Ready to level up your dinner game? Say hello to this whole roasted butternut squash! Not only is it a showstopper on any table, but it's also packed with nutrients and flavors that'll make your taste buds do a happy dance. Imagine the sweetness of the squash mingling with aromatic herbs, all wrapped up in a crispy, golden exterior. Plus, it's a breeze to make! So, why settle for basic when you can go for extraordinary?
Ah, the joys of roasted veggies! From the crispy edges of roasted Brussels sprouts to the smoky goodness of Spanish Escalivada, we've got a soft spot for these easy, hassle-free delights. But let's talk about the MVP of the vegan fall recipes repertoire—roasted butternut squash.
🧡 Why you will love it
- Nutrient-rich: Loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, and monounsaturated fats for a healthful feast.
- Caramelized Goodness: Natural sugars that caramelize in the oven, offering a melt-in-your-mouth experience with every bite.
- Effortless Cooking: Simple preparation that lets you enjoy the coziness of fall without the fuss.
- Ultimate Versatility: Transforms into a creamy roasted butternut squash pasta sauce or serves as a base for a vegan butternut squash risotto, proving its culinary adaptability.
- Seasonal Staple: An autumnal treasure that's bound to become a regular in your kitchen lineup.
- Whole Butternut Squash: The star of the show, it's rich in fiber and vitamins while offering a naturally sweet and nutty flavor. Plus, it roasts beautifully, giving you that tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
- Herbs (like thyme, oregano, or rosemary): These aromatic greens elevate the dish, adding layers of complexity and fragrance. They also have antioxidant properties, so their flavor meets function!
- Garlic: This pungent gem infuses the squash with a depth of flavor that's both bold and aromatic. It's also a natural immune booster, so eat up!
- Salt and Pepper: The classic duo for seasoning; salt enhances natural flavors while pepper adds a touch of heat. They're like the rhythm section in a band—understated but essential.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This liquid gold helps achieve that perfect, crispy exterior. It's also packed with healthy fats and antioxidants, making it a win-win for taste and health.
Want to know How to roast butternut squash like a pro? Let's dive in!
Preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
Step 1: Remove the top and bottom of the whole butternut squash with a sharp knife and half lengthwise.
Step 2: Scoop out the seeds.
Step 3: Sprinkle salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil. You can use a brush to season it evenly.
Step 4: Lay the squash halves on a lined baking sheet, skin side up—slide in a couple of garlic cloves and your go-to herbs under each half.
Step 5: Drizzle additional olive oil and add more herbs.
Step 6: Roast butternut squash halves in the oven for 45–60 minutes.
Flavor Twist: Want to switch up the flavor profile? Use melted butter instead of olive oil for an extra layer of richness and a slightly nutty undertone. We like the vegan option Earth Balance. 🤤
💡 Expert tips
Wondering how long butternut squash takes to cook? Forty to fifty-five minutes at 400ºF (200ºC) will do it unless you use frozen butternut squash; see the below tips to make it right.
Quick Tip: If you're in a hurry, just cube the butternut squash instead of chunking it. You can shave off about ten minutes from the cooking time.
🧂 The perfect seasoning options
- My favorite seasoning for roasted or baked butternut squash is dried or fresh thyme.
- Also, Rosemary works beautifully. I think they combine very well with the sweetness of the butternut squash. A great addition to this roast would be Sweet potatoes.
- Fresh sage is also a great option and is often used when making butternut squash risotto.
- Also, for a more intense, delicious flavor, add a head of garlic to the baking tray, cut the head, and rub the butternut squash chunks with it. Alternatively, sprinkle onion or garlic powder on top of it.
- Olive oil will help the butternut squash sugars caramelize.
- For a sweeter take on butternut, we love seasoning it with ground cinnamon or nutmeg and even sprinkling some pumpkin pie spice mix on top. In this case, go for a neutral oil with a high smoking point, like avocado.
🥢 How to serve
Roasted Butternut Squash is extremely versatile.
This whole roasted squash recipe is great as a starter, snack, side dish, addition to your vegan poke bowl, or base for other recipes, such as a creamy soup.
You can also make a puree and use it as a filling for butternut squash ravioli.
Let's get into some serving suggestions.
Serve roasted butternut squash halves on a serving dish.
Serve the cooked butternut squash on a serving plate with roasted garlic.
Serve as mashed butternut squash.
Use the pureed roasted squash to make a vegan butternut squash lasagna.
If you baked the butternut squash into chunks, you can serve cubed ones as they are.
Although these can be eaten on their own, we like to top roasted veggies with carrot tops chimichurri for a change.
Both roasting and steaming have their merits, but they serve different culinary purposes.
Roasting: When you roast butternut squash, you're allowing the natural sugars to caramelize, which brings out a sweeter, more complex flavor. The edges get a little crispy, and the inside becomes fork-tender. Roasting is ideal when you're looking for a richer flavor and texture, like in our roasted butternut squash recipe.
Steaming: On the other hand, steaming is quicker and retains more of the squash's natural moisture. It's a go-to method when you want a softer texture without the caramelized sweetness. Steaming is often preferred for recipes where the squash will be mashed or pureed, like in soups.
So, is one better than the other? Not really—it all depends on what you're aiming for in your dish. Want a deep, rich flavor? Go for roasting. Need something quick and versatile? Steaming is your friend. Either way, you're in for a tasty, nutritious treat! 🌱
📚 Butternut squash recipes
If it's the holiday season or you just want a Sunday treat, don't miss our butternut squash casserole, which works both as dessert and breakfast.
If you try this butternut vegan recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag a photo #ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Whole Roasted Butternut Squash
- 1 butternut squash
- 1 garlic head
- 1 teaspoon thyme or/and rosemary, preferable fresh
Whole Roasted Butternut Squash Method
- Preheat Oven: Crank up your oven to a sizzling 400℉ (200 ºC). Let's turn up the heat, shall we?
- Slice Squash: Halve that butternut squash and get rid of the seeds. New to this? Our post pics got your back.
- Season Squash: A little salt, a little pepper, and boom! You're on a one-way trip to Flavorville.
- Arrange Herbs: Lay the squash halves on a lined baking sheet, skin side up. Slide in a couple of garlic cloves and your go-to herbs under each half.
- Drizzle Oil: Drizzle that liquid gold, aka olive oil, all over the squash.
- Bake Squash: Into the oven it goes for 45–60 minutes. Got a petite squash? Fork-test it at 40 minutes.
- Serve: Fork-tender? You're golden. Serve it up and enjoy your culinary masterpiece!
Roasted Chunks Method
- Preheat Oven: First things first, pre-heat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC). We're setting the stage for some roasting magic.
- Cut Chunks: Peel that butternut squash and cut it into hearty chunks. Toss 'em with your fave herbs in a bowl for that extra oomph.
- Choose Oil: Here's where you choose your own adventure. Either lightly drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil for a golden touch or go oil-free by placing the chunks on parchment paper. Oh, and don't forget to add a sliced garlic head and a couple of extra cloves to the mix.
- Roast Chunks: Slide that tray into the oven and let it do its thing for 40-50 minutes. You're aiming for fork-tender perfection.
Roasted Frozen Butternut Squash Chunks
- Preheat Oven: Get that oven roaring at 450ºF (230 ºC).
- Season & Roast: Without thawing, toss the chunks in oil, salt, and your fave herbs, then roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Monitor Cooking: Place the squash on the lower rack and keep an eye on it from the 15-minute mark. Smaller chunks will cook faster, so stay alert!
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