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How to Cook Roasted Butternut Squash

The butternut squash is known as the butternut pumpkin in New Zealand and Australia because it has a nutty and sweet taste just like a pumpkin. It also has a hard outer skin just like a pumpkin. Butternut is a winter squash that grows on vines. It is an easy squash to roast and delicious to eat. It can be pureed and mashed but it is delicious roasted.

To roast a Butternut Squash:

First of all pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil because the squash will make a mess.

Spray the cookie sheet with cooking oil or canola oil to prevent sticking.

Wash it thoroughly with a scrub brush.

Next cut the squash length wise in half and removed the seeds.

Place the squash halves on the lined cookie sheet with the flesh side up.

Rub the top of the squash with butter for flavor.

Roast the squash in the oven for approximately twenty minutes or until it is tender when inserting a fork.

The squash will be brown on the top.

Once the squash is done, remove it from the oven and serve by slicing the squash into about 6″ slices. The skin will be soft after baking and can be eaten too.

Roasting Pan Method:

Butternut squash can also be placed in a roasting pan to cook. This will prevent the brown spots on the top.

Bake at 350 degrees.

Be sure to line the roasting pan with aluminum foil to prevent a mess.

Oil or spray the foil to prevent sticking.

Place the squash in the roasting pan flesh side up.

Rub the top of the squash with butter for flavor.

Put the lid on the roasting pan and place the pan in the oven.

Let the squash cook for 20 minutes or until tender when inserting a fork.

The squash can be cut the same as when it is roasted on a cookie sheet. The only real difference in cooking the squash on a cookie sheet and cooking it in a roaster is that it gets brown spots when cooked on a cookie sheet. It does not get them when cooked in a roasting pan.

Salt, pepper and other spices can be added to the squash while it cooks for additional flavor.

For a sweet roasted squash, remove it from either the oven or roaster after ten minutes and sprinkle on 4 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Return the squash to the oven and bake an additional ten minutes.

The roasted butternut squash is a delicious side-dish addition to any meal.