Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Butternut squash is roasted until tender and lightly caramelized. Cinnamon and cayenne add warmth while brown sugar sweetens things up a little.

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Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

During the fall and winter, we find ourselves making a batch of roasted butternut squash almost weekly. It’s a perfect side, can be served cold on top of salads for lunch and is delicious as a snack with a little ketchup on the side. (That’s Adam’s personal favorite).

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Adam and Joanne’s Roasted Butternut Squash Tips

We just love roasted winter squash (Don’t forget, simply substitute other winter squash varieties for butternut squash in our recipe below). It’s so simple and extremely satisfying. Here are our tips for making it in your kitchen.

Try to cut the squash into evenly sized pieces.

We know cutting up winter squash, especially butternut squash, can be tricky. (Don’t worry; in our recipe below, we share how we do it). We find that separating the thinner end from the round, wider end makes things much easier.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

In the recipe below, we call for 1-inch cubes. You could choose to make the chunks smaller or larger, just keep everything similar in size. This way, all the squash pieces roast evenly.

As for peeling, you could leave the peel on. We prefer to remove it, but it’s fine to eat and some prefer the chewiness of the peel when left to roast.

Don’t crowd the squash. Use two baking sheets.

When you’re roasting vegetables, it’s important to give them a little space. Without some room, vegetables tend to steam instead of roast. When that happens, you can say good-bye to the golden brown and caramelized edges we love so much.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

(We hate extra dishes just as much as anyone, by the way. That’s why we line the baking sheets with foil first).

Roast butternut squash at a high temperature.

After trying a few different oven temperatures, we’ve settled on 425 degrees F. The squash becomes tender and the edges get a chance to brown a little. If you’re roasting something else, say chicken, at the same time you do have some leeway. Stick close to 425 degrees F and you should be just fine.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

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Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
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Not only is roasted butternut squash a perfect side dish, it’s perfect to add to rice bowls or to top hearty salads. We enjoy it cold and often save some for the following day to add to salad for lunch. If you’ve got lots leftover, make soup. Throw leftover roasted squash into a blender with a splash or two of stock and blend. This recipe can be used for other varieties of winter squash. Simply substitute other winter squash varieties for butternut squash in our recipe below.
Yield: 4 (1 cup) servings
You Will Need
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 pounds or 8 cups, cubed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dash cayenne, optional
  1. Prepare Squash: Heat oven to 425º F and line two large baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  2. Toss squash cubes with olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and the cayenne until well coated. Tumble coated squash onto baking sheets and spread into one layer. Try not to crowd them too much or else they will not brown.Cinnamon-Roasted-Butternut-Squash-Recipe-Step-2
  3. Roast Squash: Roast squash, turning once and rotating pans once, until edges are lightly browned and centers are tender; 40 to 45 minutes. (Since ovens can often run hotter than you have heated them to, check the squash every so often to make sure they are not roasting quicker than expected).
Notes and Tips
How to Cut Butternut Squash into Cubes: Cut off the stem and bottom ends of the squash so both ends are flat. Slice the squash in half, just where the thinner end begins to widen. Use a heavy-duty peeler to peel away the skin. If you notice green streaks remaining on the squash as you peel, peel those away as well until only orange flesh remains (they can be a little tough). Cut the larger end in half and spoon out the seeds. (Save the seeds – look for instructions for how to roast them below). Cut each piece into 1-inch-thick sticks then slice into 1-inch cubes.Cinnamon-Roasted-Butternut-Squash-Recipe-Step-1

How to Roast Butternut Squash Seeds: Remove pulp and fibrous threads from seeds. Simmer seeds in salted water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Toss seeds with olive oil and lightly season with salt. Roast in a 325 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The seeds will not change much in color, but will crunch when done.

A note about salt: We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.

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146 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Ellen October 30, 2015, 8:05 pm

    Delicious! But I forgot the cinnamon while concentrating on my sugar/molasses ratio to replicate the brown sugar, and added a good 6 shakes of cayenne. Very pleased at the mild sweetness w/the heat – not overpowering at all.
    Will absolutely make again – even my myeah-on-butternut-squash husband had nothing but praise! Served with a 40 garlic chicken recipe, rice, and gravy.
    Thank you!

  • Kara October 25, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Thanks very much for this recipe, we loved it.

  • Kareen October 20, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Fabulous recipe! I made mine plain-no cinnamon or cayenne-and it is absolutely delicious. Thanks so much.

  • Stacy August 31, 2015, 6:24 pm

    I have made this recipe several times and have not been disappointed! The coating gives the squash a carmelized coating which is absolutely delicious! My older daughter who hates sweet potatoes and pumpkin loved it! Would be just as good on sweet potatoes. Love the bit of heat from the cayenne, too! A huge hit in our family!

