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Easiest Whole Roasted Winter Squash

Serves 4
Time 1 hr 10 min
This is your secret weapon for cool-weather meals: rich, perfectly roasted winter squash without any prep work at all. This method works for winter squash of any size, so simply adjust the roasting time as needed.
  • 1 (1 1/2 to 2 pounds) whole winter squash such as butternut, acorn or kabocha

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place whole squash on a baking sheet and roast until the skin is papery and a fork inserted into 2 or 3 different spots reveals very tender flesh, about 1 hour. Set aside until cool enough to handle and peel away the skin, discarding the seeds.

Serving Suggestions 
Serve as is, or spoon into gratins, casseroles, winter salads and stews. Purée in a food processor until smooth to make soups, risottos, dips and spreads, or gift-worthy baked goods such as pies, cookies and muffins.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 1 (1 1/2 to 2 pounds) whole winter squash such as butternut, acorn or kabocha