Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Craisins

I got the idea for this recipe from the Wegmans Menu magazine and a Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics cookbook. It’s one of the sides for their $6 meals right now and the picture looked pretty delicious so I thought I’d try making it.

It’s a lot of trouble. Here’s the thing — first you have to peel a butternut squash and dice it into small pieces. I had never even cooked a butternut squash before so I didn’t realize this would be difficult but it was the most stressful part of the entire dinner. It takes a long time. Sharon suggested slicing it and then taking the peel off after it was cooked, so we did that with most of the squash. However, it does get a little mushier that way and I liked the look of the pre-diced squash when it came out of the oven.

So here is my recipe…

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Craisins

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash

3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon maple syrup

A few handfuls of Craisins

A few handfuls of fresh spinach

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400. (You can do 375 — I did because I was baking frozen chicken breasts at the same time — but 400 is probably better.)

Peel and dice your butternut squash.

Get out a sheet pan with sides. Pour the olive oil and maple syrup onto it, then add a few shakes of salt and pepper. Add the squash and stir it around to coat it in the glaze.

Roast for about 20-30 minutes, checking to see when it’s tender. Add the Craisins for the last 5 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, rinse and chop a few handfuls of fresh spinach, then put in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute.

Once the squash is tender, take out of the oven and toss with the spinach.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Martha Moore says:

    You can precook the squash in the microwave to make it easier to peel and cube. Place whole squash on a plate, poke once with a knife and cook for 10 minutes or so. If you don’t cook it completely, it will still cut nicely & not get too mushy in the oven, but you should shorten the baking time.

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