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Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash is a simple yet delicious side dish to serve with any meal. Plus, they’re a powerhouse of nutrition in every golden bite.

Roasted butternut squash in a red dish
Vibrant, flavorful roasted butternut squash is healthy, full of flavor, and simple to make.

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Why This Recipe Stands Out

Want to add nutritious butternut squash to the fall dinner table, while hoping the kids will embrace a side of squash? Fear not, as you’re about to show even the finickiest of eaters just how delicious roasted butternut squash can be.

4 Key Ingredients

roasted butternut squash ingredients.
  • Butternut Squash: choose a large, healthy squash. See tips on how to buy the perfect butternut squash below.
  • Olive Oil: not only is olive oil healthy, but it helps the roasting process.
  • Maple Syrup: a drizzle of maple syrup provides sweetness and flavor.
  • Brown Sugar: use brown sugar for a molasses depth of flavor and sweetness.
  • Cinnamon: this fall spice lends an earthy and aromatic fragrance to the squash.

How to Buy and Store Butternut Squash

whole butternut squash.

Here are our top tips for buying the perfect butternut squash:

  1. Look for smooth, firm skin without soft spots or discoloration that could be indicative of mold.
  2. Large bulbed squash with elongated necks tend to have bigger seed cavities inside. Go for the butternut with a short, wide neck and compact bulb for smallest cavities and easier cutting.
  3. Once your fresh butternut squash comes home with you, store it in a cool and dry place for up to several weeks. There’s no need to refrigerate it unless your house is quite warm or you need to keep your squash fresh for a longer period of time.
  4. Because many recipes like Butternut Squash Chili and Butternut Squash Risotto call for peeled/cubed squash, we’re happy to report that you can peel, seed, and cube your fresh squash several days early. Simply place freshly cut butternut squash in an airtight container and keep chilled.

Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss the squash with remaining ingredients until thoroughly coated. Transfer to foil-lined baking sheet, in a single layer, without overcrowding the pieces.
  2. Roast at 425F for about 40 minutes, rotating pan midway during baking. When edges are browned and cubes are fork-tender, remove from oven immediately. You may want to start checking squash around 35 minutes, just to ensure that they don’t become overcooked.

Make-Ahead Tips

There are only 5 ingredients aside from the butternut squash itself in this recipe, so it’s already on the extremely easy side. However, we don’t stop there in our quest to ensure no stone is left unturned when it comes to cooking efficiency. Thus, here are a few bonus tips to help you prep ahead:

  • Because fresh, whole butternut squash keeps extremely well, you can go ahead and buy it while you’re already shopping at the store; there’s no need to make a special grocery trip for it.
  • Feel free to peel, seed, and cube your fresh butternut squash 2-3 days prior to cooking. Just be sure to place cubes in an airtight container in fridge (note that cut squash must keep free of moisture or water.)
  • You can also freeze freshly cut butternut squash, sealed airtight, for up to a few weeks.
  • Combine seasoning ingredients (everything but the squash) a day or two ahead of time; store it covered at moderate room temperature.

Commonly Asked Questions

Do you need to peel the skin of butternut squash before roasting?

We do recommend peeling your fresh, whole butternut squash before seeding, cubing, and roasting. It will cut down on your cook time tremendously, as well as allow for maximum flavor infusion.

How do you know when butternut squash is cooked?

The rule of thumb is: when butternut squash is fork-tender, it is done. The roasted squash cubes should be golden brown; be sure to remove from oven immediately, to avoid burning.

Is roasted butternut squash healthy?

Butternut squash is naturally packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamin A. This recipe uses olive oil for roasting, which keeps it nutrient-dense.

What does roasted butternut squash taste like?

The flavor profile is between that of roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin; it’s naturally slightly sweet, which makes it well-loved by grownups and kids alike.

Can I make roasted butternut squash ahead of time?

For easy meal prep, we recommend peeling, seeding, and cubing the squash ahead of time, up to 3 days in advance. Store it chilled airtight until ready to season and roast.

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Roasted butternut squash in a red dish

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

4.89 from 95 ratings
This Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash is the perfect side dish for your fall/winter meals. It’s fantastic as is, or tossed together in salads, soups, or rice bowls.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F with rack on upper middle position. Line baking sheet with heavy duty foil.
  • In a large bowl, toss the squash with remaining ingredients until thoroughly coated. Transfer to foil-lined baking sheet, in a single layer, without overcrowding the pieces.
  • Roast about 40 minutes, rotating pan midway during baking. When edges are browned and cubes are fork-tender, remove from oven immediately. You may want to start checking squash around 35 minutes, just to ensure that they don’t become overcooked.

Notes

  • Butternut squash can be peeled and cut up to 2 days ahead of time; keep chilled in an airtight container until ready to use. 
  • Serve butternut squash with Wild Rice Pilaf and Instant Pot Turkey Breast for a healthy and flavorful meal. 
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Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1g | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 13288IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side, vegetable
Cuisine: Amerian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan
Method: baking, roasting

More to Cook and Eat

1.  Curried Butternut Squash Soup — Creamy, smooth, and with a little kick of curry.  Scrumptious.

2.  Pomegranate Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts — oh, and don’t forget the blue.  This is the best holiday salad we’ve ever put on the table.

3.  Apple & Sausage Stuffing — stuffings and preferences abound.  But after years of stuffing testing, this one took the blue ribbon at our most recent big festive gathering.  Everyone loves this so much, it’s here to stay.

4.  I’d be remiss not to bring back this ever-popular Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Crumble.  It’s like dessert.  On the dinner table.  People load their plates full of this because it is that good.

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71 comments

    • janie
    • 5 stars

    I have made this numerous times and my family loves it. Tonight I am using this recipe with sweet potatoes.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Janie! So happy your family loves it 🙂 Thanks so much for coming over and letting us know!

    • Jill

    we are invited to a friends for Thanksgiving. I would like to bring this to Thanksgiving dinner. Can I make this at home and just reheat when I get there or will it become mushy

      • chewoutloud

      You can definitely make it again of time. As long as it’s not too overcooked, it will hold up fine, though you may want to reheat it before serving

    • Kona Katie

    This recipe was GREAT for Thanksgiving this year! Thank you! We added bacon bits, and everyone went for seconds 😉 Thanks again!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay! So happy to hear it! Bacon sounds yum; Happy holidays 🙂

        • Joann Williams

        This side dish is absolutely delicious. I added halves black grapes with it and it was the perfect combination. Yum!!!

        • chewoutloud

        Yipee, Joann! So glad you enjoyed this 🙂

    • Lisa

    Does this freeze well?

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Lisa! Most of our baked recipes here freeze nicely, but I wouldn’t anticipate this squash to freeze well. If you want to prep it ahead, you can get everything ready and just roast it right before serving. It’s best right after it’s roasted 🙂 Enjoy!

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