The dense pale orange flesh of butternut squash has a pleasantly sweet taste like a mild pumpkin or sweet potato, and is often an excellent substitute for these vegetables in recipes. Try to choose a butternut that feels heavy for its size.
Roasting is perhaps the best way to cook butternut squash as it intensifies the flavour. Frying cubed butternut, then adding rice and water makes a simple but delicious pilaf. Butternut also goes well with pasta.