  • Crystal August 23, 2015, 3:51 pm

    By they way; for those interested. Kitchen aid makes a food processor with a dicing attachment. I found this to work perfect for the dicing project.

  • Crystal August 23, 2015, 3:44 pm

    My 7 year old daughter and I had never eaten squash before. She was going crazy 😀over the smell while I was preparing and cooking it. Needless to say we loved it!!!! Can’t wait to get another squash. Trying to switch over to a vegan diet and live a cleaner, healthier life. So excited and happy to find this recipe. Thank you for taking the time and energy to post. I see many love it!!!! Keep more veggi recipes coming!!!!

  • Vendetta May 17, 2015, 2:51 am

    I used less salt, loads more cinnamon, and 1tablespoon maple syrup instead of brown sugar. Tossed in pine nuts towards the end. Served with chick peas and freshly steamed kale.
    A lovely recipe and fun to tweak. Would be beautiful with roast chicken breast.

  • Gail March 7, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Fabulous recipe. My husband and I loved it. Didn’t have brown sugar so I used regular sugar. I found it was ready after about 14 min. I will bring this next time I am asked to bring a vegetable. Bellisimo.

  • Wawa Nkosi February 22, 2015, 10:15 am

    this was absolutely delicious! thank you!

  • Heather January 31, 2015, 1:12 pm

    First squash my family actually enjoyed! Pics and tips really helped. Thank you!!!

  • Arlene Major January 27, 2015, 3:14 pm

    Really thought this was going to be a great recipe but I had trouble with it burning. So disappointed. After I peeled away the burnt part it was yummy. Can you give me any suggestions?

    • Joanne February 3, 2015, 1:41 pm

      Hi Arlene, It is possible your oven runs a little hot (most ovens do). Next time, try lowering the oven temperature by 25 degrees and see if that helps.

  • Joanne January 1, 2015, 2:54 pm

    im trying the roasted squash tonight for supper I’ll let you know if we like it It looks good on in the bowl.

  • pam December 9, 2014, 7:55 pm

    Very good recipe! We enjoyed this for dinner, I added a little ginger and a sprinkle of Pear infused vinegar along with the other ingredients…..thank you!

  • DBM November 28, 2014, 12:25 am

    Delish. Made a double recipe and not a piece left at Thanksgiving dinner. Lots of requests for the recipe.

  • Ann-Marie November 26, 2014, 4:31 pm

    I was wondering about preparing this the night before or atleast preping any suggestions?

    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:47 pm

      Prepping the night before is a great idea. You could roast them ahead of time, but the squash won’t crisp up as nicely when you reheat.

  • Connie Crupi November 26, 2014, 1:22 pm

    I am making this butternut squash dish today for Thanksgiving what is the best way to reheat this dish? Thank you

    • Joanne November 26, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Hi Connie, Reheat in a hot oven (375 to 400F) for a few minutes. That should warm them up and bring back some of the crisp edges.

  • Jan November 25, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Can this recipe be made ahead and frozen?

    • Joanne November 26, 2014, 2:21 pm

      Hi Jan, We have never tried freezing roasted squash before, but don’t see why it would not work. You may loose the crisp edges and it may be a little softer after freezing. The squash will still taste great, though.

  • Anne November 23, 2014, 7:01 pm

    I am looking to make this for Thanksgiving. Has anyone ever made it the day before and reheated the next day? Wondering how it came out. Sounds amazing!

    • Joanne November 26, 2014, 2:42 pm

      Hi Anne, We have had roasted squash leftovers in the fridge overnight and enjoyed them the next day. The squash isn’t quite as crisp around the edges, but it still tastes fantastic. We reheat by sliding them into a pretty hot oven (375 to 400) and roasted for a few minutes to “bring them back to life.”

  • Anne November 22, 2014, 5:48 pm

    I’m looking to try this for Thanksgiving. Has anyone ever cooked it the night before, then served it hot the next day? Wondering how it would turn out. Sounds amazing!

  • Mary November 16, 2014, 10:39 pm

    I was very skeptical my husband wold eat more than his ” I tried it ” bite.
    His extent of vegetables are corn and plain lettuce . I have tried through the years to get him to eat healthy foods Aka vegetables without success. I have pulled recipes that people rave about being so good just for him to take one bite and declare never again . But I keep trying ! When I acme across your recipe I was curios about trying Butternut squash myself. The recipe was simple enough. The result was an amazing dish everyone loved , yes even Mr. One bite .He had two servings , that’s a real win. Love it will be making it again for the holidays !
    Thank you so much.

