Butternut Squash Pie Recipe: The Best Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

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The secret for the best pumpkin pie from scratch? Leave out the pumpkin and use butternut squash instead. It’s closer to what’s used to make canned pumpkin and will give you a sweet and creamy pumpkin pie with full-on traditional flavor.

Butternut Squash Pie Recipe: the best 'Pumpkin Pie' you'll ever taste plus a little background on why the pumpkin pie you've enjoyed all your life doesn't have pumpkin in it either #lovelygreens #pumpkinpie #pumpkinrecipe #pie #pierecipe

I’m about to shatter your childhood illusions. You know those creamy pumpkin pies you celebrate each Thanksgiving with? Well, it turns out there’s no real “pumpkin” in them at all. If you were introduced to the pumpkin that is used to make pumpkin puree in a can you’d look at it and think it was some kind of squash. That is how I came up with this butternut squash pie recipe, and how I found out that when you’re making pumpkin pie from scratch, butternut squash is one of your best starting points.

You’ll find the full recipe below along with a video, and if you make it I guarantee you that not a single person at your holiday gathering will realize that it’s made with butternut. They’ll ooh and aww at your incredibly delicious pumpkin pie and say that it’s the best they’ve ever had. I even challenge you to serve it alongside a pumpkin-from-a-can pie, or a homemade sugar pumpkin pie, as a taste test. It could get things lively at the end of Thanksgiving dinner!

Butternut Squash Pie Recipe: the best 'Pumpkin Pie' you'll ever taste plus a little background on why the pumpkin pie you've enjoyed all your life doesn't have pumpkin in it either #lovelygreens #pumpkinpie #pumpkinrecipe #pie #pierecipe

Libby’s Pumpkin Puree isn’t what you think

Recently, I was researching the best pumpkin varieties for eating when I decided to look into the pumpkin used for Libby’s pumpkin purée. It has great flavor and is what most people use to make pumpkin pie. What variety is it that they use though? I was more than a little surprised to find out that most people would classify it as a squash.

The Dickinson Select squash has the same skin and flesh color as butternut, although the squash is much larger. It’s a trademarked variety so you can’t buy seeds to grow it yourself but there are similar varieties including this one. That got me thinking though — what would a pumpkin pie made with butternut squash taste like? It turns out that it tastes exactly like an incredibly delicious pumpkin pie.

When you make pumpkin pie from scratch, use a sugar pumpkin or a butternut squash

Use Butternut Squash to make Pumpkin Pie

If you want to make pumpkin pie from a can, it’s easy and traditional. Avoid the pumpkins sold at shops if you want to make pumpkin pie from scratch. Unfortunately, most of them have a bland taste or a texture that isn’t suited for pie filling. It’s not common knowledge that you need pumpkins (and squash!) with dense flesh to make a good pumpkin pie. Many varieties give you a watery puree that’s much better suited to making my pumpkin spice soap recipe than a thick and creamy pie filling.

You also need flesh that has an excellent and sweet flavor to make pumpkin pie from scratch. If you can find a sugar pumpkin at a farmers market, or miraculously at your supermarket, then use it to make pumpkin pie. If not, and all you can find are the tasteless Halloween pumpkins, pick up butternut squash. It’s sweet and flavorsome, makes excellent pie, and is readily available.

Butternut squash is better than pumpkin for making pumpkin pie
Butternut Squash Pie Recipe: the best 'Pumpkin Pie' you'll ever taste plus a little background on why the pumpkin pie you've enjoyed all your life doesn't have pumpkin in it either #lovelygreens #pumpkinpie #pumpkinrecipe #pie #pierecipe

Butternut Squash Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Lovely Greens
A twist on the classic pumpkin pie recipe, this uses butternut squash instead of pumpkin. When making a pumpkin pie from scratch, butternut squash tastes much better than most supermarket pumpkins. Makes one pie.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 237 kcal


One Crust Pastry Dough

  • 1 cups plain flour (130 grams)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (70 grams)
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp cold water

Pie Filling


Make the butternut purée

  • Cut the butternut squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and place the squash flesh side down on a baking tray. It helps to line the tray with baking paper. Roast at 375°F / 190°C / 170°C Fan assisted oven for an hour. Take out and allow to cool.
  • When room temperature, peel the skin off — a potato peeler works a treat. Next, blend the squash into a purée using a food processor or a stick (immersion) blender. You'll need about four cups of butternut squash purée for this recipe.

Make the Pie Crust

  • You can skip this step by purchasing a ready-made pie crust but it's worth the extra effort! Cut the butter into the flour and salt using two crisscrossing butter knives or a pastry cutter. The latter will save you hassle though. What you're aiming to do is mix the butter with the dry ingredients without melting it. It should have the texture of fine crumbs when you're finished.
  • When it's ready, begin adding the cold water. Stir it into the mix until the pastry dough starts sticking together and cleaning the side of the bowl.

Blind-bake the Pie Crust

  • Roll the dough into a ball and then out flat on a floured surface, roll it so that it fits your pie pan. It should be wide enough to over-hang the edges by an inch. To get it in the pan, I find rolling it up on the rolling pin and then unrolling it onto the pan works a treat. You can fold the edges up like mine if you wish or just trim and press the edges to the outer side of the pan.
  • To make sure that your crust is crispy, you'll need to 'blind-bake' it. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C / 165°C Fan-assisted oven. Line the pie crust with a sheet of foil or baking paper, then pour three or four cups of hard, uncooked beans* (or rice) in. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until the crust has firmed up.

Make the Pie Filling

  • In a bowl, beat the eggs with the spices, vanilla, and oil. Pour it into the pumpkin purée and stir well. Next, stir in the can of sweetened condensed milk and the cream. When it's blended, pour into the pre-baked pie crust.

Bake the Pie

  • Bake the pie at 350°F / 175°C / 165°C Fan-assisted oven for an hour or until the center is set. It may bubble or crack around the edges, but that adds to its charm. Cool it for at least 30 minutes before serving — you can serve it at room temperature or chilled. I like a nice dollop of cinnamon whipped cream served with mine.


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* I’ve used the same beans for blind baking for years. Allow them to cool and then store them in a tupperware until the next time you want to bake a pie.


Calories: 237kcal
Keyword Pie, pumpkin
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Butternut Squash Pie Recipe: the best 'Pumpkin Pie' you'll ever taste plus a little background on why the pumpkin pie you've enjoyed all your life doesn't have pumpkin in it either #lovelygreens #pumpkinpie #pumpkinrecipe #pie #pierecipe

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  1. I’m getting ready to make it. One question: does the whole pie bake at 350 same as the crust?

  2. I was happy to come across this recipe. There is so much pureed squash in my freezer that we are not using up very fast. What is the volume of squash this recipe is calling for? Squash can vary a lot in size. I have never taken the time to measure one …just trying to get them cooked and in the freezer.

    1. Very happy to share it :) You’ll need about four cups of squash puree for the recipe — see step 2

  3. Bobbie Hausherr says:

    I grew up in Boston. We always had Squash pie not pumpkin.
    The One pie squash purée was available so it was super easy.
    I live in FL now so no canned squash purée so I have to use fresh. It’s my favorite pie! ?