Sunday, November 28, 2010

Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar

This recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar couldn't be easier, but the results are amazing!

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(Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar was updated with better photos in November 2010.)

Butternut squash is something I learned to love from my grandmother Denny, who'd roast big pieces of it on a cookie sheet and then mash it with lots of butter, salt, and pepper. Of course that tasted great, but when I make this roasted butternut squash tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and just a touch of rosemary, I don't miss the butter at all.  This recipe is about as easy as they come, especially if you use those pre-cut squash cubes that start to show up at this time of year. If you're cutting your own squash (which is the way I like to do it) you might want to read How to Peel and Cut Up a Butternut Squash before you start.

Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar found on
I like to mix the olive oil, 1 T balsamic vinegar, and chopped rosemary to be sure it gets evenly distributed on the squash pieces.

Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comToss the squash cubes with the mixture, turning it over several times so the squash pieces are well coated.

Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comSpread squash out in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast at 400F/200C for about 20 minutes.

Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comThen turn the squash pieces over and roast about 20 minutes more, or until squash is soft and starting to get caramelized. When it's done, toss squash with 1 tsp. more of your best balsamic vinegar, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.

Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.comRoasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar
(4-6 servings, adapted from Roasted Butternut Squash with Balsamic Vinegar by Lynne Rosetto Casper.)

2 lbs. butternut squash cubes (about 6 cups)
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T + 1 tsp. best quality balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. very finely chopped fresh or frozen rosemary, or slightly less dried rosemary (be sure it's especially finely chopped if you use dried rosemary)
sea salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 F/200C. Mix together the olive oil, 1 T balsamic vinegar, and rosemary, then toss squash cubes with the mixture.

Arrange the squash on a cookie sheet or dish large enough to hold it in a single layer. Roast 20 minutes, then turn squash and roast about 20 minutes more, or until squash is very soft and starting to get slightly caramelized.

Remove from oven and toss squash with additional 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and pepper. You can mash slightly if you want, but I keep mine rather chunky. Serve hot.

This is also excellent made ahead and reheated. For a holiday like Thanksgiving where there are lots of demands on the oven, it could be cooked early in the day and kept warm in a crockpot while other things bake.

South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This healthful way to cook butternut squash would make it approved for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

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More Tasty Dishes with Rosemary:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Roasted Butternut Squash with Lime and Rosemary from Kalyn's Kitchen
Gluten-Free Rosemary Olive Bread from Use Real Butter
Pan Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms, Onions, and Rosemary from Kalyn's Kitchen
White Bean Artichoke Dip with Rosemary from Farmgirl Fare
Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken or Zucchini from Kalyn's Kitchen
Orange and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin from Chocolate and Zucchini
Onion Gratin with Rosemary and Thyme from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Rosemary and Garlic Herb Rub from Kalyn's Kitchen
Potato Rosemary Rolls from Two Peas and Their Pod
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  1. I love the sound of this. I'm drooling and it's only 8:30 in the morning!

  2. Ruth, it was beyond delicious!! I ate it for lunch yesterday and I kept saying to myself, I can't believe this squash tastes so good and not a drop of butter.

  3. I might consider sherry vinegar as well :)

  4. Well, whatever challenges you faced taking pics of the squash--you certainly overcame them! The photos are fab!

  5. I agree - the photos are lovely, and I'll most likely be adding this recipe to my Thanksgiving menu this year (after trying it out and enjoying it myself first!)

  6. Beautiful pictures!! And the pre-cut squash would be SOOOO helpful. Squash is good for us and it's a shame to ruin it by making it unhealthy. But, this is perfect, good for you and delicious! Thanks for that!

  7. How funny, a recipe roasted butternut squash is my entry for the day, too! If I'd have read your journal first, I'd have waited 'til tomorrow to post it. But maybe today should be proclaimed Butternut Squash Day. Of course your photos are way better than mine. I really need to learn how to to take food pictures.

  8. This looks delish! And buying already peeled and cubed squash? What a clever idea for a large group of eaters. It takes me forever to peel and cube just one butternut squash. Great idea Kalyn!

  9. I will have to try the balsamic on the squash, I usually just do rosemary and evoo.

    Roasted sweet potatoes are also very tasty! One of my favorite dinners!

  10. Bill, I think sherry vinegar would be great.

    Erin, thanks, it's the camera, not me.

    Becky, hope you like it.

    Sher, the pre-cut squash is fantastic. I'm already thinking of other ways to use it.

    Bythebay, I guess we're channeling each other. Like I said, it's the camera, not me.

    Christine, ditto what I said to Sher about the pre-cut squash. I agree, it's very hard to cut up.

    Maria, the balsamic adds a tiny bit of sweetness which is great.

  11. ohyes! butternut, i can't believe i haven't cookad any yet this year. i think you triggered some kind of deep hidden craving in me w/ those pics. mmmmmmmmm!

  12. I don't usually eat squash (and also pumpkin), but I know their texture and colors are great. I also prepared something with Rosemary, (so does Ilva)... and yours... wow!

