smoked Paprika couldn’t be easier to make and is full of sweet, smoky and slightly-spicy flavors. To save time on the day of the big event, make this dish ahead and simply reheat before guests arrive. If you want, feel free to swap out butternut squash for sweet potatoes or pumpkin. You’re also welcome to dial up or down the spice level by changing the amount of chipotle peppers or adding more honey. Make it your own and enjoy every bite.

thanksgivukkah event - the lemon bowlWith Hanukkah falling over Thanksgiving this year, my friend Stefani thought it would be fun to get a bunch of bloggers together and share our favorite Thanksgivukkah-appropriate recipes for you to make for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Of course, these dishes taste great any day of the year so I encourage you to try all of them!

Thanksgivukkah Tzimmes (Tsimis) Pie from Parade Magazine

Potato Latkes Topped with Turkey and Cranberry Chutney from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze from What Jew Wanna Eat

Candied Sweet Potato Latkes from Everyday Maven

Butternut Squash Puree with Honey and Smoked Paprika from The Lemon Bowl

Sweet Potato Noodle Kugel from Rhubarb and Honey

Pumpkin-glazed Cronuts from MotherWouldKnow

Flamingo’s Mulled Wine Cocktail – Hot & Cold from Flamingo Musings

Thanksgivukkah Decorating from Sucre Shop

Onion Bagel and Bacon Stuffing from Very Culinary

Sweet Potato Pie Doughnut Holes from Cooking for Luv

Challah Cranberry Doughnuts from Food is my Love Language

Challah Stuffing with Turkey Sausage, Leeks and Cherries from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Pumpkin Cranberry Maple Kugel from Farm Fresh Feasts

Pumpkin Challah from Labna.it

Thanksgivukah Pumpkin Tsimmes from {fork & swoon}

Turkey and Sweet Potato Latkes from FoodieTots

Homemade Manischewitz-flavored Marshmallows from Cupcake Project

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Butternut Squash Puree with Honey and Smoked Paprika
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Creamy butternut squash is roasted and pureed with honey, chipotle and smoked paprika to create this easy, healthy and delicious side dish.
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
  • 1 medium butternut squash - peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth - low sodium
  • ½ cup plain yogurt - low fat
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with foil.
  2. Place butternut squash cubes, olive oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and toss well to evenly coat the squash.
  3. Scatter squash cubes evenly on baking sheet and roast until fork tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Add roasted squash, chicken broth, yogurt, butter, honey and chipotle peppers to a large food processor and puree until smooth. Alternatively, you can puree in a large pan using an immersion blender.
  5. Serve warm and season with additional salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 cups Calories: 208 Fat: 9.4 g Saturated fat: 4.2 g Unsaturated fat: 5.2 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 29.6 g Sugar: 18.3 g Sodium: 516 mg Fiber: 3.2 g Protein: 3.9 g Cholesterol: 16 mg




  1. says

    This looks wonderful! If you’re lazy and have time (I’m definitely lazy, and sometimes I have time) I bet you could just cut the butternut in half, scoop out the seeds, and roast the halves (cut side down) on a baking sheet. Skip the peeling and cubing, and just scoop the roasted flesh into the food processor. But the seasonings . . . I guess my laziness won’t work with that. I’ll find another recipe to avoid peeling and cubing a squash 😉 and keep yours as it is.

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Yes I have done it that way but I find that when you cut it in cubes it allows more surface area to caramelize. Plus I secretly like cubing it – is that weird? :)

  2. says

    We embrace all the holidays too, Liz. What are you kidding…and pass up a chance to gather and eat? Paleeze. 😉 Love everything about this soup! That adobo should kick start that baby, right??

  3. says

    Well, if someone is looking for the lazy way out I have a plan. Costco carries cubed butternut squash and for me, that is one convenience I love. Great flavor combination in this dish Liz; I love the addition of some heat!

    My Thanksgiving will be with my daughters at my older girl’s condo. I am homeless (dramatic huh?) until December 17th when I close on my new home. She is very likely taking a job in North Carolina so we’ve decided it all fits for her to host for the first time as it might be the last time she lives here for the holiday. She has a small place with a galley kitchen and it forces us to keep it simple and I’m OK with that!

    What a wealth of great dishes…this is not making that ‘keep it simple’ plan easy!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I love the idea of keeping it simple!! It will probably be your most memorable holiday yet. Have a wonderful time and good luck with your move Barb!!

  4. says

    I love the combination of smoky and sweet — and I don’t mind cubing squash one bit. This looks delicious and there’s a good chance it will end up on my Thanksgivukkah table!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Jennie I am drooling over your recipe as well – all of my favorite vegetables and flavors!! Thank you so much!! :)

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      LOL me too!! I’m sort of lucky with the baby coming that I get out of too much this year – I have a tendency to want to make every thing lol.

  5. says

    Liz, nice the share the holiday with you via this virtual potluck. I’ll echo all the others and say I love the addition of the smoked paprika!


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