Smoked Butternut Squash White Bean Dip

By Alexandra Caspero on December 1, 2016

Smoked Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip. Perfect as a dip, tossed with hot pasta or smeared on sandwiches. Vegan & Gluten-free. 

I’m so excited to share today’s recipe with you; a smoky butternut squash bean dip from my friend Katie’s new cookbook, Whole Cooking and Nutrition. After going through the cookbook process myself last year, I know what an exciting, yet arduous task it can be. Therefore, I always jump at the chance to feature and highlight someone else’s work, especially a colleague I admire so much. It’s tough putting yourself out there, a proverbial baby of work that’s usually years in the making suddenly thrusted into the spotlight.

Well, bravo, Katie, this cookbook is gorgeous, informative and inspiring. The trifecta of cookbook writing.

Smoked Butternut Squash And White Bean Dip. Perfect As A Dip Or On Sandwiches. Vegan &Amp; Gluten-Free. |

What I love most about Katie’s book is that she approaches nutrition like I do. Enough of the dieting and deprivation! She encourages you to embrace the joy of eating well with an intention that healthy foods are nourishing, sustaining and delicious.

Yes, yes, yes. Let’s shout this from the rooftops. Whole Cooking and Nutrition shifts the conversation away from dieting to one of positive messages and gratifying intentions. The result is beautiful cookbook packed with information to help readers improve their relationship with food.

Smoked Butternut Squash And White Bean Dip. Perfect As A Dip Or On Sandwiches. Vegan &Amp; Gluten-Free. |

I read cookbooks like textbooks; highlighter in hand and enough sticky tabs to cover a semester’s worth of material. I make note of interesting techniques, combinations and recipes I can’t wait to test out. This butternut squash dip immediately jumped out at me as a must-try dish. Super creamy, slightly smoky and packed with fiber and plant-powered protein. It’s fantastic as a dip, or spread on sandwiches anywhere you love hummus.

To make things easier, I rely on the pre-cut cubes of butternut squash at the grocery store. Even though it’s double the price, it’s just so convenient. I tend to buy a few bags a week to keep on hand for easy recipes like this one.

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Smoked Butternut Squash Dip

Smoked Butternut Squash White Bean Dip

  • Yield: 48 tablespoons 1x
  • Category: Appetize


Rich and creamy, slightly sweet, earthy, and savory, this dip meets all of the hors d’oeuvre requirements. Serve it up with whole-wheat pita chips, bell peppers, cucumbers, or celery. Recipe reprinted with permission from Whole Cooking and Nutrition by Katie Cavuto, RD. 

  • Yield: 48 tablespoons 1x
  • Category: Appetize
  • Yield: 48 tablespoons 1x
  • Category: Appetize


  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon everyday herb oil (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a medium bowl, toss butternut squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, herb oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange squash on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Remove baking sheet from oven and let the squash cool for about 5 minutes. 
  4. In a food processor or blender, combine roasted squash, beans, tahini, orange zest, lemon juice, and garlic and puree until smooth. 
  5. Serve or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


If you don’t have the herb oil on hand, substitute 1 teaspoon of ground oregano or 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh oregano instead. 

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Chef, and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
      December 6, 2016 AT 8:32 am

      Oh my goodness, this flavors in this!! Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe and details about Katie. I checked out her site and love what I see!! So inspiring 🙂 And I’m like you with cook books…sticky notes, book marks, note pads…all the things!

    2. Sara Haas RDN, LDN
      December 5, 2016 AT 1:42 pm

      Yay! Great review of a great book! Lovely pictures here Alex, as always! 🙂

    3. Rebecca @ Strength & Sunshine
      December 2, 2016 AT 4:56 am

      In love with the smokiness!