  13. Hey wonderful snaps and your recipe sounds totally mouth watering!!! And the pics are great. They look delicious. Cant hardly wait to try it out. Thanks again for sharing it with us. You can also find many more related and useful resources at this
    Thanksgiving Blog. Visit it soon and share all the warmth and fun of Thanksgiving.

  14. Aria, me too. I love butternut of all the types of winter squash.

    Gattina, we're all channeling each other with the rosemary.

    Sean, the Thanksgiving Blog does look quite charming.

  15. Hey thanks a lot for checking it. Nice to know you liked it!!!! Thanks again and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  16. Kalyn, the Roasted Butternut Squash
    is amazing, I can add onions and chillies and make it spicy.

    I read your article on Diwali on Blogher, thanks for the mention.

  17. I adore squash with balsamic. This is a great idea for the upcoming holiday, Kalyn - your blog has quickly become one of my favorites for its motivating writing and recipes. Can't wait for more Thanksgiving.

  18. Indosungod, I loved reading about all the Diwali traditions for that post. Glad you liked it.

    Emily, thanks so much for saying that. I'm so happy you like it.

  19. Balsamic Vinegar...I consider it a miracle food - it changes everything especially roasted veggies. Really like the sound of the roasted butternut squash with rosemary and balsamic!

  20. I like very much this recipe. It's easy and looks very tasty. I've got all the ingredients in kitchen and would like to try it this week. i'll tell you about my experience.
    You've change the top of the front page ! It's very nice too, and still at your image.

  21. Best butternut squash recipe EVER! I have made it several times and every last bite is gone. It was a highlight at our thanksgiving this year! People were even nibbling on it cold afterward so there were no leftovers for the next day. THANK YOU!

  22. Stephanie, thanks! One of my own favorites as well.

  23. The new look of your blog is fantastic, Kalyn! This butternut squash recipe is calling my name. Rosemary and balsamic vinegar...nice.

  24. Love the new look! I like that you have a section that lists our previous posts. Your global readers will appreciate the recipe conversion section. Count me in as a reader who has previously tried your roasted butternut squash recipe. It was wonderful! Well worth the challenge to peel the squash.

  25. Thanks Dara and Helen.

    As for peeling the squash, I tried the squash cubes a few times and I think the freshly peeled squash is much more flavorful! But I realize that peeling squash isn't for everyone.

  26. I am a roasted butternut squash fan Kalyn.

  27. I love that you left out the butter and it still tastes great. Love your new look.

  28. I love the new look of your blog, and this recipe sounds wonderful.

  29. I did something similar to this for Thanksgiving. I had a butternut squash and two sweet potatoes. I tossed the cubes in olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic powder, then baked.

    I took some orange marmalade and melted it and then gently tossed the cubes with the marmalade.

    It was good! but next time I'm leaving off the marmalade. I liked it just roasted.


  30. Thanks for the nice feedback, both about this recipe and the new look of the blog.

    Amy I like the idea of combining butternut squash and sweet potatoes!

  31. The new design looks GREAT, Kalyn. This squash looks great, too - and I've been meaning to try your recipe since your first posted it! No excuse now, as I have several butternuts in the pantry (I knew I was saving them for something) and some beautiful rosemary in the greenhouse.

    Congratulations on the new look, and on all your well deserved success with Kalyn's Kitchen. I can't believe we've been blogging for over five years! xoxo

  32. Thanks Susan. I agree, that five years sure do go by quickly didn't it?

  33. I just made a roasted kabocha and sweet potato mixture that came out so well. I used lemon rather than the vinegar. I will have to try the balsamic next time cause I love it!

  34. I love your new site design. Love it! Great recipe too:)

  35. Thanks Maria. I am so happy with it.

  36. This really looks healthy as well as delicious! Can't wait to make it.

  37. This looks like such a good side dish, Kalyn! Love it!

  38. This does look delicious, never thought I would live to say I would try squash or anything related. Thanks for a great post!

  39. this is a beautiful dish! i just wanted to let you know that i posted an entry about this dish on my blog and gave you all the credit, of course :)

  40. Angela thanks, glad you liked it.

  41. I think this flavorings would be wonderful on Roasted Tofu as well! (I've been on a tofu kick lately.)

  42. I agree, it sounds great on tofu!

  43. What a simple and delicious dish! I tried it yesterday: served it with quinoa and a green salad. My family loved it.

  44. I made this for dinner last night. Really good! I have made roasted butternut squash many times and loved it - now I have another delicious way to enjoy it. I pinned this on pinterest to pass it on.

  45. Carol, so glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the pin!

  46. I made this for dinner tonight and it was great! I added a bit pressed fresh garlic after it was cooked as well.

  47. Desiree, so glad you liked it. And I am always up for adding garlic.

  48. Made this last night for friends in Port Alfred. It was an absolute hit, thanks so much for posting the recipe (and for it appearing so high up the google pics ranks!)

    we didn't have fresh rosemary to hand so i used dried rosemary&olive. We did have fresh oregano so i put some of that in. Seemed to work v. well but next time will combine with fresh rosemary. Suspect another good alternative if no balsamic vinegar to hand would be maple syrup, if feeling v. decadent!


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