  • Laurie November 10, 2014, 9:50 pm

    I am at this moment roasting the squash and it is smelling delish, cant wait until it is done.used a little more cinnamon and cayenne…

    • Laurie November 10, 2014, 9:59 pm

      Update on adding extra spices…great if you like spicy..also I will cook this at my works next potluck! Not enough stars ..but definitely 5.

  • Claudia November 6, 2014, 5:48 pm

    I’ve always wondered how to cube squash. Great post! Thank you

  • Terri Oldham October 31, 2014, 9:32 am

    Tried this recipe yesterday!! It was awsome!! My sister & everyone loved it!! We did add a few chopped pecans sprinkled on top as a after thought & it really was scrumptious!!! This is a keeper for sure!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Emily October 27, 2014, 12:09 pm

    I found this recipe last fall and lost it. So glad I found it again!
    I was looking for a different way to eat Butternut Squash other than butter and brown sugar.
    Thank You for adding spice to my squash!
    My Husband & I agree, we could eat it like popcorn!
    SOOOOO Good!

  • Christine October 25, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Loved this recipe, like eating candy!!!! I love baked sweet potatoes but this is even better

  • Joe October 23, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Work at a school and followed these directions. Squash came out great and the children loved it. I did leave out the Cayenne

    • Joanne October 24, 2014, 12:04 pm

      That’s so cool! Thank you for letting us know.

  • Colleen October 22, 2014, 7:44 pm

    This was great!!! I didn’t have cayenne,so I subbed smoked paprika and cumin. I enjoyed the combination of cinnamon and peppers. My husband who detests butternut squash actually liked it! Next time I’ll let it bake a little longer to get crispier.

  • Dorthy October 19, 2014, 12:58 pm

    This looks delish! Has anyone tried to freeze this?

  • sherri October 13, 2014, 12:18 pm

    I really liked the squash. The sweetness wasn’t too overpowering. the only downside was peeling the squash :( I will definetly make this again.

  • Susan October 12, 2014, 4:09 pm

    This was so good that my family asked for it again! I used parchment paper instead of foil to line the pan bottoms. Worked great.

  • Jenna July 13, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Absolutely delicious! I made them with Splenda brown sugar substitute to bring to a Weight Watchers meeting. They never made it. My husband and son ate them all. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sammy June 15, 2014, 8:19 pm

    Excellect, turn out perfectly. I did rotate the pans at the 20 minute mark by putting the lower one on the top and top on eto the lower one.

    Use a light colored baking sheet. Darker ones will burn the squash unless you reduce the time and heat!!!

    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 12:18 pm

      Thanks for the tip on pans and thanks for coming back and sharing!

  • Ina June 5, 2014, 9:14 am

    Joanne, it was absolutely fabulous! I used my glass baking tray, and it turned out perfect. Yummy!

  • Carrie April 24, 2014, 2:47 pm

    This is delicious! I substituted coconut oil instead of the olive oil, and we used maple syrup instead of brown sugar. I, too, pulled them out after 25 minutes at 425. I believe that my idea of a “1 inch cube” was not quite anywhere near an inch. Anyway, this was perfect, and I am looking forward to adding this to my coconut curry tonight. Thank you!!!

  • Susan April 9, 2014, 6:30 pm

    Another reason some may have had the recipe cook too hot is the type of pan used. I have one baking sheet that is a heavy duty, dark metal product that cooks very hot…I have burned many cookies on it. I will be making this recipe for supper tonight and won’t be using that dark pan. I tried a similar recipe recently that did not have cinnamon and called for ancho chili powder instead of cayenne.

    • Adam April 10, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Good point, Susan. Thanks for sharing.

  • Austin! March 31, 2014, 7:48 pm

    Holy MOly that was great.

    Goes really incredibly with carrots!

  • Sarah Barker March 30, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Loved this! Added some coconut and it gave it just a little extra layer that we loved:) Thank you for this awesome healthy recipe!

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:51 am

      Great idea! We’re trying coconut next time.

  • Amanda March 23, 2014, 11:21 pm

    Im currently making this butternut squash resipe as im commenting, I have to say that the resipe calls for to much cinnamon. It tastes amazing i could just eat it as a snack. I think one table spoon is perfect

    • Joanne March 24, 2014, 9:39 am

      Hope it turns out for you :)

  • Max March 17, 2014, 2:15 am

    First off, it irritates me that Nancy’s comment was the first I read and it remains at the top.

