This incredible Roasted Butternut Squash is tender and packed with flavor and it comes out perfectly every time! Use it in soups, chilis, on salads, and more, or serve it as a healthy side dish!
I am a huge fan of butternut squash and I have already made butternut squash soup a few times this fall. When squash is in the season it is just so inexpensive and packed with flavor, that it is hard to pass it up at the grocery store. Once you roast it, it just becomes so buttery and flavorful, it’s AMAZING!
Although, I know a lot of people that are intimidated by peeling and cutting it. But it is actually very easy to work with. The steps for roasted butternut squash are pretty straightforward: peel, cut, season, and roast. So simple and so worth the minimal effort in my book!
Once you do it a few times and get the hang of it then it is something you can have on hand all the time!
Plus you prep and store it in advance then use it when you are ready.
Why you’ll love this butternut squash recipe
- It is the most delicious roasted squash ever!
- Super easy to do once you get the hang of it.
- Simply seasoned but packed with incredible flavor!
- It makes a wonderful healthy side dish that goes with so many things.
- Great for meal prepping.
Ingredients you will need
- Butternut squash – one whole butternut squash that is about 2.5-3 pounds.
- Oil – avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil.
- Salt and pepper – kosher salt and ground black pepper.
How to roast butternut squash
First, you need to peel the squash. Cut the ends off of the squash about ½ inch from the stem. Then cut it in half where the base meets the neck of the squash. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off of the neck of the squash until you reach the dark orange flesh.
Next, you need to cut the squash. First cut the neck of the squash in half vertically then cut it into planks, then into 1-inch cubes. Then cut the base of the squash in half, remove the seeds, and cut it into half-moon shapes then into 1-inch cubes.
Finally, you need to season and roast the squash.
- Season the squash. Spread the cubes of squash onto a lined baking sheet, drizzle it with oil then season it with some salt and pepper and toss.
- Roast. Cook the cubed squash in the oven at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until tender and slightly golden around the edges.
- Use a nice ripe butternut squash that is dark and beige in color, with little to no blemishes and no soft spots. Select a squash that is heavy for its size as well. This means it is ripe. A ripe squash is also easier to cut.
- Cut the squash into even size pieces for even cooking.
- Season it well with oil salt and pepper.
- Cook the squash until it is tender and slightly golden.
What to do with roasted butternut squash
Flavorful roasted butternut squash makes an amazing healthy side dish you can add to any meal. But there are also some other delicious ways to use it.
- Add it as a topping to salads like in this Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash Salad.
- Use it in buddha bowls.
- Blend it into a butternut squash soup.
- Use it as a topping on pizza!
- Use it to make mashed butternut squash!
- Stir it into soups and chilis.
What to serve with roasted butternut squash
- Try it mixed with some roasted beets, a perfect compliment to this recipe.
- Enjoy this squash as a healthy side dish with some Crispy Breaded Chicken Breast or Healthy Turkey Meatballs.
- Serve it with this lentil soup for a hearty meatless dinner!
Frequently Asked Questions
Ripe squash will be dark beige in color, with little to no blemishes or dark spots, with the stem intact. You also want to select a squash that feels heavy for its size, which means it will have more flavor.
Uncooked, whole butternut squash can be stored in a cool dry place for up to 2 months. Roasted butternut squash can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Butternut squash has a delicate, nutty, sweet flavor. When roasted It becomes very soft, light, and tender. It is sweeter than other winter squash. Many people feel it has almost a butterscotch flavor to it and it lends well to herby seasonings like rosemary and oregano.
More delicious butternut squash recipes
- Easy Air Fryer Butternut Squash
- Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Butternut Squash Lasagna
- Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- Butternut Squash Noodles
Other roasted veggie recipes
- Oven Roasted Potatoes and carrots
- Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus
- Lemon Parmesan Asparagus
- Oven Roasted Broccoli
Did you try this Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe? If you did then please leave a rating and comment below. I would love to hear how it turned out!
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