this time of year, i love me some butternut squash! i know i don't normally talk recipes here, but because it's thanksgiving tomorrow, i wanted to share my favorite one from ina garten, the barefoot contessa, for a mouth-watering caramelized butternut squash. if you're charged with bringing a side dish to your thanksgiving festivities this year, this recipe will be sure to please (even kids love it). it's super easy to make...cutting the squash, however, is another story, but it's worth it. i promise. i've cut up so many butternut squash in my time making baby food, i should be inducted into some kind of institution. the why-don't-you-just-buy-precut-butternut-squash-you-crazy institution. [ha!]

without further ado...

serves 6 to 8
  • 2 medium butternut squash (4 to 5 pounds total)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
preheat oven to 400 degrees. cut off and discard the ends of each butternut squash. peel the squash, cut them in half lengthwise, and remove seeds. cut the squash into 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inch cubes and place them on a baking sheet. add the melted butter, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. with clean hands, toss all the ingredients together and spread in a single layer on the baking sheet. roast for 45-55 minutes, until squash is tender and the glaze begins to caramelize. while roasting, turn the squash a few times with a spatula, to be sure it browns evenly. taste for seasonings and serve hot.

ps~i have two of ina garten's cookbooks, the barefoot contessa cookbook and barefoot contessa parties. i've tried most of her recipes and they always turn out really good, which is saying a lot because i'm no barefoot contessa in the kitchen...i'm just barefoot.

image source: book photo amazon / recipe above from the barefoot contessa cookbook 

4 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. i have a huge butternut squash on the counter, and no recipe for it for tomorrow, so I'll try yours! thanks for sharing and happy thanksgiving!

  2. Sounds delish! I will have to try this especially since you said kids love it : )

  3. I love Ina. She's my go-to for anything big. Hope your Thanksgiving was great.

  4. We made this on Thanksgiving... Delicious! :)


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