How to Roast Butternut Squash

Cooking butternut squash, with its hard, thick shell, can seem daunting. But it’s easy to prepare this orange-fleshed winter staple once you learn a few simple tips. 

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

How to Roast Butternut Squash

Cooking butternut squash, with its hard, thick shell, can seem daunting. But it’s easy to prepare this orange-fleshed winter staple once you learn a few simple tips. 

 

By Laura B. Weiss

Get the Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash

What You'll Need

Use butternut squash in soups and pasta dishes, or just serve it baked in its shell with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey. You'll need just a few additional ingredients: olive oil, salt and pepper.

 

 

Cutting the Whole Squash

Cut off both ends of the squash.

Peel the Squash

Wearing an apron, hold the squash against your chest to keep it steady. With a vegetable peeler, remove the skin, working toward you.

Halve the Squash 

Place the squash on a cutting board. Hold the squash steady with one hand. With the other, use a large knife to halve the squash lengthwise. Set the squash halves on the cutting board, flesh-side up. Using a spoon (a serrated grapefruit spoon works well), scoop the seeds and pulp out of each squash half. 

Dice the Squash

With a large, sharp knife, cut the squash in half lengthwise. Cut each section in half, then in quarters, and dice it.

Prepare for Roasting

Now that you’ve broken down the squash, you can roast it to use in recipes or to enjoy as a side dish. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Just Add Olive Oil

Place the squash cubes on a sheet pan and drizzle them with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss well.

Into the Oven

Roast the squash for 25 minutes, or until the flesh is fork-tender. 

Flip the Squash

While roasting, turn the squash once with a metal spatula.