Here’s a great recipe using favorite fall vegetable: Roasted Butternut Squash with Garlic, Sage and Pine Nuts.
This is one of those wonderful vegetable side dishes that you can actually make for lunch and enjoy it. The butternut squash caramelizes nicely when roasted, and it’s tossed with pan-fried sage, garlic and pine nuts. The result is a delicious combination for roasted butternut squash.
Psssst…. secret tip: If you’re a fan of goat cheese, it’s fabulous sprinkled on top. (Thank me later.)
How to make Roasted Butternut Squash:
Cut the butternut squash in half directly down the middle lengthwise. It’s going to be rather tough to do since butternut squash is so hard to cut into. Use your sharpest knife and be careful (this is the hardest part). Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff with a large tablespoon, and throw those away.
Cut off the ends. Use a peeler to peel the exterior skin off of each half of the butternut squash. Peel it down until you see orange (that’s the good stuff).
Get out that sharp knife again and cut 1/2-inch strips down the length of the squash. Then cut crosswise to make a whole bunch of chunks.
Scrape all of those perfect, beautiful, orange cubes into a medium bowl, and measure out some olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Toss it until it’s all nicely coated.
Spread it out on a baking sheet and roast it in the oven until it’s tender and slightly caramelized.
While the squash is roasting, sauté garlic, freshly chopped sage and pine nuts in a little bit of olive oil.
Toss the sautéed goodies with the roasted butternut squash, and your dish is complete!
Here are a few more roasted vegetables you might like to try:
- Roasted Baby Beets
- Orzo with Roasted Vegetables
- Citrus Roasted Asparagus
- Roasted Garlic Parmesan Carrots
- Roasted Eggplant with Chiles, Peanuts and Mint
- Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Vegetable Quinoa
- Roasted Autumn Vegetables
If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers WW plan, you’ll find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card below.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Garlic, Sage and Pine Nuts
- 3 pounds butternut squash (peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch cubes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
- ⅓ cup pine nuts
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray lightly with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, toss the butternut squash cubes with 1½ tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, until the squash is as tender as desired.
- While the squash is roasting, heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet. Add the garlic, sage and pine nuts, and sauté until the pine nuts are lightly browned. Remove from heat.
- Scoop the butternut squash into a large bowl. Scrape the contents from the skillet onto the butternut squash and gently toss. Serve immediately.
- Add crumbled goat cheese on top for a little added tangy flavor.
I’ve not yet tried it as I”ve just found it but, I am going to try it with pumpkin.
I absolutely adore this recipe!!! It’s become a Thanksgiving must-have for me. Everyone loves it and it’s so easy to make. My mouth waters just thinking about it. :0)
Is there anything I can sub fir pinenuts? They are sometimes hard to locate.
Well, you can always leave them out… or sub another nut that you like. Maybe pecans?
I made this dish for my bunko group and again for a group of relatives. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. Big time saver hint…some groceries like Trader Joe’s have the butternut squash already peeled and cubed. You might just need to cut the cubes into smaller pieces. This is the perfect side dish for a fall dinner party!
This recipe is awesome. I have linked it to facebook, sent it out via email, and told everyone that will listen to me about it.
@mamafeelgood, Wow, thanks 🙂
My husband refused to eat squash until he walked in the house and smelled this cooking. Now he LOVES it!! We never knew squash could be so amazingly delicious!!
We love the sage/pinenut/garlic combo. Adding the goat cheese is a big plus.Thanks for the tip on peeling the squash. (BTW, a blue cheese vinaigrette dressing is another way to dress up squash –a little crumbled bacon can added, as well!)
My family loved this dish. Sage and butternut squash go so well together. This dish was simple to make (peeling the squash was tedious with my dated peeler) yet had a very complex taste to it. I made a lemon pepper pasta with garden sun dried tomatoes, crimini mushroom and parmesan tossed in olive oil. I decided to substitute the olive oil in the squash dish with butter. It all went together so nicely, thank you!
So colorfully appetizing. My dad just dropped off a butternut squash for me from his garden, your post has me excited to use it up.