Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple

Such familiar ingredients, just butternut squash cut in cubes, chopped apples, maple syrup and warm fall spices. Yet somehow these easy, fall roasted vegetables create unexpected layers of flavor and color. And isn't this one of the prettiest vegetable dishes to ever hit a table?! Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple is festive for special occasions like Thanksgiving but simple enough for weekend suppers too.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color, so festive for holiday buffets and tables. Weight Watchers Friendly. Easily Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free.

Real Food, Fresh & Seasonal. Perfect for Fall and Winter. Budget Friendly. Especially Pretty on a Buffet. Weeknight Simple, Weekend Special. Easily Converted to Vegan.

  • "Fantastic recipe! ... huge hit with everyone." ~ Andrew
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A "Real Food" Recipe from a Surprising Source

When I was first learning to cook, my "teachers" were three church cookbooks, a 3x5 box for recipes clipped from newspapers and, over time, a stack of Pillsbury cookbooks, you know the ones, right? from the grocery store check-out lane?

As my cooking style veered toward "whole food" and "real ingredients", the Pillsbury product-heavy recipes no longer appealed.

So I hadn’t bought a Pillsbury cookbook in years until somehow, last year’s November issue grabbed my attention. And hey! it was a nice little recipe book, with short and seasonal recipes, good pictures, a focus on eating healthfully – all in all, my kind of recipe inspiration!

If you find yourself with an extra minute waiting in a grocery line, you might scan the current issue, just to see.

This squash and apple dish is the first recipe from the Pillsbury cookbook. And honestly, it caught me by surprise – the layers of flavor are just so good, that brightness of cinnamon, that smokiness of curry, the familiar bites of winter squash and apple.

It would be a hit, I think, at Thanksgiving, especially in a buffet since it’s good served both hot and at room temperature. Later, I’d serve it with ham, perhaps pork, perhaps lamb. It has a festive feel that makes it perfect for holiday tables but a Saturday night supper, too.

About This Recipe

  • This is a colorful vegetable side dish for serving hot or at room temperature, just cubes of butternut squash and apple tossed in spices and roasted until soft and aromatic.
  • The distinctive ingredients are the pretty orange squash, the crisp apple, the spices (curry, cinnamon and nutmeg) plus a touch of maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.
  • It takes about 20 minutes to cut up and prep the squash and apple, then almost another hour in the oven.
  • Because the squash takes longer to cook than the apple, it goes in the oven by itself first, then the apple is added later. The baking sheet is covered with foil, this creates an "oven within an oven" that keeps the squash and fruit moist and flavorful.
  • This is one of the prettiest side dishes, especially welcome in the fall and winter when so many dishes are just a lot of brown-brown-brown.
  • The recipe yields about four cups of roasted squash and apple, that's about eight side-dish servings.
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Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color. Festive for holiday buffets and tables.


Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 1-1/4 hours
Makes 4 cups
  • 1 butternut squash, about 1-1/2 pounds, washed well
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 apples, cored, chopped into half-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (don’t skip)

Set oven to 375F/190C. While the oven heats up, place a glass or ceramic baking dish on the center rack in the oven to preheat.

SQUASH Place the squash in the microwave for 3 minutes to soften (see TIPS). Remove the skin, seeds and membrane, then into half-inch cubes (see How to Cut, Peel & Cube a Butternut Squash). In a large bowl (see TIPS), toss the squash with remaining squash ingredients, coating the cubes well with butter and spices. Transfer to the baking dish.

ROAST THE SQUASH ALONE Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

ADD THE APPLES Combine apples, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. Arrange apples over the squash. Re-cover with foil, bake for another 10 minutes.

FINISH ROASTING Uncover the dish, stir and bake for about another 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the squash is fully cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately.

ALANNA’s TIPS Cooking the squash for just 3 minutes in the microwave softens the very outer layer just enough so that it’s much easier to slice off the ends and the skin. While it would be possible, say, to just toss the squash with the butter and spices right in the baking dish, I find that to use less fat when roasting vegetables, it’s easier to use another dish so that you can really move the pieces around, coating every last inch.
FOR MORE INFO If you "skipped straight to the recipe," please scroll back to the top of this page for ingredient information, ingredient substitutions, tips and more. If you print this recipe, you'll want to check the recipe online for even more tips and extra information about ingredient substitutions, best results and more. See .
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half Cup: 105 Calories; 3g Tot Fat; 2g Sat Fat; 7mg Cholesterol; 295mg Sodium; 21g Carb; 3g Fiber; 11g Sugar; 1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS Old Points 2 & PointsPlus 3 & SmartPoints 3 & Freestyle 2 & myWW green 2 & blue 2 & purple 2 & future WW points This recipe has been "Alanna-sized" with reductions in fat and sugar and increases in no-calorie spices.

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~ Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ~
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  1. Looks so good! And healthy for Thanksgiving, great way to balance out the carbs :)

  2. You can buy pre-peeled, diced butternut squash, which would save even more time with this recipe. I'd still cut it into smaller, even chunks, but at least the peeling and seeding would be done for you. Looks yummy -- thanks for sharing!

  3. Fantastic recipe! I made this for my soon-to-be in-laws over last Thanksgiving, and it was a huge hit with everyone.

    I've even plugged it from my own weight-loss column, here.

  4. To be honest, I expected to love this dish -- after all, I am a big fan of butternut squash, apples, maple syrup, curry, etc. But I found the spices overpowering, and I couldn't even taste the squash. Very disappointing.

  5. Hi Elaine, So sorry that this recipe didn't work out for you, thanks for taking the time to report in. Kitchen Parade recipes are often 'spice forward' so if that's not to your taste, you might think about adjusting the spices in the future. But I'll make this again over Thanksgiving, to make sure that the squash flavor still comes through, I always want my recipes to taste like what's in them, not what's added. Thanks again!

  6. Would it work to make this recipe ahead of time and just reheat it?


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