    Now that I got that out of the way…This is probably my favorite new recipe for butternut squash! I’m not a chef, but I do know how my oven cooks and thought 40-45 minutes might be a little long. So I peeked at 35 minutes and they were perfect!

    The squash was nicely carmelized, it was like eating candy. I dusted some with cayenne after I took it out for just a touch of heat.

    Excellent recipe, thank you for sharing!

    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 2:42 pm

      Hi Max, we actually just deleted the comment (you’re not the only one to mention something). So happy you loved the squash and thank you for your kind comment.

  • Carrie March 13, 2014, 8:15 pm

    I was really looking forward to this for dinner. Unfortunately, I did not read the other comments first, and within 15 minutes it was burnt. I tried to save some of it, but it was beyond help. It seems 425 F is way to hot. I think it may have disappeared if I left it in for 45 minutes.

    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 3:12 pm

      Oh no! Sorry things didn’t work well for you. Next time, try reducing to 400 and keep an eye on the squash.

  • Brittany March 11, 2014, 8:36 pm

    We LOVE this!! I substitute crushed red pepper flakes for the cayenne and it is WONDERFUL!!

  • Tiffany March 11, 2014, 6:03 pm

    I’m in love!!! It turned out great and everyone enjoyed it. I just kept the oven at 400 degrees and I had no problems…which I think is fantastic considering it’s my first time using squash. Thanks.

  • Valere March 2, 2014, 9:09 pm

    Hello all,
    My daughter has recently decided to go vegetarian, so I have been buying and trying new foods and recipes. I have never tried to prepare butternut squash and didn’t really plan to do it this evening, but this receipt was a hit! It was so delicious and full of flavor!
    Kids loved it! Husband love it. You made this mommy look amazing!

    • kari March 5, 2014, 8:01 am

      These smell so yummy as they are cooking and they taste even better!

  • Sue February 26, 2014, 8:35 pm

    I was at Costco this afternoon and picked up a package of cubed squash. When I arrived home I came across your recipe, popped it in the oven, and I am enjoying this for dinner. Thank you for posting! I think every recipe can be tweaked in any direction, as we are all individuals, however the comment made by Nancy was so uncalled for that it makes me suspect it was a juvenile pranking! LOL
    Now I am going to have another helping.

    • Tiffany March 11, 2014, 6:05 pm

      I did exactly the same thing. It saved a tone of time. Isn’t Costco amazing! :)

      • Sarah Barker March 30, 2014, 8:04 pm

        Ditto! Cut the prep time in half!

  • sarah February 26, 2014, 8:06 am

    Thx for sharing this yummy receipe! i added curry powder instead of cinnamon n it really gave it a delicious flavor! :)

  • bill February 25, 2014, 6:47 pm

    I had high hopes for this recipe, but something went wrong…
    The sugar on the squash pieces burnt up on me in like 10 minutes, stunk out and smoked out the kitchen.
    any ideas what I could have done to cause this?

    • Joanne February 26, 2014, 12:57 pm

      Hi Bill — It might be a good idea to reduce the oven temperature a little next time (it is possible your oven runs a bit hot). Sorry things didn’t work out well for you!

  • Amanda February 23, 2014, 3:12 pm

    This recipe rocks!! Thank you so much for sharing!! New family favorite!

  • Amber February 15, 2014, 12:41 pm

    I loved this recipe! I did use the Splenda Brown Sugar blend. I had to resist eating the whole pan in one meal! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Max March 17, 2014, 2:22 am

      Amber, have you looked into artificial sweeteners online at all? I used to use it, but since I’ve read a bunch of negative stuff on splenda (sucralose) and aspartame I avoid them like the plague.

  • Kathryn February 9, 2014, 12:01 pm

    Just made it…and loved it! I too had to turn the oven down to 400, that was a good temp. for our oven. Made it just as written…I will definitely make it again, and I love the fact that this doesn’t call for butter like my other recipe. However, next time I will leave out the cayenne, I didn’t care for that flavor mixed with the cinnamon but if you like cayenne you’d appreciate it more than I ( : Thanks!

  • Christina N February 7, 2014, 9:33 pm

    I rather enjoyed this recipe. I used Splenda’s Brown Sugar blend and really didn’t measure, kinda eye-balled it. One person said to use less sugar, but that’s coming from an Italian that’s used to eating more savory than sweet. My daughter was more more more! I’m trying to figure out the nutritional value of the dish. I chose this dish specifically because I am diabetic and I’m trying new vegetables that I normally wouldn’t eat, since eating pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, cereal and my passion, fruit, has just been cut from my diet.

