Squash The Competition: Comparing Pumpkins and Butternut Squash

Winter squashes are one of the greatest pleasures of fall. Regardless of whether we’re baking them into pies or drinking them in lattes, we’re constantly finding new ways to serve up the glamorous gourds. However, in dishes that don’t call for butternut squash or pumpkin specifically, it can be difficult to choose between the two. Follow along as we discuss their different strengths and weaknesses so you can squash the competition.


The most well-known squash of them all is a godsend for chefs who hate wasting money and product. Pumpkins are typically cheaper per pound than butternut squash and have the added benefit of pumpkin seeds. It’s extremely easy to get multiple dishes out’ve one pumpkin, but its iconic flavor can easily overshadow other aspects of your dish.

  • Nutritional Highlights: Low in calories and high in potassium and fiber.
  • Favorite Varieties: Sugar Pumpkin, Ghost Rider, Cinderella
  • Pair With: Cinnamon, apples, citrus, sage
  • Best Served In: Baked goods, beverages

Butternut Squash

Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to butternut squash. While pumpkins are in their fair share of dishes, the subtle nuttiness and creamy texture of the squash can be spotlighted to your preferences. If you’re looking for a more mellow approach to fall flavors, consider using butternut squash.

  • Nutritional Highlights: Rich source of beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamin C
  • Favorite Varieties: Burpee’s Butterbush, Autumn Glow, Waltham
  • Pair With: Mushrooms, maple, rosemary, chicken
  • Best Served In: Soups, savory dishes