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Roasted Butternut Squash

November 15, 2023

We’re all about this roasted butternut squash. It’s slightly nutty, sweet, and well, simply delicious. Try this out and we guarantee you will make it again and again.


cubed roasted butternut squash seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet with a serving fork
Photography by Gayle McLeod

The Best Roasted Butternut Squash

Ahhh, it smells like the perfect cozy night at home! Roasted squash just feels like a big hug. Roasting is one of our favorite cooking methods. Why? Roasting adds a depth of flavor by caramelizing the squash’s exterior and enhancing the natural sweetness (this is the case for most roasting veggies). This recipe is easy and requires little to no prep! Simply cut and peel your squash, and once you’ve cubed the butternut squash, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and you’re almost done. Roast until the squash begins to brown and you’ve got yourself a simple, healthy, and delicious snack or addition to any meal! Add your roasted squash to salad, serve with chicken, or simply eat it straight from the roasting pan like we do. Any way you serve it, cubed roasted butternut squash makes a beautiful addition to your dinner table!

a raw butternut squash cut in half lengthwise on the counter

Four Ingredients - Loads of Flavor!

Butternut squash roasted to perfection, is the ultimate side dish, salad topper, or on-the-go lunch! You’ve got a squash on the kitchen counter and you’re ready to try our easy and delicious roasted squash recipe! This straightforward dish requires just four ingredients you might even already have, so dinner is close to ready. Here’s all you’ll need to make roasted butternut squash:

  • A butternut squash of course. You will need about 1 ½ to 2 pounds, which is the average size you’ll find at the grocery store.

  • Olive oil.

  • Salt.

  • Pepper. This is optional but we love the earthiness that it adds!

a raw butternut squash cut in half lengthwise on the counter being peeled using a vegetable peeler

How to Cut Butternut Squash

Peeled, cubed and packaged butternut squash is now available to purchase from many stores. But we promise, cutting butternut squash is as easy as 1-2-3-4. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Confidence! You can do this! Start by using a stable cutting board. A little trick - put a kitchen towel under your cutting board, and it will stay secure while in use.

  2. Peel and cut! Begin by using a super sharp knife and cut off about ½ inch from the stem end and bottom end of the squash. Do I need to peel butternut squash before roasting? Yes, you definitely want to peel a butternut squash, using a vegetable peeler. Secure the squash with your hand and peel off the outer layer. Now stand the squash upright and carefully make a long cut, down the middle, so that you have two halves.

  3. Scoop out the seeds! Pretend it’s October and you’re carving Halloween pumpkins. Same concept, different squash varietal! Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and bam, step 3 is done!

  4. Let’s cube! Cut squash halves into long slices and cut those slices into 1-inch cubes. Congrats–you’re officially a squash cutting pro!

seeds being scooped out of a a raw, peeled butternut squash that has been cut in half length wise

How Do You Roast Butternut Squash in the Oven?

Bravo! You’ve mastered cutting the squash, which is the more intimidating step to master! And now, don’t worry, we’re going to teach you how to roast it right! The trick to roasting butternut squash in the oven is all in the process. Is roasting and baking the same thing? Not exactly - roasting refers to using high heat in the oven. We are looking for browned, crisp edges on the outside and a soft, smooth texture on the inside. It’s important to set your heat at 425°F - yes, that high! If your oven is set at a temperature that is too low, you’ll end up with uncooked or mushy roasted squash. Don’t be afraid to turn up the heat!

cubed roasted butternut squash seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet with a serving fork

How Long Does it Take for Butternut Squash to Soften in the Oven?

After 30 minutes in the oven, your butternut squash roasted cubes should be perfect! Browning squash is a great indication that your cubes are nearing doneness. Still not sure? Simply stick a sharp knife or toothpick in the center of a squash cube to test overall tenderness.Trust us, roasting butternut squash to perfection is easy! Prepare your tastebuds for perfectly sweet and nutty squash with a creamy, lucious center.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Goes Well With Our Favorite Foods

Roast butternut squash goes well with so many things! It’s savory, creamy, and most importantly, versatile! We love to serve it with:

  • Pork! Grab a thin or thick cut pork chop on your way home, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and pan sear with butter. Throw in some thyme or rosemary or whatever fresh herbs you have on hand. Plate your roasted butternut squash, pork chop, and then drizzle that delicious herbed butter on top!

  • Tossed with rice, a little butter, white wine, and pine nuts for a simple, delicious dinner time meal.

  • Crispy Chicken Thighs pair wonderfully with slow roasted butternut squash. The creaminess from the squash complements the crisp chicken skin, creating the perfect bite!

  • Are you all about that roasted flavor? Give our Roasted Honey Nut Squash recipe a try too and amp up one of our favorites, The Kale Salad, by adding in cubed, roasted butternut squash.

  • Leftovers? Transform your roasted squash into lucious, Butternut Squash Soup. This is one of our favorite butternut squash recipes!

Show Us Your Oven Roasted Butternut Squash!

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Roasted Butternut Squash

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  30 min
  • Calories: 176


  • 1½ to 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F with a rack in the center position.

  2. In a medium bowl, toss the squash with the olive oil and salt. Arrange the squash on a large rimmed sheet pan. Roast until the squash is tender and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.

  3. Season with pepper and more salt if desired.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories176
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates18 g
  • Total Fat10 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium184 mg
  • Total Sugars0 g

Roasted Butternut Squash

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  • Jenn

    Simple. Perfect. Tasty. I'll be making this a lot this fall!

    Thanks! We will too.