  • Candias February 3, 2014, 8:26 pm

    We have never tried butternut squash before, but figured we are 50 years old, time to give it a try….and it was delicious…so thanks for sharing it…we will definitely be doing this again…topped it with a drizzle of maple syrup, almost like a dessert!

    • Avril February 23, 2014, 12:18 pm

      Tried it today for a family lunch with the in-laws and it was a hit. Thank you


  • Lori February 1, 2014, 3:18 pm

    I’m a novice at using butternut squash, but I thought this turned out lovely. I ate it warm with dinner and used the cold leftovers in arugula salad (which I highly recommend). I also made a little baby food on the side for my 8 month old. What a versatile veggie! My only complaint is not with the recipe but with the vegetable itself–it is so darn hard to cut! But I was greatful for your little cutting tips. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Christian Dath January 30, 2014, 9:07 pm

    MY wife was just so ecstatic that i whipped such and amazing recipe she was so happy that she gave me 14 dollars to spend on new cargo pants. I ordered them off of kohl’s . com and they were wonderful I’ve never had cargo pants that fit so nicely. thank you so much you practicly bought me cargo pants!

    With lots of love, Christian Dath

    • Joanne January 31, 2014, 11:24 am

      Yay for pants! So glad you both loved the squash :)

  • Marlene January 30, 2014, 9:03 pm

    Absolutely delishable (my new made up word!). I steamed some other veggies and added this to it. Then I added some red pepper flakes. Wonderful combo of sweet cinnamon and the zing of pepper! I will definitely make this again.

  • Christian January 28, 2014, 9:20 am

    I make this a lot. Been doing it before I seen this recipe …. I simply use vegetable oil brown sugar and cinnamon.
    I also like roasting acorn squash with just the very bottom cut off, scoop out the hollow, stuff with diced granny Smith, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter…. yum!

  • Shauna January 27, 2014, 2:10 pm

    I plan on making this tonight and can’t wait to try it!! My 6 year old, who loves veggies, walked by and begged me to make it. He keeps talking about being ready for dinner, even though we have 4+ hours to go. The instructions on prepping the squash are great!! I have never prepped/eaten butternut squash, so this was a great help! Thanks!!

  • Janet January 27, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Just a hint for those who struggled with prepping the squash. I saw on another site, to microwave the whole butternut squash for 2-3 minutes. I tried it and it didn’t cook the squash but made cutting it so much easier. I am making this tonight so I hope I will have the same success that the others have enjoyed.

    • Joanne January 30, 2014, 12:38 pm

      Interesting tip! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Lori February 1, 2014, 3:21 pm

      Wish I had this tip sooner! Will def try next time.

  • Lisa January 27, 2014, 3:24 am

    I made this for today. I am trying out new recipes for a change in diet. Thank you so so so much.It was absolutely delicious!!!!!

  • Keila January 23, 2014, 11:03 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious! Everyone loved it. I think I will add a little more cayenne next time. I am going to serve this often. Thanks!

  • chelsea January 21, 2014, 7:29 pm

    love love this recipe!! i reduce the cinnamon and omit the cayenne, and cook it a bit longer till nice and caramelized…its an absolute favorite of my toddlers!

  • KFB January 21, 2014, 6:58 pm

    I would suggest lowering the temp to 375-400 and turning after 12 minutes for a total of ~24. Consider throwing in a few few handfuls of maple syrup-glazed walnuts for the last 12 mins.

    Thanks for the recipe. The cayenne is the best part.

    • Mel January 30, 2014, 10:40 pm

      Great recipe, worked out well.
      I’m lazy so instead of curbing the squash I used an acorn squash my husband had cut into four and deseeded. Just put it on parchment paper with the skin down, and it scraped off the skin easily when cooked (people can do this as they eat it). It’s thinner than bnut squash so ideal for this. Most american recipes have far too much sugar and oil, so I used 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon sugar and rubbed on the exposed surface of the squash. It was easily sweet enough, and I might miss out the sugar entirely next time. The other spices I didn’t measure just put a bit on.
      Where I had dropped some sugar on the baking tray it was black after 20 mins so suspect this might be what happened to people who found it all went black. Perhaps it was just the sugar as there is no way a squash would burn after 20 minutes. I left it in for an hour to get really soft on 425. Came out very nicely and I’ll make it again.

  • Sam January 19, 2014, 5:36 pm

    Tried this tonight, followed all directions to a T, but all my squash came out burned, not sure what went wrong. :( the few pieces I could eat off the top tasted lovely though.

    • Joanne January 21, 2014, 9:19 pm

      Hi Sam, Next time try reducing the oven temperature. It’s possible your oven runs a little hot (ours does, too).

  • Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen January 19, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I made this and it was great!! Well, let me clarify – my squash ended up being past its prime, so I used frozen, and I ended up turning it into a mash since it wasn’t holding together. The flavors were wonderful, and I’ll definitely try it again with fresh squash :)

  • Cindi January 14, 2014, 10:17 pm

    I was looking for a way to cook cubed butternut squash tonight because when I cut it in half for my usual baked recipe, the halves came out very uneven. I also thought cubing might be a quicker way to cook. This recipe was delicious! We loved it! I’m saving this recipe. I know we’ll make it again.

  • Andrew January 5, 2014, 6:05 pm

    My first squash (home grown) bake and it is delicious. Thanks for the recipe. At the end of the bake I added a few minutes under the grill.

  • Jay Martinez January 5, 2014, 12:29 am

    I’m going to try this. I love butternut squash but have never roasted it like this, always in the skin. I’ve made soup before and peeling this beast is quite the task ;-).

  • Johanna January 4, 2014, 2:39 am

    Just cooked this using pre-cut squash and it is fantastic. I used sea salt, turbinado sugar and olive oil. (all I had on hand so I improvised). The squash was tender and had the right amount of salt/sweet taste. I will be making this again, for sure.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Joan Matonis December 31, 2013, 11:37 pm

    This was very tasty. I served it with warm cranberry sauce freshly made. I am 65 and have arthritis and I cut and cook butternut every few days. You get used to the preparation.
    My only problem with the recipe was the squash stuck to the foil. I’m not familiar with cooking with foil. I didn’t spray with non stick as I thought not needed. Please give feedback. Thanks.

    • Joanne January 1, 2014, 6:53 pm

      Hi Joan — Glad you enjoyed the squash. As for sticking, the squash can stick a little as it roasts. There really should be enough oil to deal with it, but as you’ve found out some will stick anyway. If we find a piece or two that has gotten stuck, we gently pry it away with a butter knife or small spatula.

      • Patricia Fitzpatrick January 14, 2015, 1:10 pm

        For stuck roast squash pieces use a small glass (shot glass) or a dixie cup turned upside down to create a tiny hypermoist atmosphere that will permit the vegetable to release.

  • Kelli December 31, 2013, 1:28 pm

    OMG!!! I am making this as we speak I have about 7mins to go. I couldn’t wait so I tasted one and let me tell you IT’S ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGGGGGG!!

  • Linda December 30, 2013, 8:45 pm

    Hi Joanne,

    I’ve tried your butternut squash recipe twice. My whole family loves it. I buy the squash that is already cubed which makes it is so fast, easy, and great tasting. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe with us.

  • Sara December 30, 2013, 2:23 pm

    First off…I don’t cook. Not good at it and don’t enjoy it. Instead of New Year resolutions I am doing New Month ones and this month was one fruit and one vegetable per day. So I figured I would have to cook to avoid the daily salad. With all that groundwork….this recipe is fricken awesome! This non cook did it and LOVES butternut squash thanks to you two! Will be looking for more recipes on your site!

    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 6:42 pm

      Great! So glad you found us :)

  • Caitlin December 30, 2013, 9:17 am

    I’ve never really made or eaten squash before.. but I fell in love with this recipe! The night before, I made southwestern squash and it could not compare to this. I bought 2 lbs of already cubed butternut squash at Costco.. so it was a lot easier than having to cut it yourself. I can’t wait to make this again!

    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 11:06 am

      Great idea to buy pre-cubed squash :)

  • Ruth December 29, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I loved this recipe and so did my husband. Thank you Joanne

  • Scooter December 29, 2013, 5:50 pm

    OMG!!! I made this and it was delish everybody loved it I will be making this again please post more like this yum yum yum

    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 11:09 am

      Thanks Scooter — glad you liked it :)

  • Deb December 29, 2013, 10:11 am

    I have this squash cooking in the oven right now for a family gathering this afternoon. I think I may add some dried cherries or cranberries and toasted pecans towards the end of cooking.

  • Janice December 22, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Just made this squash recipe and really like it. Thanks. I love trying new recipes – some I like, some not so much.

  • Barry December 21, 2013, 7:16 pm

    added ginger, cumin, hot chili powder to the cited ingredients and cooked 10 minutes less.

  • Kristin December 17, 2013, 9:42 am

    This was delicious! I have never cooked with butter squash before so I really appreciated your instructions on how to prep one. Additionally, the recipe was very yummy, and we will be making it often.

  • Sheryllyn December 15, 2013, 8:29 pm

    I made this squash recipe twice for two different events, and both times the dish was loved by all and I was left with an empty service tray! Highly recommend. My children love the caramelized squash and wanted me to leave it for them instead of serving at a party!

