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Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese

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5 from 2 votes
Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese is a delicious flavor combination and a perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving menu.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese in a serving bowl.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese is a delicious flavor combination and a perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving menu.

Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet? I’ve been thinking about it and have come up with something a little out of the ordinary.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese in a serving bowl.

I like to change things up with a new recipe or two from year to year so I’ve been trying out a few new things. Like this butternut squash recipe. It’s definitely a keeper and it’s going on the menu for this year along with my Southern Cornbread Dressing, an Apple and Cranberry Salad, and an Old Fashioned Pumpkin Roll. Yum.

This is simply roasted butternut squash tossed with pecans and blue cheese. Easy, quick, and full of flavor! My official taste tester, also known as BeeBop, and I both agreed that it was one of the best ways we’ve found to enjoy butternut squash.

How to Make Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

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Photo collage showing a split and peeled butternut squash on a cutting board.

Start by preparing the squash. Now, cutting and peeling a butternut squash take some strength and you should be very careful with your knife when doing this. Here are some hints to make it easier:

Before you start peeling or chopping, microwave the squash whole for about 30 to 45 seconds. This will soften the squash slightly and make the job a little easier. Just stab it all over with a very sharp knife and pop it into the microwave.

Next, slice off about 1/4-inch from each end. Stand the squash on one flat end and, using a sharp vegetable peeler, peel all the skin.

Now carefully cut the entire squash in half lengthwise and then again crosswise. Once you have it in manageable pieces, scoop out all the seeds and the “goo.” If you have a serrated grapefruit spoon, it’s a great tool for cleaning out the seed cavity.

One-inch cubes of butternut squash on a baking sheet.

After you’ve cleaned and peeled the squash, cut it into about 1″ cubes. Put the cubes on a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle over the thyme leaves. Toss well so that all the cubes are coated with olive oil.

Roast the squash in a 425 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until it’s tender and just lightly golden brown.

Roasted butternut squash cubes on a baking sheet.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the squash cool for a few minutes.

Photo collage showing blue cheese and pecans being added to the roasted butternut squash cubes.

Toss the baked squash with the pecans and blue cheese. Add some additional fresh thyme leaves if desired.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese in a serving bowl.

Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese is a delicious flavor combination and a perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving menu.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ lb butternut squash (one medium sized squash)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 stems fresh thyme
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Halve or quarter the squash and scoop out the seeds. Peel and then cut the squash into 1” cubes.
  • Put the squash in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Toss so that all the squash is coated with oil.
  • Roast for 30-45 minutes or until squash is tender.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly. Toss with pecans and blue cheese. Add additional fresh thyme leaves if desired.

Notes

Tips for peeling and chopping the squash: Before beginning, microwave the squash whole for about 30 to 45 seconds. This will soften the squash slightly and make the job a little easier. Stab it all over with a very sharp knife and pop it into the microwave.
Next, slice off about 1/4-inch from each end. Stand the squash on one flat end and, using a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler, peel all the skin.
Now carefully cut the entire squash in half lengthwise and then again crosswise. Once you have it in manageable pieces, scoop out all the seeds and the “goo.” If you have a serrated grapefruit spoon, it’s a great tool for cleaning out the seed cavity.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 1272mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 36312IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on October 26, 2012.

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14 Comments

  1. I love the simplicity of this dish, yet the combination of crunchy pecans and cream cheese takes it over the top!

  2. Oh my gosh, could this dish be any more stunning in color and in flavors? I could probably eat this every night and never get sick of it :)

    1. Why, thank you, Nancy. This was a little different combination with the squash, pecans, and blue cheese, and it turned out to be a new favorite of ours. A little different and very good. Here’s wishing for some cooler weather for you.

  3. This sounds absolutely perfect – especially as a Thanksgiving side dish! Some of my favorite flavors all together!

  4. Butternut is my favorite squash, and love it in sweet and savory treats:-) Your recipe looks sooooo good, it would be a perfect dinner for me:-) Hugs, Terra

  5. Caught you in my feed again Lana!! :) I bet that’s a terrific flavor combination with the blue cheese!

  6. I love finding new ways to eat butternut squash and I never would have dreamed of pairing BNS with blue cheese but it sounds great. Thanks for the idea!