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mashed butternut squash in white bowl

Mashed Butternut Squash

Serve these plain or add one of the seasoning suggestions below—mashed butternut squash is very versatile!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course side
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 94 kcal


  • 1 butternut squash (or about 4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • Salt (optional)


  • If you're starting with a whole butternut squash, you'll need to cut it. Here's exactly how I cut butternut squash. If you're using precut, just make sure that the cubes are fairly even. If not, cut them as needed.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a rimming baking sheet with foil. Place the cut squash onto the prepared sheet and toss with oil. Spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with a little salt, if using. (Skip it if making for a baby.)
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown and are soft when poked with a fork. Remove from the oven.
  • Place into a pie plate or bowl, and mash with a potato masher or a large fork. Season if desired and serve warm. (See the variations below!)


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve warm or cold, according to your preference. 
  • Seasoning options: Add a sprinkle of salt.  Add a sprinkle of salt and cinnamon. Stir in a little butter and maple syrup.
  • Serve this as a simple dinner side dish.
  • Spread a layer of mashed butternut squash onto quesadillas, tacos, or in grilled cheese.
  • Add a few spoonfuls to a favorite smoothie.
  • Blend together with plain yogurt and top with granola.
  • Stir a spoonful or two into oatmeal.
  • Stir a spoonful or two into mac and cheese.
  • Cook until tender when poked with a fork.


Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 493mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 14882IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 1mg
Keyword butternut squash, mashed butternut squash
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