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Honey Roasted Butternut Squash – A simple yet delicious side dish with roasted butternut squash and crunchy pecans combined with cinnamon and honey. It’s perfect for weeknights and holidays, too!
Not only did I put butternut squash on the menu for today, I also said the “H” word, already!! EEEEK! In case you didn’t catch it, H is for Holidays.
But, it’s practically November – we can do that!
SO! Hi Hi! Are you feeling it?! The little bit of crispy air that’s creeping up on us? We did have 70+ degrees these past few days, which is completely odd for October, but there still was a cool feel in the air and I was okay with it. I’m ready for squash all.the.things; pumpkins, butternuts, acorn… bring.it.on.
Having said all that, I figure we can finally take a bigger bite out of Fall starting with this Honey Roasted Butternut Squash. Tossed with crunchy pecans, cinnamon, honey, and STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil, this sweet and savory side dish is LOAD.ED with flavor.
But first, a quick side note! This month is Cancer Awareness Month and STAR is a proud partner of Susan G. Komen® and its mission to end breast cancer forever. During the month of October, the 500 ml STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil labels turn from green to pink, and Borges USA (supplier of STAR products) will donate $60,000 to Susan G. Komen® regardless of sales❣
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And this butternut squash is another extension of my love for their Extra Virgin Olive Oil made of fresh pressed olives. With that sweet taste and peppery finish, it is a great addition to this beautiful side dish.
The only thing to complete this fabulousness is to add a nice dose of pecans, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and pour on the honey. It.is.fan.tas.tic. I promise.
What isn’t so delicious and glamorous is the part where you have to peel the squash and cut it… For me, it is a 10-minute brawl with the cutting board sitting on my floor and me trying my hardest not to cut off my hand with the butcher knife.
Clearly, this time I won.
Now, lets sharpen our knives and get on the squash cutting business, asap. You’ll love this recipe!
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TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE
- 1 (2.5 to 3 pounds) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into cubes
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 2 tablespoons Star Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt , or to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Lightly coat a baking sheet or baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine cubed squash, pecans, olive oil, honey, cinnamon and salt; toss well to combine.
- Transfer the butternut squash mixture to previously prepared baking sheet and arrange in one layer.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender, giving it a light stir halfway through cooking.
- Remove from oven.
- Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
WW Smart Points: 12