Simple and delicious, roasted butternut squash is a perfect side dish for pork and chicken. Gone are the “eat your vegetables’ statements you have to throw at your kids because this roasted squash is already gone!
Easy to make, this holiday friendly meal 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 really dig in in other parts of the year as well. In fact, here are 15 squash recipes that might whet your appetite and inspire you to cook!
Squash is just as good lightly seasoned with just salt and pepper.
Additionally, roasting butternut squash is a favorite amount moms because it makes the perfect organic and homemade baby food!
Looking for other great veggie options?
- Oven Roasted Carrots
- Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Pea Salad
- Butternut Squash Soup
Roast Butternut Squash
To roast your squash, you need the following:
- 1 butternut squash
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Sharp Knife/Baking Sheet
Optional, you can also make cinnamon roasted squash or add some honey before you eat- YUM.
How to Roast Butternut Squash
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 and discard.
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.
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 from oven and let set for 5 minutes.
Use a spoon to scoop the squash from the shell.
Discard the shell.
Serve with butter or any variety of seasonings listed below.
Seasonings for Butternut Squash
I think flavor is one of those things that is super personal. As noted above, just like spaghetti squash, you can enjoy it with a variety of flavors. I love the cinnamon and nutmeg right on mine, but if you prefer more of a savory taste, try sea salt and garlic, drizzle with balsamic, or even try lemon and olive oil.
Because there are so many options, this is one side dish that you can practically turn into a main dish with change of choices.
Peeling Tip for Butternut Squash
When you are learning how to roast butternut squash, you do not have to worry about peeling it prior. That being said, if you prefer to peel, simply cut your squash into halves, poke the sides in 3 places, microwave for about 3 minutes. This will allow you to cut and peel it quite easily.
Kids love getting involved too!
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