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Roasted Whole Butternut Squash

Roasting butternut squash whole is an easy way to enjoy this delicious winter squash. Simply slice in half, then bake until tender.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 8


  • 1 Butternut Squash 1 ½ to 2 pounds
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt for seasoning
  • Cracked Black Pepper for seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp Pecans chopped (optional)


  • Set the oven rack to the center position and preheat to 400ºF (204ºC).
    Place the squash on a sturdy cutting board. Use a sharp chef’s knife to trim the stem and bottom of the squash.Starting at the larger side of the squash, carefully cut in half lengthwise, using small rocking motions.
    Use a large spoon to remove the seeds. If desired, wash, separate and dry the seeds for roasting later.
    Line a large baking sheet with foil. Grease the foil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, use a paper towel to spread evenly.
    Brush the flesh of the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place the squash cut side down and evenly spaced on the baking sheet. Roast until a knife can easily pierce into the flesh, about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the squash’s size.
    Carefully turn the squash over with tongs and season with salt and pepper. Serve as is or proceed with maple glaze.
    In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Brush evenly on the flesh and roast until the surface is caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish whole roasted butternut squash with chopped pecans.