Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash

January 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

One of fall and winter’s most popular harvest is the butternut squash!

Hard winter squash, like the butternut, are very high in vitamin A (like the carrot!), and vitamin C. (Source)

Butternut squash is an excellent addition to soups, pasta dishes, salads, and chili dishes. To some, preparing a hard winter squash may seem intimidating, but it’s really a cinch. Here is how you can prepare your butternut squash, and roast it like a champ!

Roasted Butternut Squash


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. Pre-heat an oven to 400*F, and line a cookie sheet or casserole dish with foil.
  2. Cut the ends off of both sides of the squash (about 1/4″)
  3. Cut the squash in half, lengthwise. Normally at this point, you would find seeds in the little pocket at the bottom half of the squash.This one did not have any seeds for some reason. Not a problem!
  4. Next, turn both halves face down on cutting board so that you can have more control as you peel the tough flesh off. It is safer to peel as much as you can with the squash laying flat and face down, to prevent an injury. Nicking your hand with the peeler doesn’t feel very well.
  5. Once you have finished peeling both halves, you are ready to cube the squash. Cubing is a great method to use when roasting any hard vegetable (squash, carrot, potato) because it helps it cook faster.Quarter each squash half, and dice the squash so that you have cut pieces no bigger than the size of your thumb.
  6. After cubing all of your squash place in your foiled cookie sheet/casserole dish. Lightly drizzle or lightly spray your squash with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Place the squash in the oven set at 400*F in the middle rack for 30-40 minutes or until lightly golden and fork tender.

If not using in a recipe immediately, the roasted squash can be stored in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week.

Enjoy 🙂


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