Don't bother with the pre-cut squash from the grocery store. You can easily cut and roast butternut squash yourself for a fraction of the cost -- and it's much fresher, too. We'll show you the best way achieve perfectly seasoned, tender and golden nuggets of this naturally sweet veggie. All you need are a hot oven, olive oil, salt and pepper. Use visual cues for doneness, since the cooking time depends on the size of your dice.
Trim both ends off the squash and remove the skin with a vegetable peeler. Cut the squash in half lengthwise with a large, sharp knife. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the squash halves crosswise into 1-inch thick half-moons, then dice into 1-inch pieces. (A 3-pound squash will yield about 7 cups.)
Place the diced squash, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl. Toss to coat evenly. Spread the squash in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the squash is lightly browned and tender, turning once with a metal spatula.