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How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash (Kid-Friendly!)

Amy Palanjian
Cut the squash into cubes, shapes, or "fries" based on what your kids may like to make this easy veggie side dish fun (yet still easy).
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course side
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 115 kcal


  • 1 medium butternut squash (or 4 cups precut cubes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt; cinnamon and brown sugar; cumin and salt; OR crushed rosemary and salt


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Coat with nonstick spray.
  • Remove the peel from the squash with a vegetable peeler or with a knife.
  • Cut the "neck", or the skinnier part of the squash into 1/2-inch rounds.
  • Cut into cubes, "fries" using a zig zag slicer, or into shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Place on a greased foil-lined baking sheet in one even layer. Sprinkle with optional spices.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until soft when poked a fork.


  • If serving to a child under 1, you can skip the salt
  • Choose one spice combo—salt; cinnamon and brown sugar; cumin and salt; OR crushed rosemary and salt—if desired.
  • Aim to cut the squash to an even thickness so the pieces bake at the same time.
  • Spread the squash in an even layer on the pan so they cook evenly.
  • Grease the foil to ensure that the squash doesn't stick to the pan.
  • Use precut store bought butternut squash if desired and simply roast the cubes.


Calories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 660mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 19931IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 1mg
Keyword how to make butternut squash, roasted butternut squash, roasted squash
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