Today I’m sharing my simple roasted butternut squash recipe that can be made two ways: curried or Italian-style.
Roasted butternut squash is one of my favorite side dishes during the cooler time of the year. It complements just about any vegan dinner very nicely.
Butternut squash is naturally on the sweeter side, and the flavor and texture falls somewhere in between sweet potatoes and pumpkin. However, it’s less starchy than sweet potatoes (not that I’m afraid of starches!), and I find it tastier than pumpkin – I’m sure that a lot of you will agree with me here.
A lot of us stay away from butternut squash because it’s quite hard to peel and cut up. Some people buy pre-cut butternut squash in grocery stores to avoid the drama of having to chop it themselves, but we all know that prepped vegetables are more expensive to buy, plus you often get less food for more money.
This recipe is one of the 15 kid friendly vegan recipes that have been approved by my 2 year-old daughter.
If you follow the directions I’ve outlined in the recipe below, you’ll prep a whole butternut squash by yourself in minutes like it’s no big deal.
Depending on what else is for dinner, I use different spices on the squash to achieve flavor that complements the rest of the meal.
Curried butternut squash goes well with Indian lentil or bean stews.
Italian butternut squash can be served as a part of a delicious fall-inspired comfort food feast. Serve it with as a side dish with homemade BBQ seitan or BBQ chickpeas, or pair it with other vegan side dishes like slow cooker collard greens or chipotle coleslaw.
While I’ve profiled 2 sets of spices in this recipe for Indian- and Italian-style butternut squash, you can change up the spices to your liking – this surely is the dish that allows lots of experimenting.
Do you use different types of winter squash a lot this time of the year? What is your favorite way to prepare butternut squash?