You'll be amazed at how comforting, healthful, and delicious butternut squash can be. Learn a few different ways to prepare and cook this beautiful vegetable. Look for a squash with a beige color and smooth skin. Butternut squash usually weighs around 2 to 5 pounds and taste similar to sweet potatoes. The more orange the flesh of the squash, the sweeter it tastes. Butternut squash can be great baked on its own, as base for a soup, or in a casserole.