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How to roast a squash

Whole Butternut Squash

Pumpkins and other firm winter squash can seem a bit daunting the first time you set out to cook one at home. This is largely because they’re a bit foreign looking when compared to other fruits and veggies, with an intimidating outer peel. Fortunately, they can actually be very easy to cook and once you’ve done it once, you’ll find yourself doing it again to enjoy the sweet, tender flesh of the gourd as a side dish with dinner.

To begin, take your squash (acorn, butternut, etc.) and wash it well. Then, trim off the top and bottom stems. Slice the squash down the middle carefully, using a very sharp knife, then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp. There is no need to remove the skin because the flesh will be so tender after roasting that you can scrape it off of the skin with a spoon, but this is the time to peel it if you prefer to cut your squash into chunks before roasting.

Place the squash on a lightly oiled sheet of aluminum paper or directly on a lightly greased baking sheet and slide it into a 375F oven. Cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil to keep the flesh tender and roast for 60-80 minutes. The timing will depend on how thick your squash was to begin with, so check it and make sure that it is fork-tender before you take it out of the oven regardless of baking time.

At this point, I brush mine with a little butter and salt (or butter, salt and maple syrup if I want something sweet) and serve it as is. The squash can also be pureed into a mashed potato-like dish or used in baking at this point, as well.

Roasted Butternut Squash

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  • Karen
    November 24, 2009

    I just love roasted butternut squash.

  • Daydreams of Baking
    November 24, 2009

    I love using this method to prepare spaghetti squash. I roast the squash in the oven and the top it with a little butter and parmesan cheese. Yum!

  • Jennifer B
    November 25, 2009

    I’ve been eying the squash at the market everytime I go the last few weeks and I think your simple and tasty recipe has convinced me to try out roasting squash for the first time!

  • Home with Mandy
    November 25, 2009

    Looks Lovely!!!

  • server jobs providence
    November 25, 2009

    Good tip,I’ll probably try your method. Getting a hard time with pumpkins. I can’t get the perfect toast,if not over cooked it is under. Thanks a lot for this,hope it will work out fine for me.

  • Jenny
    December 7, 2009

    I used this method for roasting my acorn squash yesterday and it tasted great. I like the tip about topping the squash with some parmesan, maybe I’ll try that next.

  • Top Western Foods
    April 20, 2010

    Squash is a wonderful vegetable with many flavorful varieties. But if you’re tired of eating it raw with dip, or tossing it in linguine, then why not try roasting it! With just a few simple ingredients you can roast squash in no time.

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