How to Roast a Squash

how to roast a squash

Squash is a versatile vegetable that can served as a side dish or as a key ingredient in any number of dishes: soup, salad, breakfast hash- you name it! However, it seems like not everyone understands just how easy it is to roast squash. The principles are the same regardless of the type of squash, the only thing that changes is the duration. This is my tried and true recipe for how to roast a squash. I’ve also included below a number of modifications based on the type of squash and or it’s intended use.

How to Roast a Squash: Basic Recipe

Start by cutting the squash vertically and scooping out the seeds.

cut squash and scoop out seeds

Spray or brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Depending on what you plan to make, you can also add other seasonings. See flavoring options below for ideas.

roasted delicata squash and pumpkin on tin foil lined pan ready for baking in oven

Cook the squash according to the following guidelines:

Cook the squash @ 400 degrees :

  • Delicata squash: 35-40 minutes
  • Sugar pumpkin: 45-50 minutes
  • Butternut squash: 35-40 minutes
  • Acorn squash: 40-45 minutes
  • Spaghetti Squash: 30-40 minutes
how to roast a squash

Roasted Squash Flavoring Ideas

  • Sage: Dried sage is a fantastic compliment to butternut squash in particular, but for all squash
  • Maple & Cinnamon: A fantastic addition to most squash for sweet and savory combination
  • Garlic: need I say more!?
  • Pumpkin pie spice: perfect if you’re cooking up for a sweet dessert
  • Italian Seasoning: Especially for spaghetti squash, add garlic and Italian seasoning to kick up the flavor of your spaghetti squash ‘noodles’

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