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Butternut Squash Queso

Prepared by: Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
October 1, 2017


Butternut Squash QuesoYield: 10 servings
(1/4 cup per serving)



  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1½ cups butternut squash puree
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce (or 1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce)
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat four-cheese Mexican-blend cheese, divided



  1. Heat oil in a medium oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add red onion; cook until softened. Add flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add chicken stock, squash, chipotle hot sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; add ¼ cup mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup Mexican-blend cheese; cook 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring until cheese melts.
  2. Preheat oven broiler to high. Sprinkle remaining cheeses over top. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
  3. Top with radishes, cilantro, green onions and jalapeño, if desired. Serve with baked chips and veggie sticks.


NOTE: For squash puree, roast a halved, seeded butternut squash at 350° for 45 minutes or until soft. Scoop 10 ounces of flesh and use for puree. Frozen butternut squash can also be pureed.


Nutrition information per serving

Calories: 119

Total Fat: 4.3g (2.2g saturated fat)

Protein: 6g

Carbohydrates: 16g

Fiber: 2g

Cholesterol: 8mg

Sodium: 207mg


Recipe source: Adapted from Cooking Light


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