Have you ever had butternut squash? If not, you’re in for a nutritious and delicious treat your whole family is going to love. This roasted butternut squash recipe combines savory fresh herbs and a little maple syrup sweetness to bring out the naturally nutty flavors of this veggie. Serve it up for dinner tonight!
Best Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
Butternut squash has an amazing flavor all on its own. Roasting butternut squash with a few added seasonings makes for a simple and satisfying side with your dinner. My children always ask for this baked squash recipe and I practically have to fight them and my husband to get a bite of this baked butternut squash!
Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
This easy butternut squash recipe couldn’t be more simple though do allow time for cutting up your butternut squash. Then it bakes in the oven for a while, freeing you up to get the rest of your meal ready. Making this oven roasted butternut squash recipe is a favorite of the the whole family!
Roasted Butternut Squash Ingredients
- Butternut squash – Choose a large one that weighs about 3lbs and cut it into 1-inch cubes.
- Fresh herbs – You’ll want to chop up fresh rosemary and sage.
- Extra virgin olive oil – Helps with the roasting.
- Maple syrup – Adds a hint of sweetness to your baked butternut squash.
- Cinnamon – Contrasts beautifully with the savory herbs and a perfect seasoning for butternut squash.
- Salt and pepper – Helps bring out all the flavors together.
How do you Make Roasted Butternut Squash from Scratch?
When making oven roasted butternut squash, start by preheating your oven to 375F. While your oven heats up, you’ll prepare your baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Then you’ll toss the cubes of butternut squash with olive oil and all the other ingredients, coating well. Place the butternut squash in even layers on the baking sheets and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Toss halfway so they roast evenly. They will be fork tender when ready, and you can sprinkle with a little more seasoning to taste if you desire before you serve your roasted squash.
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Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Baked Butternut Squash Every Time
- Don’t have maple syrup? Use honey. It will work just as well with this roasted squash recipe.
- If you can’t find rosemary or sage fresh, you can use them from your spice rack. Your baked squash recipe will still taste good though fresh is best.
- Make sure you toss halfway through roasting. This will ensure you get an even roasting on all pieces.
- Use 2 baking sheets. If you overcrowd the baking sheets, the butternut squash cubes won’t roast up right.
How to prepare butternut squash?
Preparing butternut squash for cooking is easy. Simply rinse the exterior (or peel it if you prefer), then cut it up. You’ll want to throw out the messy seeds in the middle. From there, you can take your cubes and coat with olive oil and seasonings before roasting in the oven.
Do I need to peel butternut squash before roasting?
No, when you roast butternut squash, the skin is edible so go for it. Of course, if you’d rather peel it there’s no harm in that. If you’re not peeling it though, make sure you wash it well.
How to cut butternut squash?
Using a sharp knife, cut the top and bottom ends off the squash and throw them out. Then cut it in half horizontally. From there, you can scoop away the seeds from within and discard. Now you will be able to cut it into cubes.
Is it better to boil or roast butternut squash?
Either method is fine as far as taste goes. Boiling will be quicker, though roasting adds an extra layer of flavor. And since you don’t have to do anything except pop it in the oven, that extra time might not matter.
How to Cook Butternut Squash in the oven?
When cooking butternut squash in the oven, you’ll want to use 2 baking sheets so there’s enough room to roast each piece. Coating oven roasted squash with olive oil and seasonings will bring out the flavors and help it roast well.
How do you soften butternut squash in the oven?
Roasting butternut squash at 375F for 25 to 30 minutes should soften up your butternut squash plenty, just in time for dinner!
How long does it take to soften butternut squash?
In the oven, it will take 25 to 30 minutes though on the stovetop, it will take about 6 minutes.
How Long do you bake Roasted Butternut Squash?
At 375F, you’ll bake the roasted butternut squash for 25 to 30 minutes. It should be fork-tender by then but if not, give it another 10 minutes.
How do you cook butternut squash in the oven?
You coat it with olive oil and seasonings and place on baking trays to roast. This will take 25 to 30 minutes to render the texture just right.
How long does it take for butternut squash to soften in the oven?
At 375F, it should take 25 to 30 minutes for it to roast and soften to the right texture.
What flavors go well with butternut squash?
In this recipe, we have sage and rosemary along with cinnamon and maple syrup. This gives a lovely contrast between sweet and savory flavors that work with butternut squash’s naturally nutty taste.
What goes well with roasted butternut squash?
I’ve served this roasted butternut squash with many different things – pork chops, roasted chicken, pork tenderloin, creamy mushroom chicken and wild rice, and more. Round it out with a fresh salad or creamy soup if you desire.
How to Store Roasted Butternut Squash?
Once it has cooled, that roasted butternut squash must go in your fridge. Cover it well in an airtight container.
How Long Does Roasted Butternut Squash Last?
While in your fridge, you can enjoy your bounty of roasted butternut squash for up to 5 days.
Can You Freeze Roasted Butternut Squash?
Yes, go ahead and freeze your roasted butternut squash if you can’t eat it all in time. It will keep for 3 months this way, making for an easy meal prep side to get on the table on a hectic night.
How to Reheat Roasted Butternut Squash?
You can warm it in a skillet until it’s heated through or pop it in the oven at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes until it’s ready.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
- 1 large butternut squash (about 3 lbs) (diced into 1 inch cubes)
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
- 1/2 tbsp fresh sage (chopped)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 375F and prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the butternut squash cubes with the olive oil and remaining ingredients. Make sure everything is evenly coated. Spread the cubes in an even, single layer on your prepared baking sheets.
- Place in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway to ensure even roasting. Continue baking until the squash is fork tender. This make take an additional 10 minutes depending on your oven. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with a little more rosemary, sage, and kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately.
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