Whenever I tell my vegan story (which is really my learning how to cook story), I always mention the fact that I never even bought a butternut squash because it looked so intimidating. But I got over my fear and here is a quick tutorial on how to prep one.
Slice the butternut squash in half from top to bottom.
Scoop out the seeds and membranes.
Cut off the very top and very bottom. Remove the skin with a vegetable peeler.
Cut into small cubes and place in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until it is soft and easily pierced with a fork. Drain the water.
Use in cube form or use a potato masher to purée the squash.