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Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

You can make honey roasted butternut squash in an air fryer or a conventional oven. Either way, it’s a delicious seasonal side dish to grace any table.

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Think an air fryer is just for “frying?” Think again.

An air fryer can do everything your oven can do, and this delicious honey roasted butternut squash will prove it to you!

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The ingredient list:

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  • cubed butternut squash
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

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How this recipe came to be:

While visiting a local farm with a friend recently (to visit the goats and pigs), I purchased some farm-grown butternut squash and some Florida orange blossom honey.

It seemed to me like the two just naturally fit like a hand in glove, so I decided to roast them together in the air fryer.

However, as stated above, this delicious vegetable dish can also be made in a conventional oven with the same great results!

Here’s one of the goats now…Isn’t he cute?

Why this recipe works:

The flavor of this roasted squash is terrific, and the color of the completed dish is to-die-for!

It’s perfect for fall!

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash could not be easier to make.

Primarily if you use the already peeled and diced butternut squash that can easily be found in the produce section of any market these days.

Using prepared peeled and diced butternut squash is a real time-saver that is well worth taking advantage of if you have the opportunity!

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What does butternut squash taste like?

Pretty much like with the name implies.

It’s buttery and nutty when cooked, and with the addition of honey and smoked paprika this dish is all that plus it’s sweetly caramelized and slightly smoky.

It’s amazing!

How long does honey roasted butternut squash take to prepare?

If using store-bought already peeled and cubed butternut squash it will take less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

The cooking time in an air fryer is approximately 15-16 minutes at 400-degrees, depending on how deeply caramelized you want it.

The cooking time in a conventional oven (set at 425-degrees) is approximately 20-25 minutes, again, depending on how deeply caramelized you like your squash.

How to peel and cube whole butternut squash:

Always use the sharpest chef’s knife possible, and take your time.

Butternut squash is a firm and somewhat oddly shaped squash.

When cubing, always make sure to have a flat surface (of the squash) placed on the cutting board to avoid rolling and slipping.

How to make honey roasted butternut squash:

  • Place the peeled and cubed butternut squash in a large bowl.
  • Add olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and honey.
  • Toss well to coat.
  • Spread the squash evenly onto a baking sheet that will fit into an air fryer, OR conventional oven (see below for cooking instructions).
  • Air fryer method (shown): Set the air fryer temperature to 400-degrees and cook for 15-16 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking process.
  • Conventional oven method: Preheat the oven to 425-degrees. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking process.
  • Cool slightly and serve.

Additional fall vegetable side dishes:

*AUTUMN CHOPPED SALAD (pictured below)

This fall chopped salad has all the colors and flavors you love about the season! With roasted vegetables and fresh fall fruit, it will easily grace any table, for any occasion.

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*SAUTEED AUTUMN VEGETABLES WITH BACON (pictured below)

All of the colors you love about fall are in these sautéed autumn vegetables, making it the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving or fall festival table.

A tan oval bowl filled with sauteed autumn vegetables along with a hand and a spoon.

*CINNAMON SWEET POTATOES WITH SQUASH AND APPLES (pictured below)

Deliciously easy and flavorful, this recipe of roasted cinnamon sweet potatoes with squash and apples is sure to become a favorite side dish for any occasion!

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*THANKSGIVING SIDE DISH RECIPE ROUNDUP (pictured below)

The next best thing to the turkey on Thanksgiving is the side dishes! This popular Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Roundup brings you some of the best side dish recipes on the web! I hope you’re hungry!

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*HONEY ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy vegetable side dish for honey roasted butternut squash.

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Yield: 5 servings

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

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You can make honey roasted butternut squash in an air fryer or a conventional oven. Either way, it's a delicious seasonal side dish to grace any table.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1" cubes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2½ tablespoons honey

Instructions

    1. Place the peeled and chopped squash in a large bowl.
    2. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to coat.
    3. Spread the prepared squash evenly onto a proper size baking sheet (for either air fryer or conventional oven)
    4. If using an air fryer, set the temperature to 400 degrees and add the squash to cook for 15-16 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking process.
    5. If using a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 425-degrees, and add the squash to cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking process.
    6. Remove, and serve immediately.

Notes

If using an air fryer, set the temperature to 400-degrees.

If using a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 425-degrees.

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

chef's knife, cutting board, large bowl, vegetable peeler, measuring spoons, baking trays, air fryer or conventional oven, slotted spatula, wooden spoon

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

3/4 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 124Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 642mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 6gSugar 12gProtein 2g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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