Mashed Butternut Squash

2 servings
50 min

Mashed Butternut Squash combines roasted garlic, fresh herbs, and gorgonzola cheese to create a savory, creamy side dish you will love.

You’ll love that there’s no peeling involved in this recipe. Simply roast the butternut squash in the oven, then scoop out the flesh and mash together with the other ingredients. It really couldn’t be any simpler.


This easy butternut squash recipe is also totally customizable. Switch up the cheese, and use any fresh herbs you like. No fresh herbs on hand? Use a teaspoon of dried herbs.


Ready to create this simple and flavorful side dish? Scroll on down for the full instructions and tips to customize.


FAQS:

What does butternut squash taste like?The flavor is very similar to a sweet potato, slightly sweet and a little earthy. It lends itself well to both sweet and savory dishes.

How do I store leftover Mashed Butternut Squash?Simply scoop any leftovers into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat on the stovetop.


MASHED SQUASH INGREDIENTS:

You will need these ingredients ⇧
  • Butternut squash: It’s low in calories and loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. See Healthline’s article for detailed nutritional information.
  • Gorgonzola cheese: This mild blue cheese variety is full of earthy flavor without being overpowering.
  • Roasted garlic: Roasting garlic mellows the sharp flavor and brings out its sweetness. Check out how to roast garlic.
  • Fresh thyme: Thyme has a subtle, earthy and slightly floral flavor.


HOW TO PREPARE MASHED BUTTERNUT SQUASH:

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • While the oven is preheating slice the butternut squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.
  • Place flesh side down on a prepared baking sheet, and bake for 40 minutes, or until softened.
  • While the squash is cooling, finely chop a tablespoon of fresh herbs.
  • Once cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix together with a hand masher.
  • You’re ready to serve along side your favorite main dish.
Cut the squash in half, and remove the seeds.
Place on a baking sheet, and roast for 40 minutes.
Add the squash flesh and remaining ingredients to a bowl.
Mash everything together.
If desired, spoon into skin to serve.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

  • Serve as a side dish with poultry—try Air Fryer Whole Chicken, Cornish Game Hens, or Buttermilk Brined Chicken.
  • Butternut squash is also delicious with pork—try with Smoked Pork Loin or Oven Baked Pork Chops.

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INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Butternut squash: Try this recipe with any winter squashes—acorn, kabocha, delicata, etc.
  • Fresh thyme: Use any fresh herbs that you like. Rosemary, sage, or chives are also delicious choices.
  • Gorgonzola cheese: Use any easy melting cheese—swiss, havarti, provolone, smoked gouda, parmesan, etc.


RECIPE NOTES:

  • Mix in a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.
  • If you want to present the squash in it’s skin for serving, just be careful not to break the skin when scooping out the flesh. Alternatively, you can simply serve in a bowl.


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Recipe details

  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Ingredients


  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons roasted garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions


Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
While the oven is preheating slice the butternut squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.
Place flesh side down on a prepared baking sheet, and bake for 40 minutes, or until softened.
While the squash is cooling, finely chop a tablespoon of fresh herbs.
Once cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix together with a hand masher.
You’re ready to serve along side your favorite main dish.

Tips

  • Mix in a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.
  • INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS:
  • Butternut squash: Try this recipe with any winter squashes—acorn, kabocha, delicata, etc.
  • Fresh thyme: Use any fresh herbs that you like. Rosemary, sage, or chives are also delicious choices.
  • Gorgonzola cheese: Use any easy melting cheese—swiss, havarti, provolone, smoked gouda, parmesan, etc.

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