This Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash is an easy fall side dish recipe and perfect to add to your holiday dinner menu. A delicious and flavorful roasted butternut squash recipe the whole family will enjoy.
If you’ve been looking for a new holiday side dish, then look no further than this delicious roasted squash recipe. It’s full of the flavors of fall, and it’s a savory dish which makes it a great side for all your favorite holiday foods. I’ve been making this particular recipe for several years now. It was shared with me by a friend, and I was impressed with the flavor and the simplicity. I routinely bring this dish to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and parties, and it’s always a hit. Everyone loves the flavor, and I love how easy it is to make.
Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
This delicious side starts with diced butternut squash. Then, I simply toss it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon and roast it to perfection. The natural sweetness of the roasted squash combines perfectly with the cinnamon to make a side dish that just screams fall. It’s ready in a snap, too, which makes it easy for me to bring a delicious addition to any party, and I don’t have to stay in the kitchen for hours to do it.
Why You’ll Love This Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
- It’s an easy side dish that only uses a few simple ingredients.
- It’s a healthy side dish that pairs well with chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and so much more.
- The bite-sized butternut squash is so flavorful, and it has a classic holiday look.
- Cube your butternut squash into small, bite-sized 1-inch cubes for uniform roasting and easy eating. I purchased butternut squash from the grocery store that was pre-cut which made it even easier to make.
- Don’t overcook the squash. Baking it until it’s just tender will give you the perfect texture and flavor.
- You can add sugar for a sweeter flavor.
- Make a dessert by omitting the pepper, adding brown sugar to the mixture, and topping the squash with mini marshmallows.
What to Serve with Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
Butternut squash, especially this recipe, is excellent with a variety of dishes like:
- Roasted vegetables
- Macaroni and cheese
- Stuffing or dressing
- Sweet potato casserole
- Green bean casserole
- Any of your favorite dinner and holiday foods
How do you cut squash for roasting?
If you plan on using the squash for a puree, simply cut it in half. If you’re roasting it for a recipe like this one, peel and dice the squash into cubes.
How do you cut and peel butternut squash for roasting?
If you plan on using the squash for a puree, simply cut it in half. If you’re roasting it for a recipe like this one, cut it in half, remove the seeds, and peel it with a vegetable peeler. Then cut off the top and bottom ends and cut the squash lengthwise into strips. Cut those into cubes, and you’re ready to roast.
Does butternut squash need peeling before roasting?
You don’t have to. The skin is edible.
What flavors go well with butternut squash?
Butternut squash’s natural sweetness lends it to both sweet and savory pairings.
- Bay leaf
- Brown sugar
- Maple syrup
Can you freeze butternut squash?
Yes, you can. Prep by seeding and chopping the squash, with or without the skin. Then freeze in an airtight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for 6 months to a year.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Store your squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer storage, freeze it in an airtight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to a year.
The easiest way to reheat the squash is to cover it and microwave it at 30-second intervals until heated through.
Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Ingredients
It only takes a handful of ingredients to make this recipe, and you almost certainly have all of them except the squash in your kitchen right now.
- Butternut squash
- Black pepper
- Ground cinnamon
- Olive oil
How to Make Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
Making this recipe is just as easy as gathering up the ingredients. It only takes a few minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven.
Step 1: Season
Place aluminum foil or parchment paper on a baking sheet. In a medium bowl, add butternut squash and toss with olive oil. Place squash in a single layer and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cinnamon.
Step 2: Roast
Bake the squash for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
Try This Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Today
This recipe is so good and so easy to make. It comes together in a snap, so it’s perfect for both holiday gatherings and a delicious side for a weeknight dinner. Give this easy, delicious recipe a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
More Delicious Side Dish Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Sweet Potato Casserole – This is a delicious Ruth’s Chris copycat recipe of their famous side dish recipe. So easy to make and absolutely delicious.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – A delicious soup recipe that delivers a burst of fall flavor that is rich and buttery with splashes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese – This comfort food recipe has earthy butternut squash that melts into the cheesy goodness of this delicious side dish recipe.
And, here are some delicious Bacon Green Beans from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, that will pair nicely with this cinnamon roasted butternut squash recipe.
Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a medium bowl, add squash and toss in olive oil.
- Add squash in a single layer on an oven safe baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cinnamon.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until squash is fork tender.
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