How to Peel and Spiralize Butternut Squash

Having trouble peeling your butternut squash? Tired of cutting your fingers? Not sure what spiralizer to buy? Making butternut squash noodles is super easy when you have the right tools and the right know how.

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What kind of tools or equipment do I need to spiralize?

I recommend two spiralizing products:

1. Paderno Spiralizer

Butternut squash on a white cutting board with a Paderno spiralizer from Gourmet Done Skinny

This Paderno Spiralizer was my very first spiralizer. It has a great price point. I’ve used mine for years.

Spiralized butternut squash noodles on a white board with Paderno spiralizer in background from Gourmet Done Skinny

It has different attachments you can swap out. It’s a great spiralizer especially for the price. My only complaint is that it sometimes slips and moves around on the counter and occasionally the squash gets stripped and then won’t spiralize.

2. Magimix Food Processor with Spiral Expert Food Processor Attachment – My favorite recommendation by far!

Yes it’s expensive, but if you are in the market for a new food processor anyway, this is the one to get and make sure you get the spiralizer attachment. Here’s why:

Magimix food processor with spiralizer blades in front on a wooden board by Gourmet Done Skinny

It also cuts squash, zucchini, etc. into different shapes. But it’s way easier than trying to hand crank the traditional spiralizer.

Magimix spiralizer blades on a wooden board by Gourmet Done Skinny

There’s a spaghetti blade, fusilli blade and my favorite -tagliatelle blade!

Spiralized butternut squash in a Magimix Food Processor with Spiralizer Attachment from Gourmet Done Skinny

After you peel the butternut squash (see directions below), you slice the squash into long segments, then push them through the Magimix Food Processor. There’s no waste, it all gets spiralized.

Magimix food processor with spiralized butternut squash in the work bowl on a wooden board by Gourmet Done Skinny

Look how easy that was! And it’s quick! You don’t have to worry about the squash getting “stripped!”

Spiralized butternut squash in a Polish potter casserole dish from Gourmet Done Skinny

Perfect butternut squash noodles in no time!

Spiralized butternut squash in a Polish potter casserole dish from Gourmet Done Skinny

Last but not least – the close up!

So now that I have the right tools, how do I peel and spiralize butternut squash?

Here’s a quick and super easy way to peel the butternut squash.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

  1. Trim the squash.

    First start by trimming off the top of the squash with a knife. Next cut off the bulb part of the squash. The bottom part of the butternut squash doesn’t spiralize easy so save that part for another recipe. You also don’t want the seeds and pulp.Butternut squash on a white cutting board with top and bottom cut off from Gourmet Done Skinny

  2. Place the butternut squash in a microwavable dish and microwave for about 2 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes.

    Then peel with a Y peeler. So easy, now that it’s been microwaved.Butternut squash on a white cutting board partially peeled from Gourmet Done Skinny

  3. Cut if needed to fit spiralizer. With the Paderno it’s good to cut it in half.

    Butternut squash on a white cutting board with a Paderno spiralizer from Gourmet Done Skinny

  4. With the Magimix, cut into sections that fit into the food processor.

    Spiralized butternut squash in a Magimix Food Processor with Spiralizer Attachment from Gourmet Done Skinny

That’s it! You can spiralize pretty much everything! From butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini, even broccoli stalks (those turn out as short pieces not the long curly ones). So if you don’t have a spiralizer yet, get the Paderno Spiralizer or the Magimix Spiralizer Attachment.

One last note: I didn’t really mention the Kitchenaid Spiralizer attachment. While I love many Kitchenaid products, the spiralizer attachment to the stand mixer is not one of them. I find the vegetables get stripped too much and I end up with just a mess. Just thought I should mention it.

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