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Roasted Butternut Squash

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Roasted butternut squash is a perfect side dish for pork and chicken recipes.

Butternut squash is perfect for making organic and homemade baby food! A perfectly simple side dish, squash has a naturally sweet flavor and is a favorite as an uncommon but delicious side.

easy roasted butternut squash recipe.

Why you will love making Butternut Squash.

Fall Friendly Flavors – Easy to make, this roasted butternut squash recipe can also be seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, or drizzled in maple syrup to make it an instant fall classic.

But do not be afraid to dig in at other parts of the year.

Roasted squash is just as good, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.

Organic Baby Food: Roasting butternut squash is a favorite among moms because it makes the perfect organic and homemade food for babies!

Of course, you will want to keep it savory (no brown sugar needed), but butternut squash puree is incredible for babies moving into solid or puree staged food. (typically six months of age and older)

Ingredients

  • butternut squash – Butternut squash is considered a winter squash like pumpkin. That said, it’s usually available year-round, although more plentiful in the fall or winter. 
  • olive oil
  • salt and black pepper 
winter squash on a cutting board.

How to Roast Butternut Squash in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise carefully.
  3. Use a spoon to scrape the seeds out of the squash and discard them.
  4. Drizzle the flesh side of the squash with olive oil and use a pastry brush to spread it evenly onto the squash. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place squash halves face down into a baking dish.
butternut squash in the oven.
  1. Pour water (about 2 cups) into the dish, so it’s at least 1″ deep.
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a fork pressed into the flesh goes in easily.
  3. Remove cooked squash from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop the squash from the shell. Discard the shell.
  5. Serve with butter, a pinch of salt, or any variety of seasonings listed below.
butternut squash for babies.

Expert Tips

Is butternut squash safe for babies?

Properly prepared and pureed, provided there are no doctor allergies, and the baby is approved to eat solids, baked butternut squash is a great option. 

Can squash be made ahead?

Yes, it can. Make sure the baked squash coming out of the oven is fully cool before storing in an airtight container or wrapping it in plastic wrap and placing halves in the fridge till use

Butternut Squash Seasonings

I think the flavor is one of those things that are super personal. As noted above, just like spaghetti squash, you can enjoy it in various flavors.

  • Sweet Flavors – Cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Savory Flavors – Sea salt, garlic, balsamic, kosher salt, Italian seasoning or lemon, and extra virgin olive oil.
squash puree in a bowl.

5 from 4 votes

Roasted Butternut Squash (Perfect for Babies too!)


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Easily roast butternut squash. A perfect side dish or often an ingredient in casseroles and side dishes, butternut squash is a tasty fall friendly side dish. And while this delicious veggie is great in the winter months, butternut squash is perfect for homemade organic baby food as well!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 butternut squash
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Use a sharp knife to carefully cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise.
  • Use a spoon to scrape the seeds out of the squash halves and discard.
  • Drizzle the flesh side of the squash with extra virgin olive oil and use a pastry brush to spread it evenly onto the squash.
  • Season butternut squash with salt and black pepper.
  • Place squash face down into a baking dish.
  • Pour water (about 2 cups) into the dish so it’s at least 1" deep.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a fork pressed into the flesh goes in easily.
  • Remove baked squash from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Use a spoon to scoop the squash flesh from the shell. Discard the shell.
  • Serve with butter.

Notes

Peeling Tip- 
When learning how to roast butternut squash, you do not have to worry about peeling it prior.
If you prefer to peel, cut your squash into halves, poke the sides in 3 places, and microwave for about 3 minutes. This will allow you to cut and peel it quite easily.
You can also use an old-fashioned sharp vegetable peeler, which works for almost all veggies.
Squash Seasoning Ideas
  • Sweet Flavors – Cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Savory Flavors – Sea salt and garlic, balsamic, kosher salt, Italian seasoning or lemon, and extra virgin olive oil.

Nutrition

Serving: 2people | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

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