    • Joanne December 16, 2013, 12:32 pm

      Wonderful! So glad everyone loved it :)

  • Bruce December 15, 2013, 7:46 am

    After cross-cuts, I just flip the sections onto one of the cut ends and make four top-to-bottom slices as I would a bell pepper, turning the squash cylinder into a cube (elongated rectangle, really).

    What you slice through is almost all flesh so with a good-sized knife, it’s usually easy enough for one hand. The flat side makes a sturdy enough base for (carefully) using my other hand, too, to push down on top of the knife blade. You lose a little, but today, in season I guess, a three-pound squash cost me 99 cents. I lost a nickel, maybe.

    If that’s too wasteful for your taste, I imagine you could use those sliced-off pieces to add some flavor in other recipes, or in some arts and crafts! Door knockers, baby shoes, sound proofing, rafts for the hamsters… be creative! :-)

  • Carol Walker December 13, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Sound so yummy, but keep in mind that even the purest olive oil turns to a hydrogenated oil that is not good for us when used at such high oven temps – try coconut or grape seed oil instead! :-)

  • Kara December 11, 2013, 6:57 pm

    Made this to go with dinner tonight, and it was delicious! My squash was getting very brown after about 25 mins, so I turned the oven down to 400 for the rest of the cooking time, and it was perfect. Yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  • Elizabeth December 7, 2013, 12:30 pm

    After cutting the ends off and cutting the butternut squash in two, then slicing the halves, pealing a small portion, my shoulders and chest hurt so badly that I felt as though I had lifted the corner of my house. It was way to hard for me to do all that and I threw the entire thing away! Good luck to a stronger person!

    • Joanne December 9, 2013, 12:26 pm

      Oh no! Next time, try using a smaller squash – it might be more manageable. Or look for pre-cur squash. I think Trader Joe’s sells it during the holidays.

    • Adam December 23, 2013, 3:02 pm

      It is tough work, but more than anything, a sharp knife and a solid cutting board with some of that rubber shelf liner underneath it — gives you more leverage.

    • Anna April 22, 2014, 4:34 pm

      A tip to making it easier to peel the skin is to put the squash in the microwave for 1 minute, then turn over and cook for another 30 seconds. This will soften the skin, making it much more manageable to cut off or peel. Just let the squash cool off for 5 minutes after removing from the microwave. I don’t use my microwave too often, but in these cases it makes life a little easier.
      Fantastic recipe, I also added a dash of nutmeg

      • Joanne April 23, 2014, 2:11 pm

        Interesting tip, Anna! We will have to try this soon.

      • Sue b November 11, 2014, 10:29 pm

        this works! I sometimes do this before adding butternut squash to soup so that is cooks about the same as carrots.

  • Carolyn December 4, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Thank you for the step-by-step instructions for this yummy-sounding recipe. The only problem for a butternut novice is whether to peel or not to peel. Please amend your post above to include whether or not this preparation requires peeling the squash before cubing.

    • Joanne December 9, 2013, 12:23 pm

      Good point. We prefer to peel butternut squash, but you are right. Some prefer to keep the squash unpeeled.

  • Becky Thomas December 3, 2013, 6:57 pm

    OMG! This was divine! It did cook faster than 45 minutes but I think it’s because I chopped my pieces smaller. I just took it out early. Most excellent recipe!

  • ChristinaHH December 3, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Well, tastes are different … not everybody needs to like it. I appreciate sites with good recipes and this is definitely one of them! I like it when people take the effort of sharing their recipes with others!

  • Sue November 30, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I made this last night and we fell in love with this recipe.
    I don’t think I will ever make it any other way. Amazing flavor.
    Many Thanks!!!

  • Nikole November 30, 2013, 2:55 pm

    Joanne, we were challenged with bringing squash for thanksgiving and tried numerous recipes prior to finding yours. IT WAS A HUGE HIT!!!!!! Everyone wanted the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!

  • Rob November 29, 2013, 5:25 pm

    Made this for Thanksgiving and it was great! A true hit with everyone.

  • Tanti November 28, 2013, 7:35 pm

    Nancy – what a rude comment you made. If you don’t like it, there are so many civilized ways of expressing your opinion.

    Joanne – I am so glad you’re not discouraged. Don’t ever let this type of troll-like commenter deter you from doing what you love. I have yet to try your recipe, but I am looking forward to it.

    • Joanne December 13, 2013, 12:57 pm

      Hi there, thanks for your comment. Everyone has their own opinions :) Hope you give the squash a try!

