Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

Butternut Squash - roasted
Vegetable Recipes: Baked Butternut Squash

This baked Butternut Squash Recipe is one of my favorites. It's so easy to make, healthy, and economical. It tastes so good - kids love it. Not only does butternut squash taste good, it's so good for you. With its nutty flavor and mildly sweet taste, it is full of vitamins, minerals, and high in fiber. With its golden yellow color, it's a healthy side dish to add visual appeal to almost any meal.

For something just a bit different and a bit more Canadian, pour 1/2 cup of maple syrup on top instead of brown sugar. Or, use apricot jam instead. None of these variations are German recipes, but they are so good!

Baked Butternut Squash Recipe


  • 2 2-lb Butternut Squashes (or 1 4-lb)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Halve each squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds. 
  • Place squash halves, cut-side up, in roasting pan.
  • Sprinkle with salt, dot with butter, and sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  • Bake, uncovered, until softened, about 50 minutes.
  • Scoop out and serve as is or mash and then serve.
  • Makes 4 servings.

Tips for Cooking Butternut Squash

  • Use 2 lb squash: serve 1/2 squash for each person.
  • Use a 4 lb squash: scoop the cooked squash into a bowl and serve as is or mash.
  • To make squash easier to cut, just wash and dry it, and put it in microwave for about one minute. This will soften skin making it easier to cut.
  • For easy cleanup, line baking sheet or roasting pan with foil.

This method is really an easy way how to cook butternut squash. If you really like baked butternut squash, try it in a casserole with cherry tomatoes and blue cheese.

I know it sounds, well, sort of weird. At least that was my first reaction to the recipe. But once I tried it, I was hooked. It's really good!

I really wish I would have learned about this "gebackener Butternusskürbis" in my childhood years. My Mutti never cooked this ... didn't seem to be part of her upbringing either.

But, now, it's such a favorite of our family. It's so delicious AND so healthy. I find I try many different types of recipes with the squashes ... but often come back to this simple basic one.

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