Not only is this the easiest and quickest way to cook any winter squash, but it’s also healthy and delicious. Squash grows in so many sizes, shapes, and colors; yet they all roast equal. Don’t be intimidated to pick up a random multi colored, hard shell gourd with a stem this season. Your bravery will be rewarded with loads of A, B6 & C vitamins. And of course the soft, delicate, sweet taste of the squash’s interior. Read more about winter squash’s nutritional content here.
Are the Fruits and Veggies you are Buying Really Organic?
Does the number on the sticker start with a 9?
If these were conventional they would have a 4 number PLU.
For example: Conventional Sugarpie Pumpkin’s PLU would read #3134. The #9 before the other 4 numbers indicates that your produce is indeed organically grown.
How to Cook ANY Winter Squash
- Cut your squash in half (generally longwise) and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees (400 is ok too if your oven is really hot)
- Lightly oil the bottom of a glass or ceramic baking dish and place the squash interior down. You can use whatever oil you like the taste of. I like olive oil and coconut oil the best.
- Roast the squash for 25-45 min depending to the size. The ones in the pictures are on the smaller side so they were done at 25 minutes. Larger ones may take up to 45 to soften. The squash is cooked through when you can lightly indent the shell with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Use an oven mitt and press gently on the squash to check for doneness.
- Remove the squash from the oven and let them cool for about 5-10 min (or until they are cool enough to handle).
Prep your squash like you do the inside of a baked potato. Fluff it up with a fork and top with butter, salt, honey and cinnamon! Or maple a dash of maple syrup? Whatever you fancy. 🙂
The Winter Squash that Starred in this Post are:
Sweet Dumpling Squash
Mildly fibrous texture with a subtly sweet taste. Very similar to Acorn Squash.
Mildly dense texture, soft and mild flavor. Resembles the taste of a pumpkin.
Just as the name suggests, it has a delicate and soft texture. It is very sweet and light. DELICIOUS! My personal favorite.
Everyone’s Fall favorite! Sweetness and perfection in every bite.
How to cook any winter squash, the quickest and easiest way. Full of A, B & C vitamins, these soft and sweet vegetables are the star of Fall & Winter!
5 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- Any Winter Squash
- Butternut Squash
- Acorn Squash
- Delicata Squash
- Carnival Squash
- Spaghetti Squash
- Sweet Dumpling Squash
- Olive Oil
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place rack in the center.
- Lightly oil the bottom of a glass or ceramic baking dish. (You can also use a baking sheet lined with foil.)
- Slice the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon.
- Place squash face down into the baking dish.
- Roast for 25 minutes for a small squash and up to 45 min for a larger one.
- The squash is done when you can lightly indent the shell with the back of a spoon or (using an oven mitt) press lightly with your fingers.
- Remove and let cool inside the dish until its safe to touch.