  • Christi November 26, 2013, 5:45 am

    Made this & pulled out the pans after 22 minutes to turn & rotate the pieces. One pan was already blackened and one pan was just right. Either the 425 temp is too high or the time of 40-45 minutes is way too long.

    • Joanne November 29, 2013, 11:25 am

      Bummer. It is possible your oven runs a little hot. We’re glad you checked them, though — at least one batch was okay. Next time, reduce the temperature a little — 25 to 50 degrees.

    • Cheryl December 9, 2013, 6:11 pm

      Same happened to me as well. Burnt to a crisp after 20 minutes at 425.

      • Adam December 11, 2013, 9:48 am

        Hi Cheryl, Sorry about that! Next time try roasting around 400F.

        • Buttermilk December 21, 2013, 11:59 am

          Perhaps the cookie sheets side-by-side are covering too much of the rack and preventing the heat from rising in the oven, thus cooking the squash unevenly. I’ve had that problem with other recipes.

          • CK December 1, 2014, 7:28 am

            * I wanted to give this a 4-star rating, but the site would only allow 5 stars!

            I had the same problem with burning the squash– only mine happened at 15 minutes. (They were actually smoking– filling the oven with smoke– when I peeked in on them)
            My cookie sheets were not side by side, so that was not the problem in my case. And my oven doesn’t run high. So that also is not the problem.
            I cut off the charred ends (most pieces left their burnt end on the foil when I picked them up). I reduced the heat to 350 and put them back in the oven.
            I figured they were ruined. But after the 45 minute time I pulled them out, and they looked just like the photos, and everyone liked them.

  • Cindy November 24, 2013, 2:57 pm

    First off the way you organized the layout of instruction was helpful for me visually and the order
    of assembly kept me inspired. ‘Notes and tips’ were the contributer for a delicious and successful outcome. I typically hate my cooking. This receipt restored my confidence. 😉
    Adam and Joanne, this dish will be on my Thanksgiving menu!

  • Dana November 20, 2013, 7:09 pm

    Thanks for posting the recipe! I subscribe to a grocery delivery service that offers pre-filled boxes of fruit & veggies and this week, a butternut squash was in the box. I’ve never cooked butternut squash before, and your recipe was the 2nd one to come up in my google search! I didn’t have brown sugar, or couldn’t find it rather, I just moved, but I used a cinnamon-sugar blend instead. I also added a sprinkle of allspice and drizzled a little cinnamon-pear balsamic vinegar on the squash before roasting. Delish! It wasn’t very sweet and the flavor of the squash stood out nicely amid the subtle spices. I didn’t measure anything because I have no clue where my measuring spoons/cups are either so when I find them, I will try this recipe again using proper measurements, brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Bon appetite!

  • Jennifer November 19, 2013, 8:18 pm

    I made this tonight for my family of six and everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe, it’s a keeper!

  • Carol November 17, 2013, 9:30 pm

    Made your squash recipe tonight and loved it. Hubby has always liked squash better than I have, but this recipe is a game-changer for me. Was actually ready before the rest of dinner and I couldn’t stop nibbling at it. So good I could eat it like popcorn. Definitely most delicious squash ever and will absolutely make again – thank you!

    • Joanne November 18, 2013, 11:00 am

      So glad you (and your husband) loved the recipe :)

  • Debbie November 17, 2013, 8:31 pm

    This was absolutely DELISH!!! I don’t normal use any type of hot pepper, but I used a dash and it was perfect. I think I’ll make it for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin November 15, 2013, 6:21 am

    Made this for dinner last night and it was a hit. My husband simply does NOT eat cooked veggies. He eats salads. I begged him to “just taste it”, he thinks he hates squash. First step in reversing the damage of flavorless boiled veggies of his childhood! Great replacement for roasted potatoes!

  • Joanne November 13, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Hi Nancy, So sorry you did not enjoy the squash as much as we do. If it was the cinnamon that you did not care for, you could try replacing it with another spice or spice blend. This really is one of our favorite ways to make squash so we’re sorry you didn’t enjoy it.

    • Barbara February 10, 2014, 12:08 pm

      This butternut squash recipe was a hit at my dinner table. I tend to reduce the amount of sugar, salt and cinnamon in all my recipes, and I did so with this one too. Delicious.

  • Ina November 10, 2013, 2:46 pm

    I received my first email from you today, and I could not be more delighted! You make everything sound so easy to make. I Pinned the Roasted squash, Baba ganoush and Apple crisp recipes, all lovely Fall fare! Thank you!

    • Joanne November 11, 2013, 11:02 am

      Hi Ina — Thanks so much for commenting and sharing our recipes :) So glad you found us!


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