Brighten your meal with vibrant roasted butternut squash. A member of the winter squash family (which includes acorn, spaghetti and delicata squash), this mildly sweet squash is chock full of of vitamins A, B6, C and E.

Winter squash are notorious for their tough exteriors, but don’t let that intimidate you. Follow the step-by-step instructions for preparing a butternut squash, and you may be surprised how easy it is. But if you still feel like you don’t have time to do it yourself, check your grocery store for fresh, diced, ready-to-cook butternut squash.

In this recipe, roasting the squash at high heat allows caramelization (the browning of the squash’s natural sugars) to occur, enhancing the mild sweetness. The result is a delicious side dish fit for Thanksgiving dinner or a weeknight meal.

This versatile squash can be prepared sweet or savory. Consider roasting winter squash with apples and cinnamon for a sweet side or toss squash with chili powder and garlic for another savory option. It’s your kitchen — get creative!


1 large squash or two medium*, alternatively 2 12oz packages of pre-chopped butternut squash
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced (fresh rosemary and sage are great alternatives)
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. If using a whole squash, check out the gallery below for step-by-step preparation instructions:
  1. On a large sheet pan, toss squash pieces with olive oil.


  1. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix again spreading the squash pieces over the entire pan. The more room between pieces, the better they will brown.


  1. Roast for 20 minutes, then stir or turn with a spatula. Roast for an additional 10 minutes or until the squash is tender and lightly browned.


Serves 6.  Serving Size: 1 cup cooked squash.

*Squash sizes vary. If using whole squash, 1 large squash or two medium will feed 4-6 people, serving size is 1 cup cooked squash.


Calories 96 Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 8 mg
Potassium 584 mg Total Carbohydrate 22 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g Sugars 4 g
Protein 2 g