Roasted Butternut Squash

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Irresistibly buttery and sweet, this roasted butternut squash with cinnamon feeds a crowd, which makes it perfect addition to your holiday menu!

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Irresistibly buttery and sweet, this roasted butternut squash with cinnamon feeds a crowd, which makes it perfect addition to your holiday menu!

I love fall for its refreshing cool breeze replacing hot summer days, colorful turning leaves, abundance of winter squashes, pumpkin pie lattes… Or at least that’s what I look forward to in the fall. Summer is still my favorite season…

Anyway, as you may have noticed, I’ve been digging through my recipe archive and updating my favorite ones with new photos. There’re so many delicious recipes deep in the archives that need better photos and get attention they deserve.

And I came across this gem. Caramelized butternut squash- sweet, buttery and irresistibly nutty!

I mean, this roasted butternut squash with cinnamon and all spice is addicting!

Butter and sugar caramelizes and coats the squash, toasted nuts add delicious texture contrast, and warm spices add fantastic aroma!

And the best part: it’s super simple to make!

I know what you’re thinking though. It’s a pain to peel the darn thing! But let me show you easier way to prepare a whole butternut squash. It does take a little elbow grease, but it’s so worth it! Or you can always buy pre-cut butternut squash. 🙂

In the video above (if you missed it, scroll up and watch it now, it’s short and sweet), you saw how simple it is to prepare the most addicting roasted butternut squash.

This recipe makes a big batch, which is perfect when holiday season rolls around.

Make-ahead tip:
  1. You can prepare the squash a few days in advance and refrigerate in airtight container until ready to use.
  2. You can make the recipe a day in advance and reheat it before serving. Cook the squash slightly al dante the first day, so it’ll still have nice texture after reheating. More specific directions are in the recipe card.

Irresistibly buttery and sweet, this roasted butternut squash with cinnamon feeds a crowd, which makes it perfect addition to your holiday menu!

Hope you enjoy this fabulous side dish this season. As always, let me know if you make the recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

5 from 3 votes

Roasted Butternut Squash

Irresistibly buttery and sweet, this roasted butternut squash with cinnamon feeds a crowd, which makes it perfect addition to your holiday menu!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup 50gr light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon all spice*
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 medium about 3lbs butternut squash, cubed (or 10 cups of cubed butternut squash)
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans coarsely chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice, salt and melted butter until smooth.
  • To prepare a whole squash, cut both ends of the squash. Cut it in half above the round part of the squash, and peel the skin using vegetable peeler. Now cut each half vertically and remove seeds. Then cut into 1-inch cubes. Transfer the cubed squash onto a large baking sheet.
  • Pour the brown sugar mixture over the squashes. Mix everything together so that all the squashes are evenly coated and spread it in one layer.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until fork tender, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Add nuts at the last 10 minutes.

Tips & Notes

*Substitute ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg with a pinch of ground clove for all-spice.
Make-ahead Tips:
  1. You can peel and cube the squash a few days in advance and refrigerate in airtight container until ready to use.
  2. You can also make the entire recipe a day in advance and reheat it before serving. Cook the squash slightly al dante the first day, about 20 minutes. Then when ready to serve, add nuts and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 101mg, Potassium: 85mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 244IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

This post was originally published on November 25th, 2013.

Irresistibly buttery and sweet, this roasted butternut squash with cinnamon feeds a crowd, which makes it perfect addition to your holiday menu!h

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Highly recommend your blog to everyone. Especially this beautiful butternut squash recipe really made our day. Made this for my kid’s tonight, they loved it. The taste is lovely and delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for a beautiful butternut squash recipe. Made this tonight for my family and the kitchen smells divine. It tastes even better.

  3. Thank-you for your quick response Shinee 🙂 I will prepare this dish ahead but what I might try is after the squash has cooled i’m going to layer with parchment paper just to make sure there is no sticking , I should also be able to reheat this way 🙂 what do you think ?

  4. Can this be prepared the day before and reheated ? My only concern is sticking together . I am limited to time and oven space when it comes to Christmas dinner side dishes .

    1. Hi, Melodie. Totally understand your issue. 🙂 I have reheated the leftovers before, so I think you can cook it advance. I’d undercook it a little the first day, so when you reheat it, it doesn’t get too mushy or anything. I hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out. Merry Christmas!

  5. Hi…how many does this serve? I am using this recipe as a side for my xmas dinner – 20 ppl. Need to know how many times I need to double/triple recipe. Thanks!

  6. This dish looks SO good! I absolutely love butternut squash, and caramelizing it like this feels so so right.